Peer Advising

Peer Advising

Peer advisors area available most days of the week in 140 Stephens Hall. For more detailed information and any changes to general schedule, please visit our live calendar

Meet our Peer Advisors

Hi there! I’m Rachel, a fourth year CogSci major and Linguistics minor. When I’m lucky and have free time, I enjoy baking and searching for friendly cats to pet. During my time at Cal, I spent a summer studying abroad in Paris, had a UX researcher internship, worked in four labs,  and am currently pursuing my CogSci honors thesis. After graduation, I plan on going to graduate school for linguistics and then maybe entering the tech field as a linguist or UX Researcher. My favorite classes so far have been Comparative and Historical Linguistics (Ling 130) and Intro to Logic (Philos 12A).  Feel free to stop by and ask me any questions about research positions, study abroad, or anything else!

Major Courses Taken: Philos 12A (Yalcin), Math 16A (Slaman), CS61A (Hilfinger), MCB C61 (Presti),  Philos 3 (Noe), Math 55 (Stankova), Sociol 150 (Powers), Ling 100 (Garrett), CogSci 1 (Li), MCB 160 (Feldman, Isacoff, Ngai), Ling 130 (Garrett), Ling 110 (Lin), Ling 115 (Hyman), Ling 109 (Gahl), Anthro 160AC (Briggs)

Hello! I’m Kayla, a fourth year Cognitive Science major. I came to Berkeley from Southern California as a transfer student in the Spring of 2017. When I have some free time I enjoy reading, cooking, and watching films. After graduation, I plan on working in UX research and design to study practical applications prior to attending graduate school for Human Computer Interaction. My favorite CogSci courses have been Perception (CogSci C126) and Brain, Mind, & Behavior (MCB C61). If you have any questions regarding getting requirements done in a condensed amount of time as a transfer, research opportunities, finding your niche in an interdisciplinary major such as Cognitive Science, or anything else, please feel free to stop by and chat!

Major Courses Taken: Math 1A (Haiman), CS 61A (Denero & Hilfinger), Cogsci 1B (Regier), MCB C61 (Presti), Psych 160 (Chen), Psych 131 (Zhou), Linguis 100 (Michael), CogSci C126 (Whitney), Psych 117 (Knight), IntegBio C143B, Philos 12A (Holliday), Psych 101 (Catterson), Math 55—IP (Haiman), and Stat 133—IP (Trujillo).


Hi everyone! I’m Avanti, a fourth year double majoring in Cognitive Science and Applied Math. I just finished a year of research in the Computational Cognitive Neuroscience lab, and some of my favorite Cog Sci classes include Social Psychology (Psych 160) and Philosophy of Mind (Phil 132). This past summer, I interned at an asset management firm in New York in a group centered between finance and tech. In my spare time, I enjoy writing for the Daily Cal, searching for the best coffee spots around town, or losing my voice cheering for the Warriors. If you have questions or need advice regarding double majoring, pursuing research through URAP, finding internships, or anything else, I’d love to chat so please stop by!

Major Classes Taken: CS 61A (Hilfinger), Math 55 (Stankova), Ling 100 (Lin & Mikkelsen), MCB C61 (Presti), Psych 160 (Mauss), Phil 132 (Noe), Stat 133 (Sanchez), Rhetoric 103A (Porter), Cog Sci 1 (Li), Cog Sci 131 (Collins)

Hello hello! My name is Hannah, I am a third year Cognitive Science major. My absolute favorite class so far in the major has been CogSci 1 with Paul Li. When I have free time or am in need of a place to study, I love finding new coffee shops and cafes. I also enjoy reading, going to concerts, and making playlists on Spotify. I just completed a year in UCSF’s Bonding and Attunement in Neuropsychiatric Disorders Lab with a study on oxytocin, and this summer I was at the University of Mississippi Medical Center studying the role of deep cerebellar nuclei in the visual motor system of macaques. I am a huge fan of research, so if you have any questions about finding some experience, or about classes in the major, feel free to hit me up!

Major Courses Taken: Math 1A (Paulin), CS61A (Hilfinger), Math 55 (Holtz), Psych 160 (Chen), Cogsci 1 (Li), Cogsci 131 (Collins), MCB C61 (Presti)


Hi! I’m Lucy and I’m a fourth year Cog Sci major and Theater and Performance Studies minor. I’m interested in linguistics and psych, and have done research in both fields. I was a research assistant in the Institute of Human Development studying toddler cognition, and I spent the previous summer studying linguistic discourse relations at Hampshire College. I’ll be doing more work on discourse relations in a lab here at Cal starting this fall. Outside of class I like to garden, swim, and go to trivia nights. Let me know if you have any questions about research, student jobs on campus or anything else about Cog Sci!

Major Courses Taken: MCB C62 (Presti), Math 1A (Shin), Soc 150 (Powers), CS 61A (Denero), Psych C61 (Presti), Psych C143 (Srinivasan), Math 55 (Ramkumar), Ling 100 (Jenks), MCB 160 (Feldman, Isacoff, Ngai), Music 108 (Gygi), Cog Sci 1 (Li), Cog Sci 131 (Collins), Psych 167AC (Mendoza-Denton), Ling 170 (Beier)





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...

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