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Peer Advisors

The Undergraduate Program in Biology and the Undergraduate Program in Neuroscience have peer advisors available to answer student questions!

Peer advisors are available on a walk-in basis in the Program in Biology office, 1140 USB, during the fall and winter semesters.  (Please note that our Peer Advisors are not on staff over the summer.)

Winter 2019 Term Availability:

    Monday: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm (Cyra), 11:30 am - 1:00 pm (Anna), 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm (Deepa - Neuroscience)

    Tuesday: 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm (Krithika), 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm (Benjamin)

    Wednesday: 10:00 am - 12:30 pm (Anna), 12:30 - 2:30 pm (Krithika), 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm (Cyra)  

    Thursday: 9:00 am - 11:00 am (Benjamin), 12:00 - 2:00 pm (Deepa-Neuroscience)  

    Friday: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm (Jordan-Neuroscience), 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm (Jordan-Neuroscience)

Or email anytime:

If you need help planning class schedules, finding courses that suit your goals, mapping a way to graduate on time, or have concerns about honors, graduate school, or research, please feel free to stop by!

Meet Our Peer Advisors...

Hi! My name is Deepa and I'm a senior double majoring in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science. After graduation, I am planning on pursuing a PhD in Behavioral or Cognitive Neuroscience. I have been involved in research at U of M for 3 years; currently, I'm a member of the Lustig Lab, where we study cognition and aging. I'm also doing an honors thesis in Neuroscience as well! On campus, I'm involved in the Neuroscience Student Association and MDraw. In addition to my school activities, I also enjoy playing the piano and doing calligraphy. Feel free to stop by during my office hours to talk about neuroscience, doing research, writing an honors thesis, or just to chat!

Hello! My name is Jordan Ensz and I am a senior double majoring in Neuroscience and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology with a minor in Music. I am on the pre-med track and am currently applying to medical schools with the goal to matriculate in 2019. On campus I play the piccolo in the Michigan Marching Band and Hockey Band. I am also a member of the American Medical Student Association and Dance Marathon at the University of Michigan. I hold positions with the Science Learning Center as a course leader for Chemistry 210 study groups and with the Program in Biology as an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant for Bio 171. Much of my spare time is spent playing with my roommates Border Collie!Stop by during my office hours to talk about majors, pre-med, taking classes at the Biological Station, or anything biology!

Hello! My name is Benjamin Moy, and I am a junior majoring in Cellular and Molecular Biology and minoring in Music. After graduating, I hope to attend medical school. On campus, I serve as Vice President of the LSA Student Honor Council, an organization that works closely with the Office of the Assistant Dean to promote academic integrity on campus. I am also Director of Community Outreach for the Kidney Disease Screening and Awareness Program, where I organize health screenings for underprivileged communities. As a member of the Nandakumar Lab, I research telomeres and the shelterin protein complex in hopes of finding relevant therapeutic applications. I also volunteer at Arbor Hospice and the Ronald McDonald House. In my spare time, I study organ performance with Prof. James Kibbie and voice with Elise Eden. Please feel free to stop by peer advising hours. I would be delighted to talk with you about course planning, extracurricular opportunities, the pre-med track, research, or whatever you find interesting!

Hello! My name is Anna, and I am a Senior double majoring in Biology, Health & Society and Program in the Environment along with a minor in Gender & Health. After graduation I am interested in pursuing a Master’s in Public Health. Here at U of M, I am Co-Lead of the BlueLab Green Urban Design Team, which works on stormwater management solutions locally. During my second year I attended the Biological Station to take field courses for credit. In addition to school activities, I work off-campus at a food testing lab by helping calibrate a small hand-held reflectance device to give nutritional information of food and soil samples on the spot. On the side, I enjoy organic farming and will cook up a storm whenever I have enough time! Stop by and ask me about campus resources, extracurriculars and Program in Biology!

Hello! My name is Cyra Kharas and I am a senior majoring in Microbiology. I am interested in both Public Health and Medicine. On campus, I serve on the outreach committee for the Michigan Neuroprosthetics club. I am also a mentor for MPAC. I volunteer at the University Hospital and the Spectrum Center. I work in the Cardiovascular Center as a clinical research assistant on a project about managing heart failure. The summer after my sophomore year, I had the opportunity to travel to Zambia for a month and work with faculty from the Department of Microbiology and Immunology on a project studying the impact of prevention education on the spread of HIV/AIDS. In my spare time, I enjoy trying all the different restaurants in Ann Arbor.Please stop by my office hours if you want to talk about research, volunteering, classes, study abroad, or anything else!