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*Note: Advising assignments listed below are for non-first year SNS students. All first-year students are advised within the Bobcat Advising Center.

Erica Robbins, Director of Student Services & Pre-Health Advisor

E-mail: erobbins2@ucmerced.edu
Phone: (209) 228-2455     Fax: (209) 228-4060
Location: Science & Engineering Building Suite 270
Advisor to students majoring in:

  • NS Transfer Students
  • Students interested in Pre-health

My name is Erica Robbins, and I am your academic advisor! I am looking forward to working with you to help you accomplish your academic goals. I earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Fresno State University, and a master’s degree in Counseling from California State University, Northridge. I currently advise all transfer students in the School of Natural Sciences, as well as prehealth students from all majors. One of my favorite things about UC Merced is the commitment to students, and I love being able to help them reach their goals both inside and outside of the classroom. In my spare time, you’ll find me at Disneyland or at home baking sweet treats.

Jenn Souza, Academic Advisor & Pre-Health Advisor

E-mail: jsouza5@ucmerced.edu
Phone: (209) 228-2455     Fax: (209) 228-4060
Location: Science & Engineering Building Suite: 270
Advisor to students majoring and minoring in:

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Chemical Sciences
  • Earth Sytems Science (Effective Fall 2019: Environmental Systems Science)
  • Physics
  • Undeclared Natural Sciences
  • Students interested in Pre-health

Hello, my name is Jenn Souza, and I am your academic advisor! I am looking forward to working with you to help you accomplish your academic goals. I earned my associate's degree from Merced College before transferring to California State University, Stanislaus, where I earned my bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in School Counseling. I advise students in the Chemistry, Physics, Applied Mathematical Sciences and Earth Systems Science majors, all School of Natural Sciences minors, and pre-health students. One of my favorite things about UC Merced is how proud everyone is to be part of the campus, and their commitment to student success. When not at work, I am a huge fan of “nerdy” culture, and attend Comic-Con in San Diego every year.

"Believe in yourself, even when no one else will."-Sasquatch

 

Sierra Long, Academic Advisor & Career Support Coordinator

E-mail: slong3@ucmerced.edu
Phone: (209) 228-2455 Fax: (209) 228-4060
Location: Science & Engineering Building Suite: 270
Advisor to students majoring in:

  • Biological Sciences (Last name A-G)

Sierra Long grew up in Yosemite National Park. She is an alumna of UC Merced, where she earned her Bachelor of Art in U.S. History. Sierra continued her education at Fresno State and earned her Master of Art in Education, with a concentration in Higher Education, Administration, and Leadership.

“The college experience is so much more than just a collection of courses that amount to a degree—it is made up of experiences that shape who you are and how you view the world. What I love about my job as an academic advisor is that I am able to be there alongside my students, as their cheerleader, their advocate, and a listening ear, as they navigate these experiences.”

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” Eleanor Roosevelt

 

José Martínez, Academic Advisor & Living Learning Community Lead

E-mail: jmartinez343@ucmerced.edu
Phone: (209) 228-2455     Fax: (209) 228-4060
Location: Science & Engineering Building Suite: 270
Advisor to students majoring in:

  • Biological Sciences (Last name H-O)

José Martínez grew up in Pacoima in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles. He attended the University of California, Berkeley where he created his own major and earned a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies. José is currently completing his Masters Degree in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies: Higher Education Administration through Boston University’s online program.

“College is a time of self-discovery, but with this opportunity come many challenges. I love this campus and this work because I can support students in one of the most critical times of growth and development of their lives. I hope to provide a space where people can ask questions, make mistakes, and grow more than they ever thought they could.”

“’Why do we have to listen to our hearts?’ the boy asked. ‘Because, wherever your heart is, that is where you will find your treasure.’” – Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

 

Maricela Melendrez, Academic Advisor & Student Transition Coordinator

E-mail: mmelendrez2@ucmerced.edu
Phone: (209) 228-2455     Fax: (209) 228-4060
Location: Science & Engineering Building Suite: 270
Advisor to students majoring in:

  • Biological Sciences (Last name P-Z)

My name is Maricela Melendrez, and I advise Biological Sciences majors! I am a proud UC Merced alumna; I graduated in 2011 with a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Cognitive Science. I then pursued my master's degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at CSU Sacramento. UC Merced is the first research university of the 21st century, and our students have the ability to create new experiences and pave the way for future students. In my spare time, I like to spend time with my family and friends, and my two cats, Sammy and Mia.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”—Nelson Mandela