Peer Advisors

The 2016-2017 BASC Peer Advisors

The BASC peer advisors are currently enrolled students in one of the College of Biological Sciences (CBS) Majors.

They can help students with questions regarding

  • courses and scheduling
  • filling out petitions
  • general education requirements
  • getting involved on-campus
  • on-campus resources

During the academic year, Peer Advisors are available daily for drop-in advising at the Biology Academic Success Center, located at 1023 Sciences Lab Building.  They are also available to meet with students in the Academic Advising Centers in the Residence Halls for drop-in advising.  Each quarter, the BASC Peer Advisors also conduct informational presentations in the Residence Halls.

In addition to helping students in person, the BASC Peer Advisors are also blog authors. You can view and follow the Student to Student blog, which will feature blog posts written by the BASC peers. Periodically, it will be updated with information such as how to access campus resources, how to manage time and stress, study tips and how to understand your degree requirements from a student perspective.

Meet the BASC Peer Advisors

The BASC Peer Advisors represent a variety of different CBS majors, have a wide range of personal and professional interests, and are all trained to answer your academic questions. Come by and meet them!

Amanda Dao

Amanda is a 4th year Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior major with a minor in Art History. She is involved in Camp Adventure and is an intern in the Brain, Mind, and Behavior Unit at UC Davis. In the future, she hopes to enter the medical field and work with the military. She enjoys swimming and hiking.

Christina Duong

Christina is a 3rd-year Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior major. She is so excited to work with continuing students and help in any way that she can. As a third year, she is involved with the Willow Clinic, the Campus Rotaract Club of Davis, and Alzheimer's Buddies. She loves dedicating her time to community service and academics, but during her free time, she enjoys baking and playing board games with friends. 

Katie Galsterer

Katie is a 4th year Biopsychology major. Katie formerly studied Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior and spent her first 3 years in CBS. She interns at the UCD Medical Center and is the co-director of Vision Dance Troupe. Katie is passionate about working with kids and families and aspires to be a pediatrician or obstetrician. In her free time, she loves to ice skate, hike, and discover new restaurants in Davis.

Linya Hu

Linya is a 3rd-year Genetics and Genomics major. She is a translating patient advocate in Paul Hom Asian Clinic and is involved in fish biodiversity research that studies teleost fish morphology. She hopes to go to medical school after graduation and is interested in women’s health. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, hanging out with friends, cooking and baking.

Rufa Pazyuk

Rufa is a 5th year Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior and Religious Studies double major. She is involved in Willow Clinic and a member of Slavic Association of Ambitious Youth (SAAY). Her goal after graduation is to go to medical school. Rufa advises her fellow students to study hard, stay positive, have fun, and make life long memories at Davis!

Anais Stepanian

Anais is a third-year Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior major. She loves kids, Disney, medicine, and science. She is co-manager of the Willow Clinic, which serves the homeless population of Sacramento. She also dresses up as Jasmine and Moana with Princess Pals at UC Davis to volunteer at hospitals, orphanages, and schools. She has a huge sweet tooth and loves to watch cooking shows while she is eating.

Grant Tominaga

Grant is a 4th year Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior major with minors in Chicana/o Studies and Spanish. He is involved in Alzheimer’s Buddies, Pre-Med American Medical Student Association, studied abroad in México interning at government clinics and participated in the UC Davis Washington Program interning at the National Hispanic Medical Association. In the future, he hopes to pursue a Masters in Public Health and MD where he aspires to become a primary care physician working with underserved populations. In his free time, he enjoys running, traveling and supporting his favorite Bay Area sports teams.

Justin Waskowiak

Justin is a 3rd-year Evolution, Ecology, and Biodiversity major. Justin is an undergraduate research assistant on a Teleost fish evolution project in the Wainwright lab. He has a strong interest in research and plans on pursuing graduate school after graduation. In his free time, Justin enjoys hiking, camping, and raising and breeding snakes.