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Why See an Advisor?

The Chemistry Academic Advising office serves undergraduate student majors and students enrolled in Chemistry courses with questions including, but not limited to Course Enrollment, Major Requirements, Minor Requirements, Department Policies, and Academic Regulations

What can you expect from your Academic Advisor?

Advisors will…

  • Explain department policies and procedures and university regulations
  • Help you with questions regarding enrollment, petitions, prerequisites, and anything related to your major requirements
  • Work with you to develop your long-term academic plan
  • Assist you with improving your decision-making skills and help you to develop autonomy and responsibility for your educational plans and achievements
  • Help you identify academic and career goals and provide recommendations to help you successfully meet those goals
  • Refer you to appropriate individuals, offices, and centers on campus
  • Provide a respectful and supportive space for you to ask questions, discuss interests and express concerns

What does your academic advisor expect from you?

  • Read email or notifications sent from Chemistry Advising and the Registrar’s office
  • Use online resources to find information about courses, policies, deadlines, etc.
  • Schedule and attend an advising appointment at least once a year
    • Be courteous and respectful (e.g. schedule your appointment early, silence your phone during your appointment)
    • Come prepared; bring any relevant materials with you (written questions, quarter-by-quarter plan, draft schedule, etc.)
    • Arrive on time (a few minutes early, if possible) and check in at the front desk
  • Attend scheduled appointments or academic advising workshops
  • Ask questions during advising sessions or through the Virtual Advising Center (VAC)
  • Review degree audit each quarter, particularly before enrollment times
  • Learn to use information about course descriptions, offerings, and prerequisites to draft a long-term academic plan
  • Follow-through on recommendations and referrals
  • Accept responsibility for choices and decisions

Learning outcomes for Chemistry/Biochemistry major advising sessions

  • Know how to use the degree audit system to monitor progress toward degree completion.
  • Identify specific educational, career, and life goals.
  • Make informed decisions concerning career goals or advanced education.
  • Establish social networks that help further career plans.
  • Appreciate the value added to their educational experience through mentoring and/or co-curricular opportunities.

Advising Staff

ERICA LENNARD, Director of Student Affairs

Erica has had a rewarding career with UC San Diego for over 15 years, in a variety of roles. While earning her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from UCSD, she started out on campus as a student employee at the UCSD Library and also the Medical Center. With the support of terrific mentors and role models, she later moved into leadership roles on campus. She has served as the Director of Student Affairs and Industry Relations in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry since January 2011. She thoroughly enjoys working with our Student Affairs team to help guide both our undergraduate and graduate students towards their degree goals, and she is also proud to support our excellent faculty as they pursue impactful, cutting-edge scientific research.

 

On a personal level, Erica is committed to health and wellness, and earned a national certification from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (IIN). She keeps active with her husband and their energetic Golden Retriever. She enjoys hiking, skiing, traveling, reading, and continuously learning!  Erica’s door is always open if she can be a resource to you during this enriching time in your life as you strive for success in your educational and career pursuits!

 

HANNA FOLEY, Undergraduate Advising Manager

Hanna graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Applied Linguistics and has a background in education, peer mentoring, tutoring, and ESL teaching. In 2015, she moved back to her hometown of San Diego and soon after started her career in Student Affairs in the Chemistry and Biochemistry department at UCSD. As a former transfer student herself, she understands the unique struggles that come with transitioning from community college to the UC system, and is happy to help students with this transition whenever possible. She is passionate about supporting students in acheiving their academic goals, and getting all of their questions answered! Off the clock, she enjoys traveling, reading, biking, yoga, and trying every Thai restaurant in San Diego.

 

SELAINA MANSHEIM, Undergraduate Advisor

Selaina earned her B.A. in Marketing and Graphic Design from American University and worked for education non-profits and small tech companies in Washington D.C. and Colorado. Missing the Pacific Ocean too much, she moved back to her hometown of sunny San Diego to pursue her M.A. in Counseling from the University of San Diego. After supporting students in K-12 schools for a couple years, she moved on over to advising undergrads in the Chemistry department here at UCSD. As a first generation college student and counselor, she empathizes with the diverse experiences students bring to the table and is passionate about working with them on their short and long term goals, both academically and emotionally. As a San Diego native, Selaina loves to be outside (especially at the beach), traveling, exploring, taking care of too many plants and a good book!

