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Peer Advising

The Fall 2021 Peer Advising application is closed. Check back mid-fall for the Winter 2022 application!


The Psychology Peer Advisors are available for virtual advising appointments during the Fall and Winter terms, from the first through last days of classes. Peer advisors are not available during spring and summer. Click here to schedule a Peer Advising appointment.

  • 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, internship, and career options
  • Research & independent study opportunities in the department

Peer Advising Application & Program Requirements

Peer Advisor Program Requirements

1. Meet with a Peer Advisor before applying to discuss your own academic and/or career plans, and the role of the peer advisor (these questions will be on the application). 

2. After applying, you may be contacted for an interview with a current Peer Advisor

3.  If accepted, attend the 5-hour Peer Advisor Training, usually the day before classes start.

Things to know

1. You must be delcared in Psychology or BCN.

2. You must register for Psych 308 during the term you are a Peer Advisor.

3. Peer Advising is a great experience for anyone considering a "helping" career.

4. Advanced Peer Advising is a wonderful leadership experience! 

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 are currently available by appointment only. Click here to schedule a Peer Advising appointment. 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.

Winter 2021 Psychology Peer Advisors

Annabelle Angus

Annabelle Angus is a Junior from Rochester, MI pursuing a B.A. in Psychology and Cognitive Science. She is particularly interested in Organizational Psychology and hopes to use her experience and coursework to work within the human capital side of business after graduation. Currently, she spends her time as a training and development intern with MDining, and this summer, plans to work in talent acquisition and strategy at Wayfair. In her free time, she likes to read, discover new things to airfry, and spend time with friends and family.

Andrea Bavikatty

Andrea is a junior from Traverse City, Michigan, pursuing a B.A. in Psychology. Aside from her work as a peer advisor, she is a research assistant with the Adolescent Interpersonal Relationships Lab at the University of Michigan. In the future, Andrea hopes to pursue a graduate degree in clinical ordevelopmental psychology and is particularly interested in adolescent psychopathology. She is also a member of the Undergraduate Psychology Society and the College Democrats on campus. In her sparetime, Andrea enjoys running, reading, and spending time with friends.

Harrison Bromberg

Harrison is a junior from Los Angeles, CA pursuing a B.S. in Biopsychology, Cognition, andNeuroscience (BCN), while also on a Pre-Med track. Aside from being a peer advisor, Harrison works as a research assistant studying the risk perceptions of opioids in young adults, while also being involved in Wolverine Support Network and Unmasked Michigan. After graduation, Harrison hopes to attend medical school and become a pediatrician. In his free time, he enjoys playing golf and basketball, cooking, and spending time with friends.

Kayla Browning

Kayla is a senior from Belleville, Michigan pursuing a B.A. in Psychology and English. Aside from being a peer advisor, she has worked as a Resident Advisor in Markley and volunteered in the General and Thoracic Surgery Clinic at Michigan Medicine. Currently, Kayla spends her free time volunteering with the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center (SAPAC), reading, and spending time with family and friends. After graduation, Kayla plans to attend graduate school to achieve a Master’s in Social Work.

Grayson Buning

Grayson is a junior from Grand Rapids, MI pursuing a B.S. in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience (BCN) with a minor in History. Grayson is very interested in the neurobiology of learning and memory and spends much of his time studying these topics in Dr. Natalie Tronson’s lab. In addition to research, Grayson is also a passionate writer; he is a journalist for the sports section at the Michigan Daily, where he covers the Michigan Adaptive Sports and Fitness program (which he also volunteers for). While these are his main pursuits, Grayson also volunteers with the Hospital Elder Life Program, tutors the children of Michigan Medicine employees for Opportunities to Educate Children, works as a contact tracer for the School of Public Health, and is acting president of the Undergraduate Science Journal Club. In his freetime, Grayson likes to watch soccer, read, and spend time with his cat.

Jenny Choy

Jenny is a junior from Macao, China pursuing a major in Psychology and minors in Creative Writing and Education for Empowerment. She is particularly interested in developmental, social, and educational psychology and hopes to pursue a master's in education in the future. In her free time, she is involved in many children’s clubs such as Kid’s Kitchen, Operation Educate Children, and K-Grams. She also works as a research assistant in the Conceptual Developmental Lab at the University. Additionally, she loves skiing, scuba diving, and reading. Her favorite childhood book was the girl who fell from the sky.

