LEAD Scholars

Brooke Blaszynski


My name is Brooke Blaszynski (she/her) and I am a junior majoring in Anthropology with a concentration in Archaeology. I have a minor in Classical Civilizations and am pursuing a certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). My current research interests are Zooarchaeology and coastal settlements. I am the president of Anthropology Club/Lambda Alpha and a member of UIUC's SAA Ethics Bowl Team. I enjoy biking, movies, and reading.





Rachel Burdette

Rachel B

My name is Rachel Burdette (she/her/hers) and I am a junior double majoring in History and Anthropology with a concentration in Archaeology and a Museum Studies Certificate. I love spending time outdoors and knitting!






Mearieta Clemente


My name is Mearieta Clemente (she/her) and I am currently a junior at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. I am an Anthropology Major with a concentration in Biology and Human Evolution with a certificate in Forensic Anthropology. I love to travel and cook and find new music to share with my friends. When I am not at school you can find me in Chicago, my hometown, practicing Gym Wheel with Cirques Experience.




Morgan Chan


Hi I am Morgan from the Chinese University of Hong Kong! I am a Anthropology Student interested in Political Anthropology (Postcolonialism) with a minor in Arabic Studies (Jihadism and Secularism) when I am not studying, I am a big fan of many sitcoms! I am glad to be an exchange student here at UIUC for the Spring semester 2022, I look forward to meeting different people from all walks of life!





Haley Collins


Hello! My name is Haley Collins (she/her), and I am a freshman with an Anthropology major. I am still undecided about my concentration but am leaning towards biological or sociocultural. Aside from academics, I love horror movies, music, and visiting my pets back home!






Jorge Corral


My name is Jorge and my pronouns are they/he. I am an anthropology minor interested in socio-cultural anthropology, Latinx studies and linguistics. I will be graduating in 2023. My hobbies include running, watching Drag Race and studying for organic chem.






Justine Dioneda


I’m Justine Dioneda. I’m a sophomore anthropology major with a concentration in archaeology. My favorite past times are video games and documentaries.






Claire von Ebers


My name is Claire von Ebers and I am a sophomore. I am majoring in Anthropology with a concentration in Biological Anthropology and a minor in Geology. I am really interested in forensics and human evolution in general! I love crocheting, drawing/painting, and spending time with my friends. Also, I love cats!






Peyton Heinze

Peyton Heinze

My name is Peyton Heinze (she/her), and I'm a senior majoring in General Anthropology with a minor in Chemistry. I'm a resident advisor (RA) in Weston Hall, and play for the UIUC women's lacrosse club team. In my free-time, I love to read (mostly sci-fi/fantasy), binge various tv shows (currently The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) listen to music (mainly show tunes and pop) and spend time with friends.





Sara Kiel

Sara Kiel

Hello! My name is Sara Kiel (she/her) and this is my first semester as a LEAD Scholar and an Anthropology major! I am a sophomore studying the Sociocultural and Linguistics concentration. I am interested in potentially pursuing a career in User Research Experience, and because of this I also plan to obtain an Informatics minor. Some organizations I participate in include Illini Student Musicals, JSSAB, and I plan to become involved in the Anthropology Club. I enjoy watching a plethora of tv/anime, playing video games, hiking, and I am currently honing my digital design skills.





Toby Kutz


Hi, I'm Toby Kutz (They/Them) and I am a senior majoring in Anthropology with a concentration in Human Evolutionary Biology and minoring in Art and Design. In my free time, I enjoy baking all kinds of snacks, knitting, watching cartoons or reality tv, and snuggling up with my 2 cats!






Lily Lisnic


My name is Lily (she/her) and I am a sophomore pursuing a double major in archaeology and classical civilizations with a minor in political science. Concerning my focus in archaeology, I have always been fascinated by past civilizations and their development, especially how cultural change is evident through material remains. In my free time, I like taking care of my plants, biking, and cooking.




