Hanszen Peer Academic Advisors


The Peer Academic Advisors (PAAs) consist of your fellow Hanszenites who have been trained by the Office of Academic Advising (OAA) to help you choose classes, clarify academic rules and regulations, assist in finding research opportunities and study abroad information, and anything else academically related. In addition, the PAAs also facilitate a number of academic events at Hanszen, usually in the form of academic planning sessions, where Hanszenites come together and help each other choose classes for the next term. During O-Week, four Hanszen PAAs will be present to help the incoming students narrow down which courses they want to take and create their fall schedule. Once the school year starts, about twenty Hanszen PAAs will be available to answer questions about deadlines, registration, rules, and any other academic questions. They really are here to help you, so if you have any questions or just need solid academic advice, feel free to knock on their doors or send them an email. If they can't find an answer for you, they'll find someone who can.



Head PAAs:

O-Week PAAs:

Name Major(s)/Minor(s) Year Email
Akash Dhawan Bioengineering, pre-med 2019 asd3@
Valerie Du Chemistry, pre-med 2019 vxd1@
Michelle Nguyen Chemistry, Medical Humanities Minor, pre-med or pre-grad 2020 mmn9@
Name Major(s)/Minor(s) Year Email
Akash Dhawan Bioengineering, pre-med 2019 asd3@
Valerie Du Chemistry, pre-med 2019 vxd1@
Elliot Ballato Chemistry, Biochemistry and Cell Biology minor, pre-med, pre-grad 2020 esb6@
Whitney Jin Kinesiology, Biological Sciences & Medical Humanities minor, Pre-med 2021 wj11@

Year-long PAAs:

Name Major(s)/Minor(s) Year Email
Pat Breen Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Neuroscience minor, pre-med 2020 pwb3@
Vy Dang Chemistry, Biochemistry and Cell Biology minor, pre-med 2021 vcd1@
Karthik Goli Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Kinesiology, pre-med 2020 kg23@
Aakanksha Khadye Psychology, English 2021 ask10@
Courtney Klashman Computational and Applied Mathematics, English 2019 cek3@
Leya Mohsin Mathematical Economic Analysis, Policy Studies 2019 lrm6@
Q Tabarestani Chemistry, Spanish minor, pre-med 2020 tqt2@
Daniel Wang Social Policy Analysis, Biochemistry and Cell Biology minor, Medical Humanities minor, pre-med 2021 dw44@
Avery Whitaker Computer Science, Mathematics, Engineering Leadership Certificate 2019 ajw6@
Taylor Williams Cognitive Sciences, Linguistics, Business minor, pre-business 2019 trw7@
Alex Yang Computational and Applied Mathematics, Biochemistry and Cell Biology minor, Pre-med, Pre-grad 2020 aly2@

Athlete PAAs:

Name Major(s)/Minor(s) Year Email
Priya Niezgoda Economics, Policy Studies, Minor in Environmental Studies 2020 pn9@
Alexah Chrisman Kinesiology, Sports Medicine, Pre-med 2021 aac13@
Claire Therien Cognitive science, Business minor, Masters in accounting 2020 Cmt9@