Student Advisors and Advocates

Each CST department has a Student Advisor and Advocate who is a qualified undergraduate major in that department. The Student Advisor and Advocate is thoroughly familiar with requirements and curricula of the department, and can competently advise fellow students on the courses and faculty members of the department. The Student Advisor and Advocate also has the information about career options for the department's graduates.

The Student Advisor and Advocate is familiar with the College of Science and Technology Grievance Procedure and is the first person to consult in case of an academic grievance.

The Student Advisor and Advocate will serve as a student-faculty "go-between," and attempt to resolve the grievance. A student must initiate this first stage of the academic grievance by submitting a letter detailing the grievance. (Learn more about the procedure's three stages.) A copy of the College of Science and Technology Grievance Procedure can be obtained from the Student Advisor and Advocate. Each Student Advisor and Advocate holds office hours within the department, and the Coordinator of Student Representatives is located in the CST Center for Academic Advising and Professional Development.

The Student Advisor and Advocate will hold regular office hours to advise other undergraduate students. Any student can walk-in to the office hours for the respective Student Advisor and Advocate of their department to receive advice on course load and resources available within the department. For long-term schedule planning, career planning, and other serious advising matters, the Student Advisor and Advocate will refer the student to CST main advising. The Student Advisor and Advocate will also be knowledgeable of and be able to direct students to any other appropriate student academic and support resources.

Student Advisor and Advocates location and work hours for Spring 2020:

Drew Behrendt– Coordinator of Student Representatives
Paley Suite 150 (CST Advising) 
Monday 10am-12:30pm
Wednesday 10am-12:30pm
Friday 10am-12:30pm


Laura Smith– Biology
Bio Life Sci 136
Wednesday 2pm-4pm
Thursday 10am-2pm



Nicholas Degen – EES
Beury Hall, Rm. 325A
Tuesday 11am-12pm, 1:30pm-3:30pm
Thursday: 11am-12pm, 1:30pm-3:30pm


CIS- vacant
Please contact the Coordinator, Drew Behrendt, for any grievance related matters.


Lauren Hoffman– Chemistry
Beury Hall, Room 228 
Monday 5pm-8pm
Thursday 5pm-8pm




Victorya Richardson – Math
Wachman Hall 609, Undergraduate Lounge
Tuesday 1pm-4pm
Thursday 1pm-4pm


Joseph Grassi– Physics
SERC 4th Fl. Student Lounge
Tuesday 2pm-5pm
Thursday 2pm-5pm