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Get in touch with our team of academic advisors! We are more than happy to meet with you and provide you with the tools to help you succeed during your time at UC San Diego!


Location: York Hall 4010
Hours: 8:30am-12pm & 1pm-4pm
Phone: (858) 534-4856
IG:  @ucsd_chembiochem_advising
Submit your questions: Virtual Advising Center
Events & Opportunities: Chem Blog


We offer drop-in hours, appointments, and VAC counseling to all of our continuing students.

  • Van Lee

    Van Lee

    Undergraduate Affairs Manager

    Van received a B.S. in Business Administration from Cal State Fullerton and an M.S. in Counseling and Student Development from Northeastern University. She has over 15 years of experience in Higher Education, with a strong background in academic advising, and has worked with a diverse population of students and programs. Before joining the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, she worked in the Division of Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs for 6 years. Prior to UC San Diego, she served in advising roles at The New School, Bentley University, and Northeastern University. Van enjoys advocating for students and supporting them in achieving their academic goals. Some of her other favorite things include music, sports, traveling, and outrigger canoeing.

  • Katie Schmaltz

    Katie Schmaltz

    Undergraduate Advisor

    Katie graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University in 2006 with a B.S. in Industrial Organizational Psychology. Upon graduation, she began taking night classes to further pursue her interests in chemistry and biology with the intention of finding a job to fuse her passions for learning and helping others. As a first generation graduate who changed her major several times and had little to no guidance, she feels highly invested in working with undergraduates to help them explore their interests and take full advantage of their time at UCSD. She understands how large and overwhelming campus can seem and wants students to know that she is here to help guide them and advocate for them when needed. While not in the office, she loves boxing, surfing, learning languages and traveling the world with her kids and husband.

  • Vanessa Redondo

    Vanessa Redondo

    Undergraduate Advisor and Coordinator

    Vanessa is a UCSD alumna and got her B.S. in Environmental Chemistry. She has a background in advising UCSD students as well as experience in participating in on-campus organizations and labs at UCSD. As a first generation college student, she is excited about serving and connecting with students like herself and helping them through their journey to graduation. She is especially passionate about advocating for underrepresented students and bringing sustainability into the workplace. In her free time, Vanessa enjoys sewing her own clothes, rooting for the San Diego Padres, and tending to her small jungle of houseplants.

  • Hale Daigle

    Hale Daigle

    Undergraduate Advisor and Intake Coordinator

    Hale graduated in May 2017 from the University of Northern Colorado with a B.A. in Spanish. She first became a Triton that same year, studying for her Latin American Studies M.A., which she received in 2019. She was a Teaching Assistant for Sixth College's CAT writing program from 2017-2020. The experiences she had forming connections with students and having a critical role in their success and growth inspired her to pursue Student Affairs as a lifelong career. She returned to her alma mater of the University of Northern Colorado to receive her second M.A. in Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership, which she received May 2022. Hale loves being a reliable point of contact for students and is particularly passionate about easing them through the often scary and overwhelming times of transition that college presents. When she is not hard at work answering student concerns, she loves reading on San Diego's beautiful beaches, walking in Balboa park, practicing piano, lifting weights, and playing video games.

  • Rashma Saini

    Rashma Saini

    Undergraduate Intake Advisor

    Rashma is a UC San Diego alumna, she received her B.S. in Developmental Psychology and a minor in Urban Studies and Planning. She has experience in peer mentoring, student council, study abroad, and student activities programming. Rashma is passionate about mental health and is very excited to form meaningful connections with students that help promote their academic and personal success. Outside of UCSD, you can find Rashma south of the border enjoying some freshly made chilaquiles and unhealthy amounts of cafe de olla, she enjoys going to the movies, and solving jigsaw puzzles.

  • Avian Collins

    Avian Collins

    Student Affairs Student Assistant