Faculty Recruiting Support CICS

Undergraduate Peer Advising - FALL 2021

Computer Science Peer Advising

Drop-in PEER ADVISING is in The LGRC (Lederle Low RISE) Room A243

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 10:30 AM - 4 PM (no advisor from 2 -2:30 PM)      
Tuesday 10 AM - 5 PM (no advisor from 12 - 12:30 PM)      
Wednesday 11 AM - 1PM and 3 PM - 5 PM      
Thursday 10 AM - 2:30 PM      
Friday 11 AM to 3 PM      

Peer Advising begins the first day of classes, Wednesday, September 1.  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 

Please note that we follow the UMass Academic Calendar; peer advising is only available on days that class is in session. There will be no peer advising on university holidays 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. 




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.

Bev Brion


Hometown: Ashland, MA
Majors/Minor: Computer Science and Mathematics; Concentration in Psychology; Minor in Chemistry
Favorite Course at UMass: Psych 330
Internships/Research: This past summer I was able to intern at a biotechnology company where I was able to work with the company’s data and website. I was also able to learn about the company's projects in their upstream and downstream labs.
Co-Curricular Activities: I am part of iCons, where students are able to work with real world situations and work in interdisciplinary teams. Some case studies I was able to work on include the effects of microplastics on plant growth and the use of nanoparticle treatments for C. difficile. I am also a part of UMass Club Swim, Sigma Psi Zeta (an Asian-interest sorority), and am a lifeguard on campus.
Something I love about CICS/UMass Amherst: There’s always somewhere to go if you have any questions. Whether it’s fellow students or faculty, I love that everyone here supports each other.
Advice for students: Put everything you have to do in your calendar! College can feel overwhelming at times with all the assignments and due dates from different classes. It's nice to see what you have to do listed in front of you. This helps you stay organized and plan accordingly so you don't miss anything.

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.

SAI ROHAN BANGARI (Bio coming soon!)