Morgan Lott


Hello! My name is Morgan Lott (she/her) and I am a junior psychology major with a minor in anthropology. While I plan on entering a graduate program for psychology after graduation, I remain very interested in anthropology, and want to further explore the subject, possibly finding work in the field during grad school! I spend most of my time either reading, building miniatures, or working as a research assistant at the Learning and Language Lab here on campus. (I’m currently reading Euphoria by Lily King, which happens to be based on the story of famous anthropologist Margaret Mead) I look forward to exploring all this department has to offer and meeting new people through the LEAD program!




Shyann Mack


Hi! My name is Shyann Mack and I go by they/them pronouns. I am a junior at UIUC, working towards my bachelor’s in General Anthropology. As of now, my hobbies include thrifting, skateboarding, and working on the multiple projects I have thrown myself into this semester. I greatly appreciated being a part of LEADS last year and hope that everyone enjoys the program this semester!”





Jack Murphy

Jack Murphy

My name is Jack Murphy, but I typically go by just my last name; pronouns he/him. I am a sophomore majoring in Anthropology, Human Evolutionary Biology concentration, and I'm also working on a minor in Journalism. Aside from academic studies, etc., I greatly like writing and I hope to put my major to use in a journalistic field, writing scientific or travel journalism of some variety. My more personal hobbies include tabletop games and fantasy novels, as well as outdoor activities like hiking. Hope this is enough information, and I look forward to meeting everyone in LEAD.





Dawn Pagel


My name is Dawn Pagel (she/her), and I am a junior year transfer student who came to UIUC in the fall of 2021. My anthropology major concentration is archaeology, and I am also pursuing a museum studies certificate alongside my major. I love going to museums and learning new things, so that's something I would love to be involved with as a future career! In my free time I enjoy drawing, playing games with friends, and growing succulents.






Emma Perry

emma perry

Emma Perry (she/her) sophomore and transfer student from Black Hawk College. Concentration in archaeology interested in pursuing either the GIS minor or forensics sciences minor!





Sophia Ramos

sophia ramos

Hi! My name is Sophia Ramos, pronouns she/her/hers. I am a freshman majoring in anthropology and minoring in MCB on a pre-med track! As of right now I do not have a concentration, but I am leaning more towards concentrating in biological anthropology. My favorite thing to do in my free time is hang out with friends and go out to eat. I love listening to music and relaxing, but also love staying active. I ran track and field in high school (and occasionally go on runs now, but definitely not as much as I'd like) and I have been figure skating since I was about 4 years old. I am very excited for all the opportunities that the LEAD Program has to offer!



Calvin Sato

Calvin Sato

Hi, I'm Calvin Sato and I'm a freshman majoring in Anthropology. My preferred pronouns are (he/him) and I haven't declared a concentration yet. In my free time, I like to go hiking, game with friends, and work as a translator on the side. My favorite part of Anthropology is how it covers a wide range of topics that are interrelated.





Yohann Torres

Yohann Torres

My name is Yohann Torres, I am majoring in Anthropology with the concentration of Human Evolutionary Biology. I am a sophomore here at UIUC and I go by he/him. Some hobbies of mine are playing sports, spending time with friends, reading, drawing, and playing the guitar. A fun fact I enjoy telling people is that I have a twin that goes here at UIUC. I'm looking forward to the first meeting. I hope you two have a wonderful day.





Connor Uphues


My name is Connor Uphues, my pronouns are he/him/his, I am a sophomore double majoring in anthropology and history, with my anthropology concentration being archaeology. I play on the Illinois Men's Rugby team, play intramural sports with friends, and enjoy reading!





Gabby Wolf

Gabby Wolf

Gabby is a freshman majoring in Anthropology with a sociocultural and linguistics concentration, and this is her second semester in LEADS! On campus, she is involved in the Vietnamese Student Association and Philippine Student Association, and at home in Chicago, she practices karate and loves to bake and hang out with her dog!






Madeline Woods

maddie wood

My name is Madeline Woods but I prefer to go by Maddie. I am a junior majoring in anthropology with a concentration in archaeology. I am also minoring in Spanish and have started to pursue a certificate in GIS as of this semester. Outside of anthropology I enjoy reading, music, and spending a lot of time with my friends. An interesting fact about me is that I have always had a special knack for memorizing complicated, yet sometimes useless, trivia. I look forward to being a part of this program!