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Why See Your Department Academic Advisor?

The Chemistry and Biochemistry academic advising team serves undergraduate student majors and students enrolled in chemistry/biochemistry courses with questions including, but not limited to, course enrollment, major and minor requirements, department policies, and academic regulations.

Location and Phone

York Hall 4010 (in Revelle College)
Phone: (858) 534-4856

FA21 Advising Hours 

Drop-in/walk-in advising: Wednesday & Thursday, 10AM-11:30AM and 2-3:30PM. Virtual and in-person options available.
Advising appointments: Monday-Tuesday 9:30AM, 10:15AM, 11:00AM, 1:30PM, 2:15PM, 3:00PM, and Wednesday-Thursday from 9-9:30AM (No appointments on Fridays). Advising appointment information.

What can you expect from your department academic advisor?

Department advisors will…

  • Explain department policies and procedures and university regulations
  • Help you with questions regarding enrollment, petitions, prerequisites, and anything related to your major requirements
  • Work with you to develop your long-term academic plan
  • Assist you with improving your decision-making skills and help you to develop autonomy and responsibility for your educational plans and achievements
  • Help you identify academic and career goals and provide recommendations to help you successfully meet those goals
  • Refer you to appropriate individuals, offices, and centers on campus
  • Provide a respectful and supportive space for you to ask questions, discuss interests and express concerns

What does your department academic advisor expect from you?

  • Read email or notifications sent from Chemistry Advising and the Registrar’s office
  • Use online resources to find information about courses, policies, deadlines, etc.
  • Schedule and attend an advising appointment at least once a year
    • Be courteous and respectful (e.g. schedule your appointment early, silence your phone during your appointment)
    • Come prepared; bring any relevant materials with you (written questions, quarter-by-quarter plan, draft schedule, etc.)
    • Arrive on time (a few minutes early, if possible) and check in at the front desk
  • Attend scheduled appointments or academic advising workshops
  • Ask questions during advising sessions or through the Virtual Advising Center (VAC)
  • Review degree audit each quarter, particularly before enrollment times
  • Learn to use information about course descriptions, offerings, and prerequisites to draft a long-term academic plan
  • Follow-through on recommendations and referrals
  • Accept responsibility for choices and decisions

Learning outcomes for Chemistry/Biochemistry major advising sessions

  • Know how to use the degree audit system to monitor progress toward degree completion.
  • Identify specific educational, career, and life goals.
  • Make informed decisions concerning career goals or advanced education.
  • Establish social networks that help further career plans.
  • Appreciate the value added to their educational experience through mentoring and/or co-curricular opportunities.

Chemistry/Biochemistry Undergraduate Advising Staff


HANNA FOLEY, Undergraduate Affairs Manager

Hanna graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Applied Linguistics and has a background in education, peer mentoring, tutoring, and ESL teaching. In 2015, she moved back to her hometown of San Diego and soon after started her career in Student Affairs in the Chemistry and Biochemistry department at UCSD. As a former transfer student herself, she understands the unique struggles that come with transitioning from community college to the UC system, and is happy to help students with this transition whenever possible. She is passionate about supporting students in acheiving their academic goals, and getting all of their questions answered! Off the clock, she enjoys traveling, reading, biking, yoga, and trying every Thai restaurant in San Diego.


GELSEY THOMAS, Undergraduate Advisor

Gelsey earned her B.A in Sociology and M.A in Postsecondary Educational Leadership from San Diego State University. Prior to transferring to San Diego State University, Gelsey earned an A.A. in Sociology from San Diego Mesa College. She has a professional background in academic advising, assessment, along with student success coaching, mentoring, and leadership. Gelsey is passionate and dedicated to serving diverse student populations and consistently acting as a supportive student success resource. Outside of work, Gelsey enjoys exploring the amazing restaurants San Diego has to offer, playing with her corgi, exercising at the gym, and spending time with her friends and family.


VANESSA REDONDO, Undergraduate Advisor

Vanessa is a UCSD alumni and got her B.S. in Environmental Chemistry. She has a background in advising UCSD students as well as experience in participating in on-campus organizations and labs at UCSD. As a first generation college student, she is excited about serving and connecting with students like herself and helping them through their journey to graduation. She is especially passionate about advocating for underrepresented students and bringing sustainability into the workplace. In her free time, Vanessa enjoys sewing her own clothes, rooting for the San Diego Padres, and tending to her small jungle of houseplants.

Meeting With an Advisor

Contact Information

Student Affairs Office Info

Location and Phone

York Hall 4010 (in Revelle College)
Phone: (858) 534-4856

FA21 Advising Hours 

Drop-in/walk-in advising: Wednesday & Thursday, 10AM-11:30AM and 2-3:30PM. Virtual and in-person options available.
Advising appointments: Monday-Tuesday 9:30AM, 10:15AM, 11:00AM, 1:30PM, 2:15PM, 3:00PM, and Wednesday-Thursday from 9-9:30AM (No appointments on Fridays) Advising appointment information.

General Questions

If you are a current student, please contact us via the VAC. All others can contact us at

Advising Options

Drop-In/Walk-In Advising (Virtual & In-Person Options Available!)

Come by for drop-in/walk-in advising if you have quick questions about your chemistry/biochemistry major or minor requirement, your degree audit, enrollment in a chemistry/biochemistry class, planning your current or upcoming quarter classes, our petition process, department policies or procedures, etc. You may also ask these questions via the Virtual Advising Center (! 

Note that if you have a petition to submit (e.g. retroactive withdrawal, double major, maximum unit limitation appeals, study abroad forms, etc.), you must submit these to These forms will not be processed via walk-in advising.

