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

Meet with a peer advisor:

Llily will be our department health worker for Spring 2022. Make an appointment for Thursdays, 12-1 PM.


Peer Advisor Hours - Spring 2022

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9:00-10:00am Alyssa   Alyssa Alyssa  
10:00-11:00am Susannah        
11:00am-12:00pm Susannah Susannah      
12:00-1:00pm CLOSED
2:00-3:00pm   Elizabeth      
3:00-4:00pm     Elizabeth   CLOSED
4:00-5:00pm Khaled        
5:00-6:00pm Khaled Elizabeth Khaled    

Peer Advisor Bios:
Major(s)/Emphasis/Minor: Integrative Biology-Emphasis 1, English, Global Public Health minor
Research: Caldwell Lab, IB: Researching the behavior and development of marine invertebrates, primarily stomatopods (mantis shrimp) and Octopus chierchia (pygmy octopuses).
I'll also be writing an honors thesis through the English department this year, hopefully on how representations of infectious disease in American literature reflect the cultural dynamics of urban communities!
Post Graduate Plans: Teaching and hopefully veterinary school later on
Major Courses Taken: IB 104LF, IB 131, IB 131L, IB 148, IB 164, MCB 102, PH 142, PH 162A

Hi, my name is Alyssa! I'm a fourth year IB and English double major with a minor in Global Public Health, and I grew up in a small town tucked between Sacramento and Stockton. I chose IB because I love the flexibility it gives me to explore all of the broader themes of biology that I'm interested in. Even though my emphasis is Integrative Human Biology, I love learning about how these broader themes apply to all animals, and I hope to attend vet school after taking a gap year or two! Outside of academics, I love to read, teach kids about science, volunteer with animals, and march the tenor saxophone in Cal Band. Please feel free to come chat about choosing classes, surviving a busy schedule, pre-vet requirements, double majoring in the humanities, or just life in general. I look forward to meeting you!

Major(s)/Emphasis/Minor: Integrative Biology-Emphasis 1, Journalism minor
Research: Previously part of ULAB Health Sciences
Post Graduate Plans: Graduate School, research, and writing
Major Courses Taken: IB C105, IB 160

Hello! I'm Khaled, and I'm a third-year student majoring in IB and minoring in journalism. I'm from Tabuk, Saudi Arabia. My passions include biology, art, writing, and more. I chose to pursue IB because it allows me to explore and learn about biology through different fields. Don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions about Cal, navigating academics, or anything in between!

Major(s)/Emphasis/Minor: Integrative Biology-Emphasis 2, Public Health
Research: Jen-Chywan "Wally" Wang's Lab (NST): focuses on how glucocorticoid signaling can affect metabolism and lead to insulin resistance and other disorders
Barton Lab (MCB): study the evolution of self/non-self discrimination strategies within the innate immune system.
Post Graduate Plans: Medical School
Major Courses Taken: IB 117, IB 117LF, IB 140, MCB 102, PH 142

Hi! My name is Elizabeth, and I am a third year double majoring in Integrative Biology and Public Health. I chose IB because of how holistic it is, how I can easily apply what I learn in class to the world around me, and how there were so many classes that I was interested in taking! I also chose public health so that I could understand how the environment and policies affect people's health. I was born and raised in the Bay Area. In my free time, I love hanging out with my friends and family, bonding with peers through dance, and exploring new places around Berkeley. Please feel free to stop by to talk about volunteering, pre-health fraternities, working in a clinic, or if you just want to chat! I'm excited to meet you!

Major(s)/Emphasis/Minor: Integrative Biology-Emphasis 2
Research: Torn Lab (LBNL): Study the effects of climate change and other anthropogenic influences on vegetative land cover and the terrestrial carbon cycle.
Post Graduate Plans: Medical School
Major Courses Taken: IB 114, IB 116L, IB 132/L, IB C156, PH 142

Hi everyone! My name is Susannah, and I'm a fourth year majoring in Integrative Biology with a minor in Disability Studies. I chose the IB major because I'm interested in systems-based biology, and I really enjoy the wide range of courses from evolution to medical sciences that are offered in this major. Outside of academics, I love playing the piano and guitar, making Spotify playlists, taking care of my plants, perfecting my chai latte recipe, and journaling! Please feel free to come chat with me about being pre-med, pursuing a minor, shadowing, choosing classes, or absolutely anything else! I look forward to meeting you and hearing your questions, rants, and stories!

Maya (Health Worker)
Pronouns: She/her/hers
Major: Integrative Biology-Emphasis 1

My Role as Health Worker:
Health Workers are non-judgemental peers who support people of different backgrounds for a range of health issues by empathizing with their complex challenges as a safe, private resource. This semester I'll be posting weekly funky and informative tips, acting as a liaison between students in MCB/IB and the Tang Center, and helping by providing specific resources to effectively resolve issues!

IB Peer Advising Application

How can I become an IB Peer Advisor?

The application to be a peer advisor for the 2021-2022 school year has closed. You can also talk to staff advisors Zac or Octavio for more information on joining the program.

Information for 2021-2022 Applications

The application for 2021-2022 has closed. You can review our info session from March 31 on YouTube and review the slides with common questions of current peers. Mandatory weekly meetings will be Thursdays 10-11am during Fall 2021.

Application Timeline

April 23 Applications Due
May 3 Interview Week
May 14 Notifications Sent
May 21 Deadline to Accept
August 24 All Day Training

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 three 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 earn academic credit for their work.