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Political Science Peer Mentors

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The Political Science Peer Mentor program is an opportunity for first and second year political science and international relations majors to talk with expierienced peers about where to find help with their classes or find opportunities. They can also help identifying campus and Iowa City organizations to join, finding student wellness offices, and other topics related to academic or student life. The Peer Mentors work with the department chair and professional advisors. Each mentor can be reached by email and holds drop-in hours in room 328 Schaeffer Hall. If you're unable to stop in, connect with a mentor via their Zoom link during drop-in hours. To reach all Peer Mentors email

Reese Bobitt

Drop-in Hours: M 11:00am–1:00pm  |  Zoom ID 5134979476
Reese is a fourth-year student studying Political Science with a minor in Environmental Policy and Planning and a certificate in Sustainability on the pre-law track. Recently, Reese worked as an intern for the Iowa State Senate and studied abroad in Tanzania where she learned about wildlife conservation and political ecology. She is currently a research assistant on Professor Lai's Diplomacy Lab and conducting her own research through the ICRU Research Fellowship program. She is also co-president of the Student Advancement Network, a student organization focused on philanthropy on campus and forming connections between alumni and students. 


Regan Day

Drop-in Hours: T 9:30–10:30am and W 12:30–1:30pm  |  Zoom ID 4116148304
Regan Day is a junior from West Des Moines, Iowa majoring in Political Science, Marketing, and Business Analytics. On campus, she is involved as an Undergraduate Research Fellow, an ICRU Ambassador, a Social Media Intern for the Tippie College of Business, and a peer mentor for both the Political Science Department and Tippie. This summer, she worked as a Marketing Intern at the Iowa State Capitol in the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office. She is looking forward to getting to know first-year students and answering questions about life at the University of Iowa.


Yunseo Ki

Drop-in Hours: F 9:00–11:00am | Zoom ID 2065705532
Yunseo is a pre-law junior majoring in Political Science and Ethics & Public Policy, with a minor in French, and earning certificates in International Business and Social Science Analytics. She believes in active involvement in our campus community and her commitments include the acting Pantry Manager at the Food Pantry at Iowa, Vice-Chair on the Honors DEI Board, and Outreach and Engagement Coordinator for the Korean Conversation Group. Yunseo was awarded as a recipient of the 2022-2023 Molly C. And Joseph R. Gaylord Scholarship from the Department of Political Science.


Molly Kilker

Drop-in Hours: TTh 12:30–1:30pm | Zoom ID 5620193513
Molly Kilker is a senior double majoring in Political Science and International Relations with minors in Spanish and History. On campus, she is part of the Honors and Presidential Scholars Program and is involved with Phi Alpha Delta pre-law fraternity and Hawk the Vote. Molly has also been a member of two research teams within the Department of Political Science. She currently works as a Manager at the Food for Thought Café in the Main Library and as an Office Assistant in the Political Science Department. Molly can assist you with living abroad opportunities, course recommendations, applying for internships, and how to balance a busy schedule.


Marco Oceguera

Drop-in Hours: TTh 11:00–12:00pm | Zoom ID 3982769128
Marco Oceguera is a third-year student from Woodridge, studying International Relations & Economics, with plans to pursue Law School. He is involved across campus, participating in International Relations research with faculty, serving as the Finance Committee Chair for the Undergraduate Student Government, and as a Supplemental Instructor Leader with the Office of Academic Support & Retention. In his free time, Marco loves adventurous activities such as traveling, hiking, and skydiving. He’s looking forward to meeting and connecting with students within the Department of Political Science.


Zach Springer

Drop-in Hours: MW 1:30–2:30pm | Zoom ID 91249210785
Zach Springer is a senior studying Political Science and Economics with a minor in Philosophy. He is from Rock Rapids, Iowa and plans to attend law school upon graduation. He is currently the President of the Phi Alpha Delta pre-law fraternity on campus serves as a Senator in the Undergraduate Student Government. He has served as a research assistant for a Political Science doctoral candidate. Last year, he won the best Political Science paper award for his joint research paper titled “The Decline of Rural Hospitals in Iowa.” This past summer, he interned on Capitol Hill for an Iowa Senator and Congressman. He has served as a Supplemental Instruction Leader and Tippie Learning Coach for Economics courses and competed on the University of Iowa mock trial team. He is very excited to be a peer mentor this year and hopes his experiences will provide valuable insight to other Political Science students.