Aliyah Clark

Aliyah is a senior from Grand Ledge, MI studying Psychology with a minor in Crime and Justice. She is particularly interested in the overlap between clinical and cognitive psychology and hopes to earn a PhD in Psychology after completing her undergrad. During the Winter 2020 semester, she was a member of the STAR Scholars Program and now volunteers in Dr. Priti Shah's research lab. In her free time, Aliyah enjoys reading, playing with her two cats, and binge watching tv shows on Netflix.

Katherine Hawkom

Katherine is a junior from Needham, Massachusetts pursuing a double major in Psychology and Neuroscience on the Pre-Med track. She particularly enjoys developmental and neuropsychology. Aside from being an academic peer advisor, Katherine works as a research assistant in the Department of Psychology looking at mental health and volunteers for Relay For Life. After graduation, Katherine hopes to go to medical school and become a doctor. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, listening to music, and hanging out with friends.

Mikayla Hertz

Mikayla is currently a junior hailing from Atlanta, GA. She is pursuing a BS in BCN with a minor in Creative Writing.  When she is not peer advising, Mikayla works in a research lab at Michigan Medical School, is a tour guide for UM, and volunteers at the Peace Neighborhood Center. After completing undergrad, Mikayla hopes to go to medical school, although she is not sure what type of medicine she is interested in yet. She is excited to work with her peers this semester!

Bryn Jackson

Bryn is a junior from Northwest Indiana studying Psychology with a minor in entrepreneurship and completing Ross’s Cappo Sales Track. In addition to peer advising, she stays involved on campus by being an Instructional Aide for ENTR 409: Intro to Venture Capital, as well as being the incoming Executive Director for Panhellenic Peer Educators: the Sexual Violence Education and Empowerment branch. Outside of school, Bryn loves to try new foods and travel to new places.

Alexandra Simmons

Ally is a senior from Los Angeles, CA pursuing a B.S. in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience with a minor in Biological Anthropology. Aside from peer advising, she is a research assistant in the Aging and Cognition Lab and has a particular interest in cognitive impairment in older adults and neurodevelopmental disorders. After graduation, she hopes to continue research in the Psychology field before eventually receiving a Master’s in Public Health. Ally enjoys hiking with friends, traveling to new countries, and playing tennis. She is excited for the new semester and looks forward to answering your questions!

Julia Smith

Julia is a junior pursuing a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Sociology of Health and Medicine. She is hoping to continue her education in graduate school focusing on Clinical Psychology after graduation. Outside of peer advising, Julia is a Mental Health and Wellness Chair for her sorority, Kappa Delta, and is the Academic Chair of the Undergraduate Psychology Society. Along with this, Julia does research under Dr. Zahodne in the Michigan Cognitive Aging Project, focusing on Dementia and cognitive aging. When she is not doing advising or research, Julia volunteers as a Crisis Counselor for Crisis Text Line and enjoys having game nights with her roommates.

Kim Swinehart

Kim is a senior from Taylor, MI pursuing a B.A. in Psychology and Social Theory & Practice, with a minor in the Environment. She is particularly interested in the growing field of environmental psychology and people's changes in their behavior and living situations as a result of climate change. After she graduates, she plans on going to graduate school to get a master's degree in urban and regional planning, where she plans on combining her background in psychology with other social and natural sciences to create sustainable environments for people to live in. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her friends in her co-op, going for long car rides, and trying to listen to every album on the planet before she dies.

Elizabeth Wall

Elizabeth is a senior from Troy, MI pursuing a B.A. in Psychology as well as a minor in Digital Studies. In the future, Elizabeth hopes to use her major to pursue a career in Human Resources or recruiting. On-campus, Elizabeth is a member of Greek life and the Undergraduate Psychology Society (UPS). During her free time, she hangs out with friends in a safe and socially distanced way, watches Netflix, cooks new recipes, and works out. Elizabeth is really looking forward to being a peer advisor this semester and helping students navigate the BCN and Psychology majors.

Adelaide Ward

Adelaide is a junior from Ludington, MI pursuing a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Community Action & Social Change (CASC). On campus, Adelaide is a volunteer at the Sexual Assault Prevention & Awareness Center (SAPAC) and a part of the Women's Organization on Rights to Health (WORTH), as well as participating in the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP). Outside of school, she is passionate about mental health and social justice work, and is considering multiple graduate school options related to those things. She is looking forward to getting to know her peers this semester (over zoom) and can't wait to start advising!