IMPORTANT: FA21 Walk-in Advising Instructions & Hours

In FA21, drop-in/walk-in advising will take place Wednesday and Thursday, 10AM-11:30AM and 2-3:30PM. Last drop-in/walk-in student will be taken at 11:15 in the morning and 3:15 in the afternoon. Note that these sessions are intended for quick questions (up to 15 minutes).

To sign in for drop-in or walk-in advising, please follow the steps below:

1. NEW! SIGN IN REMOTELY: for the safety of our students and staff, we will no longer be allowing students to sign in for walk-in advising in our office.

To sign in for virtual drop-in advising, click here.
To sign in for in-person walk-in advising in York Hall 4010, click here.

2. After you have selected your preferred advising modality, please carefully follow the instructions on your screen. Your screen will update when it is your turn to be seen. You will also receive a text when it is your turn, if you have selected this option. 

Note that your place in line will only be held for a maximum of minutes for both virtual and in-person advising. As such, if you are signing in for in-person walk-in advising, it is highly recommended to sign in when only in close proximity to York Hall 4010.

Virtual Advising Center (VAC)

Continuing students can submit a brief question 24-hours a day through the Virtual Advising Center, within the Ask a Question area. An advisor will respond within 72 business hours (and often sooner), and the response can be viewed in the Contact Record area. 

Use the VAC for quick questions about your chemistry/biochemistry major or minor requirement, your degree audit, enrollment in a chemistry/biochemistry class, planning your current or upcoming quarter classes, our petition process, department policies or procedures, etc. 

Advising Appointments (Virtual & In-Person Options Available!)

Advising appointments are 30 minute sessions intended for long-term (quarter-by-quarter) planning (including major planning for readmission purposes). Note that the majority of your questions can be answered via the VAC or through drop-in/walk-in advising (see details above)!

We are offering in-person and virtual advising appointments in FA21, Monday-Tuesday 9:30AM, 10:15AM, 11:00AM, 1:30PM, 2:15PM, 3:00PM, and Wednesday-Thursday from 9-9:30AM. Advising appointments will not be conducted or scheduled on Fridays. Please note that appointments may be limited for FA21. 

To request an appointment, click here

Note: the appointment request form opens for submissions each Monday at 8:00AM and closes each Friday at 3:30PM.

Peer Advising


Peer advising office hours will take place virtually in FA21.
See you soon!



Who are Peer Advisors?

Chemistry Peer Advisors are undergraduate students majoring in one of the degree programs and who are available to answer questions from fellow students.  It is especially helpful for freshmen and new transfers, but all are welcome!  They can provide insights on questions such as:

  • Why did you pick Chemistry as a major?
  • What is it like to be a Chemistry student at UCSD?  
  • What resources have you found helpful?
  • How did you get involved in research or teaching?
  • What do you plan to do after you graduate?

Have quick questions? Our Peer Advisors are also available via e-mail at




Ayuri Kirihennedige
Lead Peer Advisor 
3rd Year
Pharmacological Chemistry Major

Ayuri is a third year Pharmacological Chemistry major from Northern California. She is currently pursuing UCSD’s 7-Year B.S./PharmD program. Ayuri would ideally like to work with a Japanese pharmaceutical company as a liaison between Japan and the United States. Her goal as a chemistry Peer Advisor is to holistically help students reach their goals by addressing study habits, class choices, and different methods of seeking academic assistance.



Richard Niederecker
Peer Advisor
2nd Year Master's Candidate in Chemistry

Richard is a second year Master's candidate in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department, with the goal of becoming a physician scientist. He transferred to UCSD from Saddleback College and is an undergraduate researcher in Dr. Jerry Yang’s Lab working on developing a hydrogel capable of delivering a protein to peripheral nerves. He has attended multiple undergraduate summer research fellowships and was an AMGEN Scholar at UCSF. Additionally, he is a co-coordinator of Roger’s Community Garden in Revell college where he has participated in student run research on translational gardening techniques to benefit underserved communities.



Montana Panec
Peer Advisor and Student Sucess Center Representative
3rd Year
Pharmacological Chemistry Major

Montana is a third year Pharmacological Chemistry major from Thousand Oaks, CA. She currently works as a lab assistant at Catalent Pharma Solutions, volunteers for the UCSD Free Clinic, and is also involved with ACS-SA. She is a recent admit to UCSD’s 7-Year B.S./PharmD program. After pharmacy school, her dream is to be an acute care pharmacist at a children’s hospital. In her free time, she enjoys going to the zoo, hiking, and listening to audio books. Her goal as a peer advisor is to give back to the chemistry community to help other students succeed and meet their goals. 







Lu Yue Wang
Peer Advisor
3rd Year 
Biochemistry/Chemistry Major

Lu Yue is a third year Biochemistry/Chemistry major at Muir College. She is currently an illustrator at Saltman Quarterly and a secretary at Healing Hands. She is also involved in UCSD's Pre-Pharmacy Society and is looking forward to beginning her new internship at Palomar Health this coming winter. As of now, Lu Yue would like to become a clinical pharmacist through UCSD's 7-Year B.S./PharmD program. In her free time, she enjoys creating digital art, playing the Kalimba, and spending time with friends. Her goal as a Chemistry Peer Advisor is to help guide students on the best path forward to achieving their goals.



Ali Quezada
Peer Advisor
3rd Year 
Biochemistry/Chemistry Major

Ali is a third year biochemistry/chemistry major at Muir College. She is currently a laboratory assistant at Scripps Research and a licensed Caregiver. Upon completing her summer internship at Stanford Medical school, Ali solidified her goal in pursuing medical school in hopes of obtaining a MD/PhD degree. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, reading and camping. Her goal as a Chemistry Peer Advisor is to help students follow their passions while also guiding them down the path of networking and involvement.