 

GELSEY THOMAS, Intake Advisor

Gelsey earned her B.A in Sociology and M.A in Postsecondary Educational Leadership from San Diego State University. Prior to transferring to San Diego State University, Gelsey earned an A.A. in Sociology from San Diego Mesa College. She has a professional background in academic advising, assessment, along with student success coaching, mentoring, and leadership. Gelsey is passionate and dedicated to serving diverse student populations and consistently acting as a supportive student success resource. Outside of work, Gelsey enjoys exploring the amazing restaurants San Diego has to offer, playing with her corgi, exercising at the gym, and spending time with her friends and family.

 

ZEUS OLVIS, Front Desk Student Worker

Zeus is a Third Year Undergraduate student at UC San Diego in Marshall College. He is currently pursuing a B.A in Political Science – Comparative Politics, as a well as a minor in Business. Zeus is deeply involved on-campus ranging from Greek Life as a member of Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity, Triton Community Leadership Institute, and the Political Science Student Association. Originally from Sherman Oaks, he loves to cook, explore new food options, and go on hikes and adventures with friends and family. Watching the sunset and reading a book are Zeus's favorite ways to spend his free time!

 

MIA GONZALEZ, Front Desk Student Worker

Mia is a third year transfer undergraduate student from San Diego City College and attends UC San Diego in Muir College. She is currently pursuing a B.A in Communication, as a well as a minor in Business. Mia is involved in a few programs such as Raza, CASP, TRIO Oasis and is interested in joining clubs such as women in business. Originally she is from Indio, CA. Mia enjoys spending time with family and friends and exploring the foodie craft scene that San Diego has to offer. Most people would describe her as a driven and optimistic.

Advising Options

Walk-In Advising

Advisors are available to answer your simple or time-sensitive questions:

  • 15-minute session per student visit
  • Monday-Thursday
  • 9:00AM - 11:45AM & 1:00PM - 3:45PM

Examples of walk-in advising topics: 

  • Degree audit check and correction
  • Choosing classes for the next quarter (1 quarter planning)
  • Submit Academic Forms (i.e., Study abroad, VA, Double Major, Max Unit)
  • Major requirements and policies
  • Information on campus resources
  • Research opportunities

Advising Appointments

Advisors are available to meet for 30-45 minutes to discuss complex questions or long term academic planning:

  • Develop a quarter-by-quarter academic plan
  • Review forms for Readmission
  • Additional topics/questions- Call to determine if an appointment is necessary

How To Schedule

Request your academic advising appointment here!

 

Appointment Availability Calendar

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Appointment Policies

  • Appointment requests must be made at least TWO business days in advance. We do not schedule same day appointments.
  • After you submit your appointment request, you will receive a confirmation message via the Virtual Advising Center (VAC) with your appointment details (day/time) within 1-3 business days.
  • If none of your indicated preferences are available, we will contact you through the VAC to ask you to provide additional availability.
  • Appointments are scheduled for a maximum of 45 minutes.
  • If you are more than 10 minutes late, you will need to reschedule your appointment.

VAC (Virtual Advising Center)

The VAC serves as a record of all correspondence between students and academic advisors. 

Current UCSD students can submit a brief question 24-hours a day through the Virtual Advising Center.

  • VAC messages are reviewed daily by advising staff
  • Questions are reviewed according to place in the queue 
  • Typical response time is 1-5 business days (depending on time of the quarter)
  • Ideal for when you are unavailable to stop by for walk-in 

Please use email etiquette and courtesy when submitting your message. State your question/s clearly and if applicable, refer to previous communication with advising staff.

Non-UCSD students- ask questions via email to chemadvising@ucsd.edu

Peer Advising

Who are Peer Advisors?

Chemistry Peer Advisors are undergraduate students majoring in one of the degree programs and who are available to answer questions from fellow students.  It is especially helpful for freshmen and new transfers, but all are welcome!  They can provide insights on questions such as:

  • Why did you pick Chemistry as a major?
  • What is it like to be a Chemistry student at UCSD?  
  • What resources have you found helpful?
  • How did you get involved in research or teaching?
  • What do you plan to do after you graduate?

