Data Science Advising

Advising over Winter Break

Due to unanticipated building repairs, the advising offices in Evans Hall may be closed through Friday, January 17, 2020. During this time, limited online advising services may be available:

  • Schedule an online Google Hangouts advising appointment through CalCentral. Be sure to choose Google Hangouts Advising as both the appointment Type and appointment Reason. Appointments are available to book one week in advance.
  • If you have a question specific to your situation, email us at (Please do