Undergraduate Advising

Undergraduate Advising

ANOUNCEMENT: The CogSci advisors will be working remotely through the Fall 2020 semester. Visit CalCentral to make an appointment with Catherine,  MacKenzie, or Sofia. If you do not have access to CalCentral, please email an advisor to schedule an appointment. At your appointment time follow the directions below:

  • MacKenzie:  Click on the Google Meet link in bCal OR call MacKenzie at ‪(510) 984-1190 at your appointment time if you would like to conduct the appointment over the phone. 
  • Catherine: Click Google Meet link in bCal or log in to bcal at your appointment time.
  • Sofia: Click on the Zoom or Google Meet link in bCal. 

Check out our Virtual Advising Office!

Image of a virtual front desk. Features bitmojis of all three cognitive science advisors.

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 (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. In her current position she has refined her ability to guide students through a major with unpredictable and highly-impacted course offerings. Catherine's position here has allowed her to think on her feet and implement changes in a rapidly expanding major.

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 (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 hone 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!