FALL 2019 HOURS:
Fridays (weeks 1-9), 9am-12pm in York Hall 4020B


Have quick questions? Our Peer Advisors are also available via e-mail at chempeers@ucsd.edu.
                               


Minh Le Peer Advisor

Minh Le
4th Year Transfer
Chemistry Minor  

Minh is a 4th year with a major in Chemical Engineering and a minor in Chemistry (Inorganic focus). As an international student from Vietnam and a transfer student from Miramar Community College, Minh understands difficulty in adapting to a completely new environment. One of his goals as a peer advisor is to assist others in their transition to life at UCSD - both academically and personally. Minh's ten-year plan is to successfully retire his parents by taking over their family company, Minh Hung Enterprise. He also works as a bus driver for the UCSD transportation services. In his free time, he enjoys coaching his cousin's soccer team.

 

 

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Elise Funseth 
4th Year
Chemistry Major

Elise is a fourth year undergraduate chemistry major and economics minor. She is from Napa, CA and came into UCSD undeclared, not sure what major she wanted to pursue. She discovered her passion for chemistry her first year while taking a seminar class and getting to know peers and professors in the chemistry department. She is currently involved in the UCSD Pre-Dental Society and plans on attending dental school after graduation with hopes of becoming an orthodontist. During her time in college, she has tutored at The Preuss School, gone on a service trip to Mexico, attended many oncampus events, and even worked at one of Iron Chef Morimoto’s restaurants. In her free time she loves hiking, spending time with friends, and exploring San Diego. Her goal as a peer advisor is to help other students find their passion and create the best path for their future.

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Ayuri Kirihennedige
2nd Year
Pharmacological Chemistry Major

Ayuri is a second year pharmacological chemistry major from Northern California. She is currently pursuing UCSD’s 7-year B.S. PharmD program. Ayuri would ideally like to work with a Japanese pharmaceutical company as a liaison between Japan and the United States. Her goal as a chemistry peer advisor is to holistically help students reach their goals by addressing study habits, class choices, and different methods of seeking academic assistance.

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Tri Tran
2nd Year
Biochemistry/Chemistry Major

Tri is a second year biochemistry major at Revelle College. He is currently involved in ACS-SA and is a volunteer at the UCSD Health’s Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center. Tri’s goal as a chemistry peer advisor is to assist others in achieving their ideal academic journey and share his sincere passion in the field of chemistry. He aspires to attend medical school in the future. In his free time, he enjoys photography and hanging out with friends. In this upcoming summer, he plans to study abroad in Edinburgh, Scotland through UCSD’s Global Seminar.

 

 

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Richard Niederecker
1st Year Master's Candidate in Chemistry

Richard is a first year Master's candidate in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department, with the goal of becoming a physician scientist. He transferred to UCSD from Saddleback College and is an undergraduate researcher in Dr. Jerry Yang’s Lab working on developing a hydrogel capable of delivering a protein to peripheral nerves. He has attended multiple undergraduate summer research fellowships and was an AMGEN Scholar at UCSF. Additionally, he is a co-coordinator of Roger’s Community Garden in Revell college where he has participated in student run research on translational gardening techniques to benefit underserved communities.

 

 

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Michael Mundo

4th Year

Chemistry Major

I am a fourth year marshall student majoring in chemistry. I came from Covina, California and decided that I wanted to attend UCSD after visiting the campus during my Junior year of high school. After graduation I plan to pursue a masters in chemistry. My goal as a peer advisor is to use what I’ve learned as a student in order to assist other students along their academic journey in any way I can.

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Student Affairs Office Info

Location and Phone

York Hall 4010 (Revelle College)

Phone: (858) 534-4856

Office Hours

Monday - Friday | 8:30 - 12:00 and 1:00 - 4:00

Walk-In Advising

Monday - Thursday | 9:00 - 12:00 (last walk-in 11:45) and 1:00 - 4:00 (last walk-in at 3:45)

Advising Appointments (Click Here to Request)

Fall, Winter, Spring | Monday - Thursday - Weeks 3-10

Summer | Monday - Thursday - Weeks 3 & 4