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Undergraduate Peer Advising

Computer Science Peer Advising

Peer Advising is by Zoom for Spring 2021

Register for COMPUTER SCIENCE Peer Advising here

Click here to register for zoom advising (you must be logged in with your UMass account to access this form.)

If you are looking for an answer to a quick question, want to know more about what to expect in a course, want to find out about the process for changing your major into Computer Science or adding a CS Minor, see a CS peer advisor.  Our Peer Advisors are highly accomplished junior and senior CS majors, some of whom who are double majoring with CS. See bios below!

 Please note that all times are New York/Eastern Time Zone

Monday 10 AM - 6 PM       
Tuesday 12 PM - 4 PM      
Wednesday 10 AM - 6 PM       
Thursday 12 PM - 3 PM      
Friday 10 AM - 12 PM and 1 PM to 6 PM (no Peer Advisor from 12 -1 PM)      

Peer Advising begins the first day of classes, Monday, February 1, 2021.  Please note that we follow the UMass Academic Calendar; peer advising is only available on days that class is in session.

Informatics Peer Advising 


For questions about the major, the application process, choosing electives, identifying ways to get involved on campus, student organizations related to data science/informatics or general questions about informatics and study abroad, visit one of our fabulous Informatics Peer Advisors. Our peer advisors are accomplished Informatics juniors and seniors who hold drop-in hours during the regular semester.

 Please note that all times are New York/Eastern Time Zone 
Tuesday 10 AM - 12 PM
Wednesday  9 AM - 11 AM and 4 PM - 6 PM
Thursday 10 AM - 12 PM
Friday 4 PM - 6 PM


UMass students can use this Zoom link to access Informatics Peer Advisors (UMass sign-in required): 


There will be no peer advising on "Wellness Wednesdays" and peer advising will follow the university calendar (e.g. when a Wednesday schedule is followed, Wednesday hours will be followed) unless otherwise posted here. 

Please note that we follow the UMass Academic Calendar; peer advising is only available on days that class is in session. 






Hometown: Mumbai, India
Majors: Dual Degree in Computer Science and Computer Engineering
Favorite Course at UMass: NRC 120/121 Basic Scuba/Advanced Scuba
Internships/Research: I am currently working on my thesis on autonomous vehicles and machine learning. I have also worked as an advanced hardware research intern at Dell Technologies this past summer and a software engineering intern prior to that at the New York Stem Cell Research Foundation.
Co-Curricular Activities: I am a seeker for the UMass Quiddich Team!
Something I love about CICS/UMass Amherst: All of the available opportunities in AI/ML. I love the field and I love UMass's curriculum and the vast array of opportunities in it.
Advice for students: Network! College (especially UMass) is a great place to network and meet new people. Networking opens up new doors and presents opportunities that one never even though of.

Vignesh Ande


Hometown: Bangalore, India
Majors: Double Major: Computer Science and Mathematics
Favorite Course at UMass: PSYCH 100 Introduction to Psychology
Internships/Research: I worked under an UMass PhD mentor classifying and predicting random strings in cache files
Co-Curricular Activities: I am a part of BUILD UMass and the TEDx organisation team at UMass. I also enjoy playing basketball and photography.
Something I love about CICS/UMass Amherst: I love that everyone is very welcoming and they help you with any problems you have. They try to make you feel as comfortable as possible in the colege and always get back to any issues you have.
Advice for students: Start early! Whether that be studying or doing assignments or career-related work, always try to start early so that if you run into problems later, you will still have time to fix them.

Sahitya Raipura


Hometown: Bangalore, India
Majors/Minor: Double Major: Computer Science and Mathematics; Minor in Economics
Favorite Course at UMass: COMPSCI 320 Intro to Software Engineering
Internships/Research: My most recent internship team consisted of data scientists working on a product which automated resume screening using AI.
Co-Curricular Activities: I am a part of a pro bono student club, BUILD, which created websites, apps, and other technological solutions for start-ups and local businesses.
Something I love about CICS/UMass Amherst: The tough classes we have to complete together makes my connections with my CS friends/peers stronger.
Advice for students: In a document, create a table (one for each major) that contains your curriculum requirements with course name, course description, semester taken/taking. Have a tentative idea of what upper level electives you will be taking and have backups. This will make your life so much easier when it comes to looking at your academic progress and course selection.

Adam Lechowicz


Hometown: Bridgewater, MA
Majors: Double Major: Computer Science and Political Science
Favorite Course at UMass: Political Psychology
Internships/Research: Last winter I participated in CICS's URV program and had the opportunity to work on an adaptive sampling algorithm for mapping 2D scalar fields with high accuracy in minimum time and energy, using a Gaussian process.
Co-Curricular Activities: I am the Secretary of Technology for the Student Government Association, the Editor-in-Chief of UMass's revived yearbook, The Index, and I'm also involved with student activism on campus. In my free time, I love exploring Western Mass, hiking, and spending time with nature.
Something I love about CICS/UMass Amherst: I love CICS's mission statement "Computing for the Common Good," because it strongly aligns with my personal values and research interests in the context of CS and our broader society.
Advice for students: Get out of your comfort zone! Take courses and explore topics that you've never even thought about before. You'll be surprised how relevant they can become for your life as a computer scientist.

Nisarga Patil


Hometown: Mumbai, India
Majors: Double Major: Computer Science and Economics
Favorite Course at UMass: CICS 298A Leadership Practicum
Internships/Research: Collaborative research in graph theory (k-harmonious coloring) during the URV program at UMass
Co-Curricular Activities: Head of social media for Hack(H)er413 2021, organizing committee member at the inaugural conference Voices of Data Science at UMass 2021
Something I love about CICS/UMass Amherst: There are so many amazing opportunities and resources to get involved on campus. The CICS community is so warm and welcoming that I always felt like I belonged here, even as a first year international student.
Advice for students: You are not alone--most of your peers are feeling the same way and going through the same struggles. Just make sure you keep working toward your goals, and remember that it is never too late for anything. When things get overwhelming, give yourself enough time to de-stress. Don't hesitate to reach out if you need someone to talk to.

Duy Nguyen


Hometown: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Majors: Double Major: Computer Science and Mathematics
Favorite Course at UMass: CICS 446 Search Engines
Internships/Research: Digital Solutions intern at Staples, Inc.
Co-Curricular Activities: I am part of the Autism Speaks club and the Asian American Student Association. During my free time, I enjoy playing video games and tennis.
Something I love about CICS/UMass Amherst: I love the resources that are readily available for students. A student can receive help with their class schedule, homework, or even resume and interviews whenever possible, and this can greatly relieve the stress uring their college time.
Advice for students: There are a lot of areas that you can concentrate on in Computer Science such as software development, database management, or machine learning, and this can be overwhelming if you are not certain of your interests. This is okay as UMass offers a variety of courses during the 300-levels for students to explore so you can plan your schedule for classes that most interest you before deciding on your concentration.