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Peer Advising

The Psychology Peer Advisors are available on a walk-in basis while classes are in session during the Fall and Winter terms from the first through last days of classes:

Monday: 11am - 4pm
Tuesday: 11am - 3pm
Wednesday: 12pm - 4pm
Thursday: 10am - 4pm 

  • Declaring a major
  • Assess progress in their major
  • Deciding between the Psychology major and the Biopsychology, Cognition, & Neuroscience (BCN) major
  • Specific requirements of your major
  • Plan class schedules
  • Help you find courses that suit your goals and interests
  • Mapping out a way to fit in all the courses you need to graduate
  • Discussing the Honors Program
  • Graduate school and career options
  • Research & independent study opportunities in the department

WHO are the Peer Advisors?

The Psychology Peer Advisors are Junior and Senior undergraduate Psychology & BCN majors who are well-informed about the Psychology majors and have received training in peer helping skills.

The Peer Advising office is located in 1343 East Hall.

WHAT do Peer Advisors do?

Peer Advisors help students analyze and assess their progress in fulfilling their Psychology course requirements, aid students in planning their class schedules, help students declare Psychology as a major, discuss graduate school and career options, and go over research opportunities and options for Independent Study in the department. Additionally, the Peers also participate in an administrative project directly helping the Psych Student Academic Affairs Office and other students.

WHEN will Peer Advisors advise?

Peer Advisors take walk-in appointments (office hours listed at the top of page). Please note that Peer Advisors are only available during the Fall and Winter terms (until the last day of classes).

HOW do I become a Peer Advisor?

You must apply to become a Peer Advisor. Applications will be available before the course registration period. If you are chosen for an interview you will receive an email message to set up a time for an interview.

After all interviews have been conducted, students who have been selected will receive emails announcing their acceptance. Once accepted, you will also enroll in Psychology 308. Psychology 308 is a graded course that will fulfill the experiential lab requirement for Psychology majors and count towards the credits needed for a Psychology major. Psychology 308 does not count in the Biopsychology, Cognition, & Neuroscience major.

Applications need to be completed the term before you plan to be a Peer Advisor. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered for the next term of Peer Advising. You may, however, submit your application for consideration for the following term.

Fall 2017 Psychology Peer Advisors

Mary Beuckelaere

Mary is a senior from Dearborn, Michigan pursuing a B.A. in Psychology. She transferred from DePaul University in Chicago last year. She has plans to attain her Masters in Social Work focusing in on mental health and family relationships. In addition to peer advising, she is a member of Psi Chi (the international honor society in psychology) and serving as treasurer of the International Deaf and Hearing Alliance (IDHA) here at UM where she participates in fundraisers and academic and social events. Mary is looking forward to a fun semester gaining experience working with her peers. 

Riley Brantley

Riley is a junior from Oxford, MI pursuing a major in Psychology with a minor in Community Action and Social change, as well as Intergroup Relation Education. She intends to pursue a Masters in Social Work and is interested in specializing within the field of Autism treatment. Besides working as a peer advisor, Riley is also a research assistant within the department in a Social Psych Lab. She is also involved throughout campus as a member of the Bystander Intervention and Community Engagement part of SAPAC, as well as being on the board of the campus chapter of Habitat for Humanity. 

Anna Chameli

Anna is a Senior from Hoffman Estates, IL pursuing a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Applied Statistics. She is also completing the Cappo Sales Track through Ross. She is particularly interested in Social and Clinical Psychology, and is an undergraduate research assistant with the Emotion and Self Control Lab. Outside of classes, Anna volunteers at the Tiny Lions Cat Cafe, and in her free time enjoys photography, baking, reading, and drinking a lot of coffee. After graduation, Anna will pursue a masters in Social Psychology, with a concentration on consumer behavior. 

Taylor Conroy

Taylor is a senior from Long Island, NY pursing a major in Psychology with a minor in Crime and Justice. Post-grad she is interested in attending a graduate program for Forensic Psychology. Outside of advising Taylor enjoys traveling and spent a year abroad in Australia. She is also a member of Psi Chi and Active Minds here on campus. 

Grace Dolot

Grace is a senior from Rochester Hills, MI pursuing a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Art History. She is particularly interested in using psychology to pursue a career in sports marketing. Other than being a psych peer advisor, she is involved in Sports Business Association and Michigan Women Empowerment in Sports and Entertainment. Last summer she interned for a new professional baseball league and has worked for Michigan Sports Marketing. She is really looking forward to getting to work with her peers this semester! 

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Fineman

Lizzie is a senior from Newton, Massachusetts pursuing a B.A. in Psychology. Lizzie is particularly interested in social psychology and hopes to work in the public relations field after graduation. Last semester, Lizzie studied abroad in Prague, Czech Republic. Besides working as a peer advisor, Lizzie serves on the executive board of University of Michigan’s Best Buddies chapter as the Social Media Coordinator. Lizzie has held numerous leadership positions in the Greek community during her time at Michigan. Lizzie loves traveling, writing, and spending time with friends and family. Lizzie is extremely excited to be part of the peer advisor program this semester!

