Peer Advising

CogSci Peer Advising will be online for Spring 2021! If you would like to make a virtual appointment with a peer advisor, please fill out this form. 

Check out the Peer Advisor Schedule and bios below if you'd like to make an appointment with a specific advisor.  

Our peer advisors are a great resource for students looking for guidance on course recommendations, CogSci research and careers, or why to major in Cognitive Science. 

Any further questions can be directed to askcogsci@berkeley.edu

After attending Peer Advisor office hours, please fill out this Evaluation Form to let us know how we're doing!

Meet our Peer Advisors:

     Celine

Hi! My name is Celine and I’m a fourth-year double majoring in Sociology and Cognitive Science with a minor in Data Science. Cognitive Science has so many amazing classes and professors, but my favorite ones so far would have to be Psych 133 (Psychology of Sleep) with Professor Walker or Psych 131 (Developmental Psychopathology) with Professor Hinshaw. My main passion involves combining technology and human resources to create healthy workplaces and thriving company cultures, melding together my interests within social psychology and data science. I’ve worked for a tech startup in downtown Berkeley focused with HR in remote work and was an intern within Adobe’s Employee Experience department last summer! During the school semester, when I’m not studying, I’m usually binging Netflix, hanging with friends, or leading tours of UC Berkeley as a campus ambassador! I came into Cal as a pure sociology major and added on cognitive science once I saw what a broad, versatile major it was. I’ve been able to dive into so many different fields through this major and am excited to help other people explore as well, schedule an appointment and come chat if you have any questions!  

Major Courses Taken: MCB C61 (Presti), CS 61A (Took in the summer with Uejio, Thakar, Ray, Nguyen), Data 8 (Wager & Sridharan), Ling 100 (Jenks), Phil 3 (Noe), Psych 160 (Mauss), Psych 131 (Hinshaw), CS 70 (Took in the summer with Hulett & Yang), Psych 167AC (Okonofua), Cog Sci 1 (Li), Cog Sci C126 (Whitney), Cog Sci C131 (Collins), Psych 133 (Walker)

Current Courses: Finished with major requirements

     Mimi

Hey there, I’m Mimi! I’m a senior double majoring in Cognitive Science and Linguistics, with a Certificate in Design Innovation! My favorite classes would definitely have to be Philosophy 12A (Introduction to Logic), Linguistics 150 (Sociolinguistics), and Linguistics C142 (Language and Thought). I love all of the Linguistics classes I took so far, so if you have an ounce of curiosity for LiNgUiStIcS, please come talk to me!!! My career interests include UI/UX design, art direction, and brand design. Some clubs I’ve been involved with on campus are Innovative Design, Main Stacks, Dance the Bay, and the ASUC Senate Office. Outside of the classroom, I am a graphic designer, art director, dancer, musician, and pun queen. Feel free to chat with me about art, design, classes, schedule planning, the intersection between cognitive science and linguistics, your favorite Thai restaurants at Berkeley, traveling, dancing, existential thoughts, or anything that’s on your mind right now.  

Major Courses Taken: Math 1A (Simon), CS61A (Denero), CogSci N1 (Li, summer), MCB C61 (Presti), Math 55 (Haiman), Philos 12A (Khokhar, summer), CogSci C100 (Chan), CogSci 131 (Piantadosi), CogSci 182 (Pageler, summer), Ling 100 (Farmer), Ling 110 (Lin), Ling 120 (Jenks), Ling 121 (Jenks), Ling 150 (Bleaman), Ling C142 (Regier), Ling 155AC (Nee, summer), Anthro 166 (Karl, summer), CogSci 170 (Isaac), Ling 130 (Garrett)

Current Courses: Ling 115 (Hyman)

     Yolanda

Hi there! My name is Yolanda, and I’m a senior majoring in Cognitive Science and Psychology, with a minor in Russian Literature. My favorite classes so far have been Cogsci 170 (Brain Damage) with Professor Isaac and Anthro 111 (Evolution of Human Behavior) with Professor Deacon. My academic and research interests are in the intersection between cognitive science and the law (e.g. eyewitness memory, group dynamics in juries, mental health of survivors of violent crimes). I have interned at legal nonprofits and several Berkeley Law centers, and I am currently a research apprentice at MICRO Behavioral Lab, with a focus on memory and lie detection research. When I’m not in class or studying, you can find me enjoying an Agatha Christie novel in a coffee shop or cooking for friends, that is, if I’m not trapped in Dwinelle looking for a way out (it’s been three years and I still don’t understand that building). Feel free to reach out with any questions about classes, schedule planning, research and internship, and more! I would also love to chat about anything from the best restaurants in Berkeley to coping with the ongoing impact of COVID-19.

Major Courses Taken: CS 61A (DeNero), Cogsci 1 (Pageler), Math 55 (Ribet), MCB W61 (Presti), Psych 117 (Knight), Philosophy 25B (Primus), Psych C120/Cogsci C100 (Chan), Psych N160 (Gade), Psych 131 (Hinshaw), Psych N134 (Fisher), Psych N150 (John), Anthro 111 (Deacon), Psych 111 (Weiner), Cogsci 170 (Isaac), Linguis 100 (Jenks)

Current courses: Cogsci 190 (Ramirez), Cogsci C126 (Whitney)

     Asha

Hey, I’m Asha! I am a senior majoring in Cognitive Science with a minor in Data Science. As a Cognitive Science major I have taken so many fascinating classes but my favorites ones so far have been Cog Sci 190(Brain Damage) and Cog Sci 131(Computational Models of Cognition). I am interested in the intersection of healthcare and data analytics and want to work in the biotech industry post graduation. This past summer I interned at the start-up Driving Forward where I analyzed how the health technology industry has been impacted by Covid-19. When I’m not in class you will find me at my favorite study spot of the semester (last semester it was the Yali’s at Sutarja), hanging with friends, or chilling on the glade.

Major Courses Taken: CS 61A(DeNero), Data 8(Adhikari),CogSci 1(Isaac), MCB C61(Presti), Math 55(Community College), Psych 127(Gallant), Cogsci 190(now Cogsci 170)(Isaac), Data 100(Gonzalez and Adhikari), Cogsci 131(Piantadosi), Philosophy W12A(Holliday), Psych 147(Kidd), Linguistics 100 (Jenks), Psych 130 (Johnson)

Current Courses: Info 103 (Duguid), Cog Sci C126(Whitney)

Come see our peers if you are interested in...

  • What is Cognitive Science?
  • Which classes for the distribution requirements should I take?
  • Should I take this class at a community college?
  • What can I do with a Cognitive Science major?
  • How do I get into undergraduate research?
  • How do I declare Cognitive Science?
  • How do I apply for admission to the Honors Program?
  • How do I get academic credit for my internship or research?
  • Clubs/Internships: Our peers have specific experience with...

                   Mentoring
                   Community service
                   Mental health
                   Sexual Health Internship (Tang Center)
                   Speech Pathology Internship