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Austin Harris, J.D., Ph.D.

Science Guyz Owner

Organic Chemistry 2211 and 2212

 

Austin founded Science Guyz in 2010 after recognizing a demand for organic chemistry tutors in Athens that was not being met. Wielding a Ph.D. in Chemistry and later a law degree, both from the University of Georgia, he went about molding the company into a successful venture and an asset for the academic community in Athens. Throughout the evolution of Science Guyz, Austin has kept steadfast focus on making sure that the company is student-centered before anything else. Though he possesses many skills, it has been Harris's natural drive as a motivational educator that has helped countless undergraduates navigate their paths towards academic success. 

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Banks Torgerson

Store Manager

Head Biology 1107 Tutor

General Chemistry 1211 & 1212

 

Banks graduated magna cum laude from the University of Georgia in May 2019 with his Bachelor of Science in Biology and Bachelor of Science in Psychology. He is currently a graduate student pursuing his Masters of Public Health in Epidemiology at UGA. As an undergraduate, Banks served as a student TA in the Principles of Biology sequence for three semesters and was thus exposed to the teaching styles of multiple professors. Banks also conducted undergraduate research in Biology education, served as a Franklin College Student Ambassador, represented the Franklin College of Arts & Sciences at various events throughout the university, and participated as a member of the Pi Kappa Beta honor society. He loves helping students develop problem-solving skills that are required to be successful in STEM classes. 

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Kailee Baker

Store Manager

Head OChem Tutor

Organic Chemistry 2211 and 2212 

Kailee graduated from the University of Georgia in 2019 with her Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences. What began in 2017 as a job to pay for college quickly evolved into a passion for helping students understand the complexities of chemistry. As an undergraduate, Kailee researched the interactions of viral proteases with ubiquitin-like proteins involved in the mammalian innate immune response. Following graduation, Kailee traveled to the University of Kentucky, where she received hands-on training in synthetic chemistry; she spent two years as a research assistant studying the various synthetic routes of opioids. While away from SG, Kailee realized how rewarding tutoring was and has since rejoined the team to continue doing what she loves. When she is not designing new content for SG, Kailee can be found exploring the outdoors with her dog, taking care of her plants, or starting a new home improvement project.

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Megan McArthur

Chemistry 1210, 1211, and 1212 

Megan graduated magna cum laude from The University of Georgia in May 2020 with her Bachelor of Science in Biology. Megan achieved the high honor of making Dean's List every semester since beginning her studies at UGA. In undergrad, she conducted research in the biochemistry department, where she focused on using stem cells to mitigate the effects of Salt and Pepper Syndrome, and also volunteered at both St. Mary's Hospital and the Miranda Faith Foundation, the latter of which is a Christ-centered organization that provides backpacks full of school supplies to underprivileged children. Megan looks forward to using her past tutoring experience and deep content knowledge to help other UGA students excel in their science courses. In Fall 2021, Megan will begin medical school at Mercer University.

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Ben Hultquist

General Chemistry 1211 and 1212

Honors Chemistry I and II

Ben is a fourth year Biology major at the University of Georgia. He plans to attend medical school after graduation. Ben does undergraduate research in STEM education and uses this background to help students achieve their goals in Chemistry. When not in class, Ben spends his time volunteering at various organizations in the Athens area, including Piedmont Athens Regional, hospice care, and the Thomas Lay After School Program.

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Daniel Desena

Head Physics Tutor

Physics 1111 and 1112

Calculus I, II, and III

 

Daniel is a third year at the University of Georgia and is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Physics as well as in Mathematics. He is also a Russian minor, taking specific interest in the language. He has conducted research in number theory here in the math department at UGA. After graduation, he plans to pursue a masters and PhD in theoretical physics. Although he spends most of his time studying, Daniel has played competitive chess and considers himself a coffee connoisseur.

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Susannah Kendrick

Organic Chemistry 2211 and 2212

 

Susannah is a third-year biology major from Fayetteville, Georgia. She is a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority, Relay for Life, and the Pre-Dental society. Following graduation, she plans to attend dental school and become a general dentist. While also preparing for dental school, she works as an assistant at Heritage Dental Associates during any school breaks, as well as in the summer time. When she is not studying organic chemistry, she likes to play with her dog Cooper, or watch Game of Thrones or anything Marvel.

Office Staff

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Camille Pitchford

Camille is a third year Exercise and Sports Science major from Dothan, AL with plans of pursuing a career in medicine. Throughout her time at UGA, Camille has been involved in a number of organizations including WIT, Cru, SOUL, Wishmakers on Campus, Greek life, Undergraduate Pediatric Society, and the ambassador program for the Mary Frances Early College of Education. After she made it through CHEM 1211 with the help of Science Guyz, she knew that those were the people that she wanted to surround herself with in a job setting too. Camille says, “A big a reason I chose to work at Science Guyz was to help students like myself who were in over their heads. Science at UGA is difficult, and the adjustments you make in college are difficult. I wanted to be that smiling face that made those difficulties just a little bit easier.” If she’s not studying or working at Science Guyz, you can find Camille “coaching” the dawgs from the student section!

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Taylor Brown

 

Taylor is a fourth year Biological Engineering student at the University of Georgia. She is also in her first year of a STEM MBA program pursuing a Master’s degree in Business. After graduation from her Master’s program she plans on working in the biomedical device field, or working in Children’s prosthetics. After gaining work experience, her ultimate goal is to attend medical school and specialize in Orthopedics. Outside of academics, Taylor is an active member of Gamma Phi Beta, Vice President of the women’s club soccer team, and a member of two engineering societies. In her free time, Taylor enjoys volunteering as a mentor in the Athens community, running, and spending time with friends.

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Anna Beth Barber

 

Anna Beth is a third year student at UGA majoring in Avian Biology. In addition to working at Science Guyz, Anna Beth is a part of the Redcoat Marching Band - so you might just find her on the field between the hedges! She also helps in the Avian Behaviors laboratory and interns at the UGA Large Animal Hospital. After she completes her undergrad degree, she plans on going to veterinary school and practicing veterinary medicine. Anna Beth completed Chemistry 1211 and 1212 with the help of Science Guyz and is now taking the daunting Organic Chemistry with the help of Science Guyz! Anna Beth says “I am right there with all of you! The sciences are hard, but with the help of Science Guyz I have been able to succeed! I love working in such a caring and helpful facility.” 

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Dan Zlatopolsky

 

Daniel is a third year student at the University of Georgia. He plans on graduating in 2022 with his Bachelor of Science in Biology. In addition to working the front desk at Science Guyz for the past two years, he also conducts research in the Brain and Action Laboratory, a sensorimotor neurological laboratory. Daniel aspires to go to medical school and become a physician after his time at UGA.