Undergraduate Advising

Undergraduate Advising

Welcome back to campus for Fall 21! 

Beginning August 16th 2021 the CogSci advisors will be operating on a hybrid modelto deliver services to students in-person, remotely, by appointment, and drop-in, and in various time zones. 

To make a remote or in-person appointment, students should use the CalCentral advising tool.

To utilize remote drop-in advising hours, students should login to Catherine's drop-in waiting room via Zoom. Catherine will see students in the order they log-in. So just hold tight in the waiting room until admitted.  

If none of these times work for you, please reach out to an advisor via email. For contact info and more please visit the Undergraduate Advising page of the CogSci website. 

Meet the CogSci Advisors

MacKenzie Moore

MacKenzie Moore (she/her) is the Student Services Lead & Program Development Coordinator. In addition to providing on-on-one student advising, she oversees Cognitive Science advising and student services and conducts strategic planning for the program as a whole. She began her career in higher education upon admission to the PhD program in History here at UC Berkeley. She worked as a history instructor and lecturer for 9 years, through which she discovered her passion for working directly with students as an advisor. She first worked as student advisor with the American Studies program at UC Berkeley before transitioning to the Cognitive Science program. She loves talking with students about all aspects of their academic lives. She is a skilled educator with tremendous problem solving skills just waiting to help students when they need it!

 Catherine Byrne

Catherine Byrne (she/her) earned her Master's degree in Counseling from Sonoma State and has worked in Higher Education since 2010. In 2017 she joined the Cognitive Science program as a Student Services Advisor. Catherine is grateful for the opportunity to work with students one-on-one and enjoys watching students progress through their college careers. Catherine is passionate about providing individualized, strengths‐based, and culturally competent services to students. She's also interested in food, art, music, and international travel, and speaking to students about what makes them tick. She enjoys getting to know her students and following them through their academic and personal development.

Sofia Vita-Casquejo

Sofia (they/them) got their B.A. in Sociology at UC Santa Cruz and their M.A. in Counseling at Saint Mary’s College of California. In the last year of their graduate program, they worked as a career counseling intern at the Tang Center where they helped students home in on their passions and interests. Their favorite part about working with students is listening to their enthusiasm for their studies and supporting their goals. As a new addition to the advising team, they look forward to continuing this work. Outside of their role working with students, they enjoy astrology, buying books (and not reading them), and cooking with friends! Whether you have questions about the major, are curious about career options, have concerns about your courses, etc. feel free to schedule an appointment!

CogSci advisors can be reached by email or by scheduling an appointment on CalCentral. 

MacKenzie Moore (she/her): mackenziemoore@berkeley.edu(link sends e-mail)

Catherine Byrne (she/her): clbyrne@berkeley.edu

Sofia Vita-Casquejo (they/them): savc@berkeley.edu

  • Please be advised that our advisors have very high case loads.
  • Please visit our FAQs and thoroughly explore our website before scheduling an appointment or emailing an advisor. 
  • Visit our peer advisors for questions about individual classes, instructors, research, etc. 
  • Any of our staff advisors can answer any CogSci-related question. Choose whichever you'd like and whichever has an appointment available. 
  • Visit CalCentral  to book an appointment with a CogSci advisor. 

Virtual Office Full of Resources!

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Fall 21 Advisor Availability

Note: In person & Remote Appts & NEW REMOTE DROP-IN

In-Person advising available by Appt Remote Advising Available by Appt Remote Drop-in Advising Available 
Monday 10-12; 1:30-4 10-12; 1:30-4  10-12
Tuesday None  10-12; 2-6 2-4
Wed 2-4 10-12; 2-6 2-4
Thursday 10-12 10-12; 4-6 2-4
Friday  10-12; 1:30-4 10-12; 1:30-4 2-4