Peer Research Consultants Online

We are students trained to help our fellow ‘Canes. We are undergrad and grad students from a wide variety of majors including: philosophy, political science, biochemistry, and business administration. We work closely with librarians and staff for training on how to best assist our fellow students with:

  • Developing search strategies
  • Finding scholarly resources
  • Creating and managing citations
  • Facilitating meetings with other Learning Commons experts

We are available for immediate assistance daily through our chat service in the sidebar. You can even request a Zoom consultation through the chat box!

Or, please send a question to our Ask a Librarian email:

To access research help on all three campuses, check out our comprehensive Ask a Librarian service.

We also work closely with our Learning Commons partners, the Math Lab, Creative Studio, Modern Languages, the Writing Center, and more!


Research Help


Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
(in person and virtual)
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. in person
3 – 5 p.m. virtual only
Saturday Closed

Meet our Peer Research Consultants!

  • Julia Arwari

    Julia is a sophomore from Champaign, Illinois, majoring in Exercise Physiology and minoring in Public Health. Julia plans to pursue a master’s degree in Nutrition and a medical degree after graduation. She enjoys reading, running, and spending time with her family and friends.

  • Ava De Leon

    Ava is a junior from Dallas, TX double majoring in Marine Affairs and Public Relations. Ava’s research interests include marine conservation, science communication, and sustainability.

  • Tram Huynh

    Tram is a junior, pursuing majors in Biochemistry and Physiology and minors in Chemistry and Art History. Tram plans to attend graduate school, continuing her career in research. Topics of interest include genetics, stem cells, and mitochondria.

  • Liza Khmara

    Liza has a BA in Geography and is currently a fourth year PhD student in the Environmental Science and Policy program. Liza is passionate about helping other students and patrons utilize library resources to be more effective researchers.

  • Veronica Porges

    Veronica is a junior from Miami Beach, FL, majoring in Sociology and Criminology, and minoring in Philosophy and Psychology. Veronica plans to go to law school and study criminal law. She enjoys playing tennis, watching crime shows, and spending time with friends and family.

  • Kate Villa

    Kate holds a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois and is currently a fourth year PhD student in philosophy at the University of Miami. She also works in the Cuban Heritage Collection and is a UMIA/LASP Distinguished Research Fellow for the 2021-22 academic year.

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