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Academic Advising Overview

Academic Advising is an opportunity for you to engage with faculty and staff in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB) Department and to assist in identifying academic goals, developing educational plans, and maximizing your educational experience. If you have an assigned adviser, please check the specific instructions for making an appointment with that person below. If you do not have an assigned adviser or are interested in speaking with a BMB advisor about changing majors or minoring in one of our programs, please call 814-863-5487 to schedule an appointment.

Meet Our Advisors

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Gregory Bourssard
Assigned Advisor,
Assistant Teaching Professor
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Loida Escote-Carlson
Biotechnology IUG
Program Advisor,
Teaching Professor
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Meredith Defelice
Assigned Advisor,
Teaching Professor
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James Howell
Assigned Advisor,
Associate Teaching Professor
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Jennifer Keefer
Program Advisor
Honors Advisor
1st & 2nd year students
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Amber Miller
Assigned Advisor,
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Beatrice Sirakaya
Assigned Advisor,
Assistant Teaching Professor,
Eberly College of Science Liaison to the Entrepreneurship & Innovation (ENTI) minor, Director Bio-Tech Cluster
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Ola Sodeinde
Assigned Advisor,
Teaching Professor

Advising Appointments

All appointments with Jenn Keefer and Amber Miller for Fall 2021will be conducted via Zoom and can be scheduled via Starfish.  If you are not one of Ms. Keefer or Ms. Miller’s assigned advisees and would like to schedule an appointment with one of them, please call #814-863-5487.

Virtual Add/Drop Week Walk-in Hours:

Add/Drop week virtual same-day walk-in appointments are brief 15-minute appointments intended to help students with scheduling questions and add/drop issues.  A longer scheduled appointment should be made for course planning, letter requests, change-of-major, and other specific issues.

Please check-in for all appointments in Ms. Keefer or Ms. Miller’s Zoom room and they will be with you as soon as they can.

Jenn’s Add/Drop Week Hours: 

  • Monday 9:00 - 11:30 AM & 1:30 – 4:00 PM
  • Tuesday 9:00 – 11:30 AM & 1:30 – 4:00 PM
  • Wednesday 9:00 – 11:30 AM & 1:30 – 4:00 PM
  • Thursday 9:00 – 10:00 AM & 2:45 PM – 4:30 PM
  • Friday 9:00 – 11:30 AM & 1:30 – 4:00 PM

Ms. Keefer is available to see any student.

Amber’s Add/Drop Week Hours: 

  • Monday 1:00 – 4:30 PM
  • Tuesday 1:30 – 4:30 PM
  • Thursday 1:30 – 4:30 PM

Ms. Miller is available to see students that are on her advising roster.

Honors Advising

In addition to an assigned BMB faculty adviser, first and second year students can also meet with Ms. Jennifer Keefer to discuss degree requirements, Schreyer plans, course selection, and other general advising topics.  Please call 814-863-5487 to schedule an appointment with Jenn.

In addition, if you have questions about department specific forms or deadlines for the honors program, please see the honors section of our webpage.

Pre-Health Advising

Students interested in health professions are encouraged to reach out to the pre-health advisers in the Science Advising Center. 

Student Petitions

Petition requests for common petitions (ie move 3 for general education) can be entered though our online petition form.  Requests to substitute non-BMB independent research credits in place of BMB 496 can be entered through this form. For any other petition requests, please attend walk-in advising or call 814-863-5487 to schedule an appointment to discuss your petition request.

Student Resources

The University has a number of resources to help students be successful in their academic and professional pursuits.

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