Peer Advising


The STEM Hub peer advisers are available to offer you support throughout your academic career at UC Santa Cruz. Peer Advisors are available to meet with you in the following ways:

**Due to the strike activity, we will be offering virtual support services until further notice starting on Monday, Nov. 14th. You can schedule an appointment to meet with a Peer Advisor via zoom.

  • In-person (drop-in or schedule an appointment) --> Currently unavailable at this time
  • Zoom (drop-in or schedule an appointment)
  • Google Chat
  • Email 

If you are interested in meeting with a STEM Hub peer advisor, feel free to drop in at the STEM Hub inside S&E Library RM 214 or schedule an appointment here during our business hours ahead of time if you prefer to meet with a specific peer advisor. Peer advisors can support STEM students with the following topics:

  • Time management 
  • Support with navigating campus resources
  • Offer study tips and strategies
  • Develop a budget plan
  • EOP Programs & Services
  • The Transition to College
  • Extracurricular Activities

Lastly, peer advisers can help students with scheduling an appointment to meet with an EOP STEM Counselor. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions and we hope to see you soon! 

STEM Hub Peer Advising Hours: (Not available during Finals week for Fall 2022)

Monday - Thursday: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Friday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Want to schedule an appointment with a STEM Hub Peer Advisor?

Here’s how you can schedule an appointment with a STEM Hub Peer advisor:

  1. Fill out your information on this google form*

    • *Must be signed in with your UCSC email to access the form

  2. Choose a peer adviser you’d like to speak with

  3. Select a date and time you’d like to meet depending on their availability

After filling out the form, you will receive an email confirmation from with the details of your appointment.  

A google calendar invitation will be sent to you to mark the date of your appointment.

Note: Scheduling an appointment is optional.

Zoom Advising Hours: (Available via Drop in or by Appt.) -- Not available during finals

Monday - Thursday: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM   4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Friday: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM  |  2:30-4:30pm

Gmail Chat Hours: (Drop-in) -- Not available during finals

Monday - Thursday: 10:00 AM - 7:30 PM 

Friday: 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Email Contact:

    Miguel Tamayo (he/him/his)

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    5th year / Computer Engineering

    Hey! My name is Miguel Tamayo my pronouns are he/him/his and I'm from Los Angeles. I'm currently a senior studying Computer Engineering with the hope of working in the aerospace industry one day. I decided to become a peer adviser because I want to help students follow their dreams in the STEM field the same way I received guidance when I arrived at UCSC. STEM can be extremely challenging but not impossible to conquer. I support STEM students because I want to see other students realize that their potential is much more than what they believe it is. A fun fact about me is that I'm obsessed with space and anything that has to do with it!

  • Diana Jerez (she/her/hers)

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    4th year / Human Biology

    Hi, my name is Diana Jerez. My pronouns are she/her/hers, I am a Human Biology major from South Central, Los Angeles. My freshman year peer adviser helped me find a career path I’m interested in through personalized mentorship, words of encouragement, and unconditional support. I want to be that person for incoming students who may have trouble navigating the resources on campus and/or need someone to ask for advice. As I finalize my academic journey here at UCSC, I would like to dedicate my remaining time as an outlet for students who might be in the same position I found myself in as a first-gen Latina, from a low-income background in college. A fun fact about me is that I performed a skit on the Hamilton stage at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood in front of 2.5k people my junior year of high school.

  • Cayla Saucedo (she/her/hers)

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    2nd year / Human Biology

    Hello! :) My name is Cayla Gapusan and my pronouns are she/her/hers. I am originally from Stockton, California, and a current 2nd year as a proposed Human Biology major with hopes of working as a Physical Therapist. I am a peer adviser because during my first year I understood the struggles of navigating college on my own. Being in that position before I want to help those who are feeling the same and need guidance in continuing on the right track. One fun fact about me was that I was a previous member of Team USA for Karate!

  • Roberto Huezo (he/him/his)

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    3rd year / Global and Community Health with a concentration in Public and Community Health

    Hi! My name’s Roberto and my pronouns are he/him/his. I’m from Los Angeles and I’m a 3rd year Human Global and Community Health with a concentration in Public and Community Health. I’d like to be a resource for STEM students trying to navigate their majors and provide general support that students need. A fun fact about me is that I’ve swam with dolphins in the Bahamas!

  • Alejandra Barajas (she/her/hers)

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    2nd year / Biology

    Hi everyone! My name is Alejandra and I am from San Diego. I am a second year Biology major and I wanted to be a peer adviser because I wanted to provide help and advice to students, especially those who are first generation students who feel completely lost. I want to help introduce the opportunity of more people becoming involved and aware of what STEM can offer especially to those hesitant about taking the leap. A fun fact about myself is I have been to over 20 states!

  • Past Peer Advisers

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    Caitlyn Lodovico - 4th Year / MCD Biology Major and History Minor

    Hi everyone! My name is Caitlyn and I'm a STEM Hub Peer Adviser. I have moved all over the country and abroad (Japan & Philippines) for most of my life before moving to California. I am a Peer Adviser because I hope to use my experiences on campus to help incoming and current students navigate their way through UCSC and through pursuing STEM. I hope that as an adviser I can help give you the confidence and skills needed to pursue and achieve your goals, so feel free to contact me at any time! In my free time, I like to watch a lot of different TV shows, cooking/baking, and traveling.
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    Audrey Soo Hoo - 3rd Year/ MCD Biology

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    Daisy Brambila

    Hello! My name is Daisy Brambila and I am currently a second year double majoring in Human Biology and Anthropology on a Pre-Med track. My pronouns are She/Her/Hers and I am from Los Angeles, CA. A big reason why I wanted to become a peer adviser was to build relationships with my peers in STEM and to help students create new opportunities for themselves and their future careers. A fun fact about me is that I have danced folklorico for more than five years!
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    Anahi Munoz

    Hi, my name is Anahi Munoz, I am an incoming second year, and my pronouns are she/her. I am from San Jose and I am a proposed Human Biology major, with the hope of going into the healthcare field. I want to be a peer adviser in order to provide students with the tools they need to succeed and to have someone they can feel comfortable coming too with questions. A fun fact about me is that I started embroidery during quarantine and I have two pet birds who give me kisses.
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    Rolando Garcia

    My name is Rolando Garcia, my pronouns are He/Him/His, and I am a third year undergraduate student from South Central Los Angeles double majoring in Neuroscience and Psychology. I chose to become a peer adviser because I have been a strong admirer of EOP's mission to, "serve and support first-generation, low-income, and educationally disadvantaged students", and being a STEM Hub peer adviser gives me the privilege and opportunity to lend a helping hand to fellow students whom I can personally relate to and assist. Fun fact about myself... I'm just a Gemini who loves music, film, and sports.
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    Kim Ton

    Hi! I am Kimmy Ton. My pronouns are she/her/hers. I am from Fremont, CA. I am a TIM and CS major at the moment. I want to be a peer adviser as I needed a lot of help my first year at UCSC and having support made it easier to navigate my academic career. By being a peer adviser I am giving back to the same program that assisted me before. A fun fact about me is I have a hamster named Beanpaste.