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Honors Peer Advising Center

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The Honors Peer Advising Center (HPAC) connects Honors College students and Honors Peer Advisors in collaborative problem-solving. Peer Advisors provide mentoring and support related to honors credit, the Honors Laureate Diploma, as well as other Honors topics as appropriate.


  • Building your Honors Laureate Diploma plan
  • Understanding honors credit
  • Referrals to other Honors or university resources
  • Information and guidance for current Virginia Tech students considering applying to Honors
  • Your questions will teach us what else we need to offer!


  • Telling you what to do or giving absolute advice (but we will help you identify and evaluate your options to find your own best answer.)
  • Duplicate other honors or university services (but we can refer you to the experts.)

 Calhoun Honors Discovery Program  students should contact Michelle Kovac ( instead of using the HPAC.


Krista Carlton

Krista Carlton

Krista Carlton is currently a sophomore from King and Queen, Virginia. She is majoring in Animal and Poultry Science with a minor in Agribusiness Management and Entrepreneurship. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, working with animals, reading, shopping, and trying new things on and off campus. She grew up working on her family’s third generation dairy and grain farm and has a passion and love for agriculture. She plans to go to veterinary school and pursue a career as a livestock veterinarian. Outside of the classroom, she participates in clubs and organizations across campus. She joined the Pre-Veterinary Medical Association at Virginia Tech and the American Collegiate Horsemen's Association at Virginia Tech her freshman year. She also became a student panel member for the honor council her freshman year, as well. She has spent many hours fostering kittens with her family over the past eight years, has volunteered at Virginia Tech’s Equine Barns, and is currently a volunteer at the Montgomery County Animal Shelter. She joined the Honors College at the beginning of her freshman year. She has leadership and peer advising experience and plans to use her knowledge to help students this year. As a peer leader for the Honors College, she hopes to help students navigate their Honors College experience and utilize all that it has to offer them in a way that best benefits them and their personal goals.

Kristen Folk

Kristen is originally from Kutztown, Pennsylvania and has resided in Pembroke, Virginia for the last seven years. She is a senior majoring in Animal and Poultry Sciences, pre-veterinary option with an equine focus, and she aspires to attend veterinary school after graduation. She joined the honors college in spring of 2022. Kristen has an associate degree in veterinary technology from Manor College and has been a veterinary technician for some time, currently working at Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Teaching Hospital. As a student at Virginia Tech, Kristen has been involved in multiple animal research projects and has enjoyed her time as an undergraduate teaching assistant. In her free time, she likes to relax with her family and her dog, Braxton. As an HPAC peer advisor, Kristen wants to encourage students to explore the unique opportunities the Honors College has to offer and to try new things!

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Heesang Han

Heesang Han is a senior from Sejong, South Korea, majoring in Computer Engineering - Machine Learning and minoring in Computer Science and Mathematics. He joined Honors College after his freshman year at Virginia Tech in Fall 2021 and loved the opportunities from Honors to meet new people and study advanced academic topics. Heesang is a subteam lead in SailBot design team and an active member of AutoDrive design team. Also he is currently working as an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant for Virginia Tech Computer Science department. He is very passionate about research, and after graduation he hopes to pursue MS and PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering to be a research engineer. As an HPAC peer advisor, Heesang is looking forward to contributing to the Honors community and to helping Honors students navigate through their courses in Honors College and also navigate the great resources Honors has offered.

Trevor David Hickey

Trevor David Hickey

I am a senior majoring in clinical neuroscience who is on the pre-med track and I am from Virginia Beach.  I joined the Honors College as a freshman in Spring 2021.  I work at Neurorestorative which is an assisted living facility for those with traumatic brain injuries and help them work towards achieving daily functions and improve quality of life.  I also am a teaching assistant for NEUR 2026 and enjoy working with students and help them understand the complexity of neuroscience.  I am passionate about animals and volunteer at the Montgomery Animal Shelter regularly.  As hobbies I like to golf, bowl, and go out with friends and watch sports. 

Poojaa Kalathur

Poojaa Kalathur

Poojaa Kalathur is currently a junior from Aldie, Virginia majoring in Clinical Neuroscience. Following graduation, Poojaa hopes to pursue medical school and work toward a career in neonatal medicine. Poojaa has been a member of the Honors College since her freshman year and has greatly enjoyed exploring the various opportunities, experiences, and resources that Honors at Virginia Tech has to offer. Outside of the HPAC, Poojaa is an undergraduate research assistant at the CAP Lab at VT and the Weston Lab at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute. She also works as a Patient Care Assistant on her breaks from school at Capital Area Pediatrics in Northern Virginia. In her free time, Poojaa enjoys spending time with friends and family, painting, and watching tv. As an HPAC advisor, Poojaa hopes to serve as a guide for students and help them navigate their journey through the Honors College.


Julia Marshall

Julia Marshall is a Junior from a small town called Skaneateles in Upstate New York. She is majoring in Clinical Neuroscience and plans to pursue medical school after graduating. Julia joined the Honors College fall of her freshman year and has since explored all of the assets that come with being an honors student. Julia is an active member of her community, both in the honors college and her sorority, Alpha Phi. In her free time, Julia likes to go on hikes, paint, and hangout with her friends. She hopes to help students realize the immense opportunities available to them through the honors college and can’t wait to aid students in finding the right undergraduate experience for them.

Laci Reed

Laci Reed

Laci Reed is a Junior from Manchester, New Hampshire. She is currently double majoring in Political Science and Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, with a concentration in legal studies. In light of this, she intends to pursue law school following graduation. Laci joined the Honors College the spring semester of her Freshman year and has enjoyed it ever since by taking advantage of all the opportunities the Honors College provides. Along with being a peer advisor, she is also a member of the Honors Student Council. She collaborates with other Honor students and attends monthly meetings with the Dean to discuss the future of the Honors College and to plan events throughout the year for Honors students. From CHAARG to serving as co-president of the Network of Enlightened Women, Laci is an active member on campus and involved in many groups. During her free time, she enjoys reading, working out, and hanging out with friends. As an HPAC advisor, Laci is ready to guide students and educate them about everything the Honors College has to offer in a way that's beneficial and comfortable  for them.

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The HPAC opens for the academic year in the third week of each fall semester. The HPAC is closed for winter break and during the summer, closing after Reading Day each fall and spring semester. You get to pick your peer advisor when you make an appointment, so be sure to read about the advisors on this page!