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Your Best Resources for Undergraduate Advising

Staff Advisors

The departmental staff advisors are the best resource for detailed advising, questions about curriculum requirements, referrals, and annual mandatory advising. Staff advisors can be seen on a drop-in or appointment basis.

Appointments can be made by visiting appointments.ucdavis.edu. If you are unable to schedule an appointment, please email mse-advising@ucdavis.edu. Please note non-majors will not be able to make an appointment through the appointment system, please email for an appointment.

Drop-In Advising
If you have timely questions or cannot schedule an appointment through the appointment system, please email mse-advising@ucdavis.edu.

About the Advisors

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Maria Arellano
Student Services Advisor
3001B Ghausi Hall

Maria was born in Mexico and her family immigrated when she was very young. She grew up in the tiny town of Tulelake in Northern California. Maria is a first-generation college student and proud alumna of UC Davis. She graduated with a double major in International Relations with an emphasis on peace and security and Spanish. Maria is passionate about assisting students in their pursuit, transition, and journey through UC Davis and to provide them with the tools and resources to start and continue their education and careers. Fun fact: Maria traveled to Washington, D.C. in the summer of 2011.

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Sara Sweeney

Sara Sweeney
Undergraduate Program Coordinator
3045 Ghausi Hall

Sara was born in Texas and grew up in San Diego, California. Sara came north to attend UC Davis where she received a B.S in Anthropology. She has worked as an undergraduate student advisor at UCD in a variety of roles since 2006. Sara loves working with undergraduate students from the first year through graduation and all that that entails. Fun fact: Sara and family adopted a German Shepherd named Pepper during quarantine.


Ryan Gorsiski
Student Services Manger & Graduate Programs Coordinator 
3049 Ghausi Hall

Ryan was born in Petaluma, California and raised in towns around the Bay Area. He is a proud alumni of Sacramento State after transferring from Santa Rosa Junior College. He graduated with a B.S. in Criminal Justice and then with an M.A. in Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies. He previously worked as an advisor at Sacramento State’s College of Engineering and Computer Science and as the Undergraduate Programs Coordinator for the Chemical Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering Departments at UC Davis. Ryan is passionate to work with Engineering students by providing them with the tools and resources for self-discovery and pursue of their degree. Fun Fact: Ryan owns a one-eyed cat named Odin.