Dr. Lynn Carpenter, Academic Coach
When I'm not teaching, I am out fishing with my spouse (pictured here). My spouse and I also run a small animal rescue, currently with 4 dogs, 1 cat, 9 guinea pigs, and 2 tortoises (whew)! My other hobbies include rephotographing, authoring my first and second books (the first is to be released next year, the second is going to take a while). I am also trying to restore a 1963 Studabaker Lark (a cool old car), learn Russian, and conduct scientific research by examining the genetic impacts of radiation on trees through collaborators located at the University of Illinois as well as the University of Georgia. Come and visit me on the third floor of USB (3108). I like to bribe my students with cookies and candy, too!
Kayla Dombrowski, Program Coordinator
I've been with the M-Sci Academy since September 2019 and have worked for the University of Michigan for over eight years! I'm originally from southwestern Illinois (metro east of St. Louis) where I attended Southwestern Illinois College and Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville majoring in sociology. I was a student-parent during my time in college and realized all too late the amount of additional support I could have received if I had just been willing to ask. Now, I seek to embody Ayesha Siddiqi's quote "be the person you needed when you were younger" by encouraging students to advocate for themselves, by motivating them to ask for help, and by informing them of all the incredible organizations on campus that are here to help them on their journey.
When I'm not working, you can find me at the Pinckney Recreation Area (on the beach or walking the trails), volunteering in my community, traveling with my family, or cuddled up on the couch with a good book.
Shannon Zuniga, Director
I've been with the M-Sci Academy since 2013. I'm a true Ann Arbor "townie" and an alum of the University of Michigan with a bachelor's degree in Industrial and Operations Engineering and a master's degree in Higher Education. My favorite part about my job is getting to know all the students and hearing their stories. My biggest piece of advice would be to ask for help. U of M is an extremely large and well resourced university but sometimes it takes a little digging to find great opportunities. The M-Sci staff are here to help!
When I'm not working, I enjoy spending time with my family, going out to eat and working out. I'm a big fan of music (my husband is a DJ) and I love movies, traveling and chocolate chip cookies.