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Science Major

Academic Advising

The Science Advising Center

The Science Advising Center is located in 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

Sceince Major and Premedicine Major Advising Appointments

Students who are pursuing, or considering, the Science B.S. and/or Premedicine majors can use Starfish to schedule an appointment with an academic advisor. For students in any major interested in Prehealth Advising, please visit the prehealth website to learn how to schedule an appointment with a prehealth advisor.

Current students, to schedule an appointment with an advisor:

  1. Log into Starfish (starfish.psu.edu) and click on "Services."
  2. Click on the search bar for Search services and people. Type "Science - Science and Premedicine Major Advising"
  3. Alternatively, you can search for a specific advisor by name.
  4. 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.
  5. Click the + icon next to your preferred appointment slot.
  6. Select a reason for the appointment.
  7. Type a detailed description for the meeting to help the advisor best prepare for the meeting.
  8. 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 so another student can use the time.

Alumni 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.

Drop-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.

Examples of drop-in items include:

  • 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.

 

ADD/DROP WEEK (August 23 -26) DROP-IN HOURS: 

Monday - Friday, 9:00AM-11:30AM AND 1:30-4:30PM each day

Join our virtual Kiosk! 

 

Drop-In Advising (August 29 - December 9, 2022)

Virtual drop-in advising sessions will be held during the specified days and times below. All other times will need to be scheduled through Starfish.

Mondays, 1:30PM - 3:30PM EST

Tuesdays, 10:00AM -12:00PM EST***

***Drop-in Advising will be CLOSED Tuesday SEPT 27 for the advisers to attend a conference. Please contact your Academic Adviser via email if you need immediate assistance.***

Join our virtual Kiosk! 

Please view Starfish for appointments with your adviser. You may also email an adviser for times to meet if you cannot find any available. 

 

SPECIAL WALK-INS

FOR DISCUSSIONS ABOUT LATE DROPPING A CLASS: Friday, November 11, 9:00am-11:30pm, 1:30-4:30pm

FOR WITHDRAWING FROM SPRING 2022 SEMESTER: Friday, December 9, 9:00am-11:30pm, 1:30-4:30pm

Join our virtual Kiosk! 

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 - contacting 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 (she/her)
Director, Eberly College of Science Academic Advising Center
Senior Program Coordinator, Division of Undergraduate Studies
cjj7@psu.edu
(814) 863-3889

 

Melissa Krajcovic (she/her)
Director, Science Premedicine Majors
muk519@psu.edu
(814) 865-7620

 

Beth Johnson (she/her)
Director, Science Major
Director of Academics, Science BS/MBA Program
bai107@psu.edu
(814) 863-3889

Staff

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David Cassiday.

David Cassiday
Academic Adviser
dac293@psu.edu
(814) 863-3889
Pronouns: he, him, his

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Marc Counterman

Marc Counterman
Academic Adviser
mvc5246@psu.edu
(814) 865-7620
Pronouns: he, him, his

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Natasha Dinsmore headshot

Natasha Dinsmore
Academic Adviser
nvd9@psu.edu
(814) 863-3889
Pronouns: she, her, hers

Carolyn Jensen

Carolyn Jensen
Director, Eberly College of Science Academic Advising Center
Senior Program Coordinator, Division of Undergraduate Studies
cjj7@psu.edu
(814) 863-3889
Pronouns: she, her, hers

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Beth Johnson headshot

Beth Johnson
Director, Science Major
Director of Academics, Science BS/MBA Program
bai107@psu.edu
(814) 863-3889
Pronouns: she, her, hers

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Kimberly Johnson

Kimberly Johnson
Academic Adviser
kej5244@psu.edu
(814) 865-7620
Pronouns: she, her, hers

Jennifer Stingelin Keefer

Jennifer Keefer
Undergraduate Program Adviser
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
jls227@psu.edu
(814) 867-4907
Pronouns: she, her, hers

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Melissa Krajcovic

Melissa Krajcovic
Director, Premedicine Major
muk519@psu.edu
(814) 865-7620
Pronouns: she, her, hers

Lori Lauck

Lori Lauck
Administrative Support Assistant
lmj2@psu.edu
(814) 865-7620
Pronouns: she, her, hers

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John Moses

John Moses
Academic Adviser
jrm68@psu.edu
(814) 865-7620
Pronouns: he, him, his

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Noelle Waggett.

Noelle Waggett
Academic Adviser, Forensic Science
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
nrw107@psu.edu
(814) 863-9572
Pronouns: she, her, hers

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Lucais Wallen

Lucais Wallen
Academic Adviser
ltw5099@psu.edu
(814) 863-3889
Pronouns: he, him, his