IB Peer Advisors

Peer Advisors can help you with...

  • Scheduling and course recommendations
  • General info about the major
  • Course planning in preparation for declaration
  • Research opportunities
  • Information about pre-med or graduate school requirements
  • Feel free to send your questions to: IBPeerAdvising@gmail.com

Peer Advisor Hours - Fall 2017

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9:00-10:00am No Peer Kayla No Peer Kayla Caroline
10:00-11:00am No Peer Katie Tiffani Jenny Caroline
11:00am-12:00pm Kylie Katie Tiffani Jenny Kylie
12:00-1:00pm CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED
1:00-2:00pm Brandon Angeline Angeline Claire No Peer
2:00-3:00pm Brandon No Peer Nathan Claire Nathan
3:00-4:00pm No Peer No Peer No Peer No Peer CLOSED

Peer Advisor Bios:
 
Caroline Ba
Major(s)/Track/Minor: Integrative Biology-Track 2
Activities: Finance Vice President of Team HBV, Berkeley Engineers and Mentors (BEAM), Alpha Phi Omega, Labor Coach Program, Clinic Coordinator at LifeLong Ashby Health Center, Burma Association at Berkeley
Research: Assistant Lab Manager of Idiographic Dynamics Psych Lab: The broad goal of the ID lab is to understand psychopathology as a set of dynamic processes and explore the relationships between psychopathology and health by utilizing ambulatory, experimental, and epidemiological paradigms to understand the psychological and emotional correlates of physical morbidity.
Post Graduate Plans: Medical School
Major Courses Taken:IB 113L, IB 131/L, IB 169, MCB 102
 

Hello Bears! I’m Caroline, a fourth-year Integrative Biology and Psychology double-major and pre-medical student. I was born in San Francisco (yay Bay Area!), but I grew up in Brooklyn, NY and later on in Fresno, CA. I enjoy exploring new places, trying out different ice cream shops, painting and doodling, baking, and cardio kickboxing! I also really love cats and dogs. I’ve managed to survive the undergrad life at Cal so far, so please feel free to ask me anything about the IB major, life as a pre-med, research opportunities, extracurriculars, etc. I’d be more than happy to chat and help you out!


Tiffani Kuo
Major(s): Integrative Biology-Track 2
Activities: American Medical Student Association, IM Volleyball
Research: Christopher J. Chang, Department of Chemistry: Creating a tissue - specific CTR1 deletion in mice to study the role of CTR1 in the Locus Coeruleus
Post Graduate Plans: Medical School
Major Courses Taken: IB 141, IB C176L, MCB 102
 

Hi! My name is Tiffani and I am a 4th year Integrative Biology Major from San Jose, California. My path towards pursing a career in medicine was initially peppered with uncertainties, but the guidance provided by my professors and my interest in lower division science materials have really helped me navigate my way. My experience working in my current lab has also provided me with numerous opportunities to work with animals, which has sparked my passion in learning about anatomy and physiology. Outside of school, I enjoy trying out new boba and dessert places, playing volleyball, and hanging out with friends. I look forward to meeting you and helping you out!


Kayla Maanum
Major(s): Integrative Biology-Track 2
Activities: Kappa Gamma Delta
Research: I work in the Feller Lab in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology. I assist in research investigating the role of retinal wave activity in the development of neural circuits.
Post Graduate Plans: Medical School
Major Courses Taken:
 

Hi, I'm Kayla! I'm a junior here at Cal, and I hail from Redondo Beach in sunny Southern California. Besides studying biology and advising my peers, I spend my free time reading (science and historical non-fiction, mostly), bouldering, and Face-timing my Shiba Inu puppy.


Katie Neff
Major(s): Integrative Biology-Track 2
Activities: Global Medical Training, UCSF Down Syndrome Clinic Volunteer, BUILD Literacy Mentor, Bio 1B UGSI, IM Volleyball
Research: Golden Bear Sleep and Mood Research Clinic (Dr. Harvey, Psychology department): I have held various roles in the lab working on a Teen Sleep Improvement study.
Post Graduate Plans: Medical School
Major Courses Taken: IB 131, IB 140, MCB 102
 

Hi! My name is Katie and I'm a fourth year Integrative Biology major. I was born here in Berkeley and grew up in Castro Valley, about thirty minutes away. One of my favorite experiences at Cal so far was volunteering with GMT in medical clinics in the Dominican Republic. Outside of school, I like going to concerts, hiking, and spending time with friends and family. Feel free to ask me about scheduling, being pre-med, choosing IB, volunteering abroad, or anything else!