Courtney Funk

Courtney is a senior from Fort Collins, Colorado pursuing a major in Biopsychology, Cognition and Neuroscience and a minor in Gender and Health. She is particularly interested in Mental Health Therapy and plans on attending a Social Work Graduate Program after graduating. Courtney is also a research assistant at the Rachel Upjohn Psychiatry building and is a volunteer peer sexual health educator as part of a group on campus. During her free time, Courtney enjoys reading, exercising, and spending time with friends and family. 

Justine Garfinkel

Justine is a senior from Mendham, NJ pursuing a B.A. in Psychology. She is also a Pre-Med student with the hopes of attending medical school and pursuing a career in the health care field. Outside of the classroom, Justine volunteers as an academic tutor at the Peace Neighborhood Center and she is an active member of the Motley Crew Club volunteer organization on campus. Justine has also worked as a research assistant in the University of Michigan Department of Emergency Medicine, and the Emotion and Self-Control Psychology Lab. In her free time, Justine enjoys traveling and spending time with friends and family. 

Caroline Gold

Caroline is a senior from the Greater Boston Area pursuing a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Business. She hopes to leverage her psychology degree and eventually complete an MBA with a career in consumer insights and brand management. As part of her involvement on campus, Caroline is a Business Manager at The Michigan Daily. In her free time, Caroline loves going out for dinner with her friends exploring all of Ann Arbor’s delicious restaurants.

Jessica Luftig

Jessica is a senior at the University of Michigan pursuing a BA in Psychology with an emphasis in Business, Systems, and Organizations (BSO) through LSA and a Minor in Business Administration through Ross. She is also obtaining certification in the Supplemental Studies Program in Entrepreneurship (Innovate Blue) as well as the Ross Sales Track. Jessica is skilled in communication, organization, leadership and research. 

Sammi Pulgini

Sammi is a senior from Commerce, MI pursuing a BA in Psychology and eventual career as a veterinarian! Aside from working as an academic peer advisor, she spends her time on campus practicing with the club gymnastics team and volunteering with the pre-vet club. Sammi's personal interests include photography, traveling, as well as working with animals in addition to people, and she had the chance to enjoy all three of these passions while working as a pre-veterinary intern for 5 weeks in South Africa this past summer!

Daphne Samuel

Daphne is a junior from Troy, MI pursuing a B.S. in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience (BCN). In addition to her role as a peer advisor, she is a student leader for DESIgn, a student organization that celebrates South Asian culture and Christian faith. Being a passionate singer, she is also the music director of Good News Christian A Cappella. She hopes to attend medical school after her undergraduate studies and work as a psychiatrist.

Samantha Schechner

Sami is a senior from Long Island, New York, pursuing a double major in Psychology and Communication Studies. Her favorite courses include introductory statistics, introduction to cognitive psychology, and an American culture class about folklore. She has varied career interests, as she is interested in marketing, law/politics, and journalism. Sami is a part of different clubs and organizations on campus, such as the American Red Cross, Psi Chi, Hillel, and Greek Life. She enjoys doing yoga, traveling, shopping, reading, writing, watching tennis, cheering on Michigan football, and spending time with family and friends. She loves trying new foods, and loves almost anything with chocolate chips!

Hannah Stein

Hannah is a senior from Madison, WI pursuing a B.A. in Psychology. She is particularly interested in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and is preparing for a career in Human Resources. This past summer, Hannah interned at United Shore in the Team Relations department and loved it! Hannah is an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and is currently studying for the Associate Professional in Human Resources (aPHR) exam. On campus, Hannah is involved in Greek Life, Michigan Hillel, and Psi Chi Honors Society in Psychology. During her free time, Hannah enjoys cooking, exercising, and spending time with family and friends. Hannah is very excited to help her peers and can't wait to gain valuable advising experience this semester!

Kaley Willaert

Kaley is a senior from Macomb, MI working toward a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Applied Statistics. She is pursuing in a career in marketing and spent last summer interning at a marketing agency in Detroit. Kaley is especially interested in marketing strategy and analytics, and plans to eventually earn her Master's degree in Business. On campus, she serves as the President of the American Advertising Federation (AAF) for the University of Michigan Chapter and is the Alumni/Outreach Chair for the Undergraduate Psychology Society. In her free time, she enjoys playing volleyball, finding new music, and relaxing with friends. 

Anna Winegarden

Anna is a senior from Southfield, MI pursuing a B.A. in Psychology as well as a minor in Chinese. Aside from working as an academic peer advisor, Anna works as a caregiver for the elderly with dementia, volunteers for The Medical Team Hospice (in the social work and music therapy departments), and is a student leader in Cru, a Christian Organization on campus. Anna hopes to obtain a Master’s of Social Work post-graduation to reach the often-neglected elderly population. Later she hopes to attend Seminary to receive a Master’s of Biblical Counseling in order to tie together her two greatest passions: God and people. Anna is thankful and excited for the opportunity to be a peer advisor this semester.