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Academic Advising

The Science Advising Center has relocated to the East Wing of Ritenour Building.

Science and Pre-Health Advising Center
East Wing, 225 Ritenour Bldg
University Park, PA 16802
Tel: 814-863-3889

Advising Appointments

Current students, to schedule an appointment with an advisor:

  1. Log into Starfish ( and click on "Services."
  2. Go to Page 4 to find "University Park - Eberly College of Science Academic Advising Center". Click on the blue banner with the title. Alternatively, you can search for a specific advisor by name, using the small search box (top right-hand side).
  3. Click on the Schedule Appointment link in the service description or scroll down to find a specific advisor's calendar under the Service Members listed. The Service Calendar (left-hand side) will show dates with scheduled appointment slots. Bold-face dates are ones with available appointment slots.
  4. Click the + icon next to your preferred appointment slot.
  5. Select a reason for the appointment.
  6. Type a detailed description for the meeting to help the advisor best prepare for the meeting.
  7. Once you create the appointment, Starfish will send you an email confirming the appointment as well as a reminder email closer to the appointment date. Your new appointment will appear in your Starfish "Dashboard."

To cancel an appointment: Click the "X" in the upper right of the appointment block on your Dashboard. If you cancel, please do so in advance and provide reasons for why the appointment is being cancelled.

Alumi or prospective students, to schedule an appointment with an advisor:

Please call our office at 814-863-3889. Same-day appointments will not be made. Plan to schedule appointments at least two weeks in advance.

Walk Ins

Walk in advising is structured and reserved for brief concerns that will take no longer than 10 minutes.  If it becomes evident that you have more extensive questions or concerns than you realized, you will be asked to schedule an advising appointment.

  • Reviews of current courses scheduled
  • Discussion about adding/dropping courses within deadlines
  • Discussion about entrance to major requirements
  • Other topics that require brief answers and/or discussion - a signature on a simple University form, concerns about where classes fit within degree and University requirements, etc.

Spring 2020 Walk-in Hours:

Walk-in Hours, January 21- May 1:

Walk-ins will be held during specified days and times. All other times will need to be scheduled through Starfish.

In response to COVID-19 distance learning, these meetings will be held remotely. Please head to Starfish to check-in at the time you wish to meet (during the following days and times).

There will be walk-ins on the following days:

  • Monday 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM - Melissa Krajcovic and Joanna Maatta
  • Tuesday 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM - John Moses
  • Wednesday 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM - Lucais Wallen and one of either Kimberly Johnson, Melissa Krajcovic, or John Moses
  • Thursday 1:30 - 3:30 PM - Lucais Wallen 
  • Friday 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Carolyn Jensen and Kimberly Johnson

*** Our office will be conducting walk-in office-hours remotely. If it is during one of the times listed above, please go to Starfish, and schedule an appointment during the specified block (15 minutes only). Once you have scheduled your time, copy the link to the Zoom Room and paste it into your browser. You may then enter the Zoom Room. If your adviser is currently meeting with another student, you will be directed to the waiting room. Your adviser will be with you as soon as they are available. ***



FOR DISCUSSIONS ABOUT LATE DROPPING A CLASS ONLY: Friday, April 10, 9:00-11:30am & 1:30-5:00pm

FOR WITHDRAWING FROM SPRING SEMESTER ONLY: Friday, May 1, 10:00am-12:00pm, 1:30-5:00pm


Please email your adviser directly during this time. 

E-mails and Advising

  • Include your name, a greeting, and your student ID number.
  • Please do not use text message lingo.
  • Remember, problems are more difficult to address and solve by e-mail.
  • Only e-mail one adviser at a time. E-mailing multiple advisers with the same issue creates confusion and may delay our response to you.
We are happy to answer quick questions via e-mail. We will not, however, replace an advising meeting with e-mail correspondence.


We’ll do our best to answer your questions as quickly as possible, but due to the volume of e-mail we receive we might not be able to answer them on the same day. Our goal is to respond to e-mails received within three business days, so your patience is much appreciated.


Carolyn Jensen
Director, Eberly College of Science Academic Advising Center
Senior Program Coordinator, Division of Undergraduate Studies
(814) 863-3889

Ronald Markle
Director, Premedicine and General Science Majors
Professor of Biology (Physiology)
(814) 865-7620


Luann Auman

Auman, Luann
Administrative Support Assistant
(814) 863-3889




Sharon FongFong, Sharon
Academic Adviser
(814) 863-3889





Carolyn JensenJensen, Carolyn
Director, Eberly College of Science Academic Advising Center
Senior Program Coordinator, Division of Undergraduate Studies
(814) 863-3889




Kimberly JohnsonJohnson, Kimberly
Academic Adviser
(814) 865-7620





Jennifer Stingelin Keefer

Keefer, Jennifer
Undergraduate Program Adviser
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
(814) 867-4907






Melissa KrajcovicKrajcovic, Melissa
Academic Adviser
(814) 865-7620





Lori LauckLauck, Lori
Administrative Support Assistant
(814) 865-7620





Ron Markle

Markle, Ronald
Director, Premedicine and General Science Majors
Professor of Biology (Physiology)
(814) 865-7620


Maatta, Joanna
Academic Adviser
(814) 863-3889


John MosesJohn Moses
Academic Adviser, Forensic Science
(814) 863-9572





Lucais WallenWallen, Lucais
Academic Adviser
(814) 863-3889