Claire Watry
Major(s)/Track/Minor:Integrative Biology-Track 2; Spanish and Disability Studies minors
Activities: Spectrum: Autism at Cal, Coffee Break en Español, IM Sports, Paws N Claws, UCSF Down Syndrome Clinic
Post Graduate Plans: Pediatric Occupational Therapy or Physical Therapy
Major Courses Taken: IB 131/L, Stats 131A, MCB 102, Conservation Biology (Study Abroad)
 

Hello everyone! My name is Claire, and I am a fourth-year Integrative Biology from San Rafael, California. I am a third-generation Cal student (both my grandparents, my mom, and her two sisters went to UC Berkeley) so I have a lot of Cal spirit! I began my undergraduate journey in the College of Natural Resources and explored a variety of biology-related major options before switching into L&S and declaring IB. Over the summer before my third year, I studied Conservation Biology and Latin American Cinema in Costa Rica, and I cannot recommend the studying abroad experience enough! Outside of school, I enjoy playing with dogs at the animal shelter, baking cupcakes with my roommate, and playing soccer. In the future, I hope to have a career working with children with special needs. If you have any questions about schedule planning, minoring, or studying abroad, please stop by to chat!


Nathan Shin
Major(s)/Track/Minor:Integrative Biology-Track 2
Research: I'm an undergraduate researcher in the Ames Lab at Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute, which focuses on nutritional science and metabolism benefits through experimentation on gut cells using malate.
Post Graduate Plans: Medical School
Major Courses Taken: IB 117, MCB 102
 

Hey I'm Nathan! I'm a third year and I can't wait for you to see why IB is one of the best choices you can make in your college career. I was born in LA, moved to Korea, came back to San Francisco, then made it down to Diamond Bar, where I've been living for about 10 years. I just finished traveling all over Europe for the International Summer Physics program, so if that sounds interesting hit me up! I enjoy playing intramural team basketball, participating in games with my roommates, watching bboy videos, and creating puns. Please do not hesitate to ask me any questions about pre-med, volunteering, research, study abroad, or anything else that is on your mind!


Kaylynn Conant
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Hi all! My name is Kaylynn and I am a 3rd year pre-medical student majoring in Integrative Biology and minoring in Disability Studies. I was born in China and raised in the sunny city of Fresno, California. I love traveling, going on adventures, ice cream, spending time with my friends and family, and trying new things. Growing up, I was always involved in various sports and community service activities. The best decision I have made during my college career so far is rushing Phi Delta Epsilon Premedical Fraternity during my Freshman year. I hope to spread my optimism and enthusiasm to others! I am happy to help and answer any questions about being premed, researching, volunteering, majoring in IB, and anything else that I am involved in. Please do not hesitate to stop by!


Marina Tawadros
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Hello fellow Bears! My name is Marina and I’m so excited that I’m going to be your peer advisor this year. I’m currently a 4th year majoring in the second track of Integrative Biology. I was born and grew up in Egypt and moved here right after high school when I was 18 years old. I spent two years in the community college before transferring to UC Berkeley. I am really interested in neurobiology, even when I shadowed a pathologist my favorite part was looking at the brain of a patient who needed biopsy. I also love photography A LOT, I take pictures of everything and I love candid pictures more than anything, I’ve been a Girl Scout for more than 13 years, and I am currently a Girl Scouts leader. I love volunteering at church especially when it involves outdoor activities with the youth. My extracurricular activities are so important to me; they’re my way to wash away the stress and they do not eat my time if everything goes according to my weekly schedule. Feel free to come and ask me about Integrative biology and anything you might think I can help with.


Kylie Tuitavuki
Major(s)/Track/Minor: Integrative Biology-Track 1; Anthropology
Activities: Health Worker Program, Pacific Islanders at Cal, Rally Committee, Biosciences Graduate Student Division, Golden Bear Orientation, and the Oceanic Archaeology Lab at the Archaeological Research Facility
Research: I do Archaeological Research in the Oceanic Archaeology Lab of Patrick Kirch. We are in the process of doing soil sample analyses from ancient commoner household complexes from Nu'u, Hawaii.
Post Graduate Plans: After graduation I am planning on taking a few gap years to hopefully do work with the Peace Corps. I'm still deciding between attending medical school or getting my PhD in medical anthropology but am leaning towards doing an MD/PhD Program and incorporating both medicine and archaeology.
Major Courses Taken: IB C185L, MCB 102
 

Hey Y'all! My name is Kylie Tuitavuki and I am a current fourth year IB and Anthropology double major. I've been working in the IB/MCB UAO for the past three years and I'm super excited to be working as a peer advisor my final year at Cal! I am originally from California's Central Valley but have fallen in love with everything the Bay Area has to offer.

I currently work as a coordinator for the Health Worker Program offered through the Tang Center and do archaeology research in the Oceanic Archaeology Lab in the ARF next to Boalt. I love spending time outdoors, listening to acoustic music, swimming, singing, and trying new ice cream flavors. If you have any questions about picking classes, double majoring, or finding different research opportunities, please don't hesitate to stop by the office!


Angeline Nguyen
Major(s)/Track/Minor: Integrative Biology-Track 2; English minor
Research: Sul Lab under the Department of Nutritional Sciences & Toxicology: I study transcription factors that promote the formation of brown adipose tissue (BAT), which is a possible target for the treatment and/or prevention of obesity.
Post Graduate Plans: Medical School
Major Courses Taken: IB 131/L, IB 140, IB C143B, MCB 102, PH 141
 

Hello~ My name is Angeline and I'm a fourth-year Integrative Biology major and English minor. Born in the OC and raised in Irvine, California, I've learned to adapt to the NorCal cold weather through these past three years at UC Berkeley. I'm interested in studying human reproduction, metabolism, and endocrinology. My guilty pleasure is watching pimple popping videos and wisdom teeth removals. When I'm not in class or out volunteering, you can find me in Morrison Library devouring the latest young adult (YA) fantasy novel. I'm also a self-proclaimed boba addict and I love to bake cookies. Come to the Undergraduate Affairs Office (UAO) if you have any questions about what classes to take, the IB major, being premed, research, or life at Cal in general!


Brandon Weiss
Major(s)/Track/Minor: Integrative Biology-Track 1
Research: Former: UCMP, Full Lab
Post Graduate Plans: Veterinary School
Major Courses Taken: IB 148, MCB 102, MCB C112
 

Hi there! My name's Brandon and I'm a fourth year IB - Track 1 major. I'm also an aspiring veterinarian so I'm always down to chat about animals! I wasn't always so passionate about veterinary medicine, though. Like many Cal students, the difficulty of the classes here really discouraged me at times, but I found the right help to get back on track. Outside of school and extracurriculars, I love to hike, explore new places to eat/shop, and learn more about the amazing world that surrounds us. I can't wait to meet you all, so come swing by and let's chat!


Jenny Xiao
Major(s)/Track/Minor: Integrative Biology-Track 2
Activities: Chemistry Teacher Scholars Program, WonderWorks, Sage Mentoring, Volunteer at Laguna Honda Hospital
Research: Former: Levi Vision Science Lab at the Berkeley School of Optometry
Post Graduate Plans: Medical School
Major Courses Taken: IB 131/L, IB C144, IB 161, MCB 102
 

Hi everyone! My name is Jenny and I am a fourth year IB major. I was born and raised in San Francisco so I can definitely give you recommendations on where to go and what to eat in the city. I started off college super interested in optometry, but decided to switch to medicine during my junior year. As a first generation college student, I did not know how to prepare for grad school or what opportunities existed outside of the classroom. I found that the best resource was just talking to my peers! During my college career so far, I’ve been involved with research and have also studied abroad in England. If you have any pre-health questions (e.g. shadowing doctors, getting exposure in a certain field, etc.), feel free to stop by and talk to me!


IB Peer Advising Application

 

How can I become an IB Peer Advisor?

Download and submit a copy of the 2017-2018 IB Peer Application. Applications are due to 3060 VLSB by 3pm on March 17, 2017.

What we look for in an IB Peer Advisor:

Beyond a passion for the IB major and an interest in helping your fellow students, we look for people who are unique, both academically and as a person. Things that can help make an outstanding peer advisor include, but are not limited to: research experience, participation in the honors program, overcoming personal and/or academic adversity, tutoring, participation in clubs on campus, or the transfer student experience. Ultimately, what we want to see on your application is what makes you stand out as a student AND as a person!

Requirements at time of application:

  1. Be declared in Integrative Biology at the time of application, or be eligible to declare by the following fall semester.
  2. Have completed at least one semester at Cal.
  3. Able to work at least 2 shifts (1 hour each) and attend one 1-hour meeting per week.
  4. Willing to commit to working as a peer advisor for at least two semesters.

* Please note that peer advisor positions are unpaid. IB peer advisors can volunteer or earn academic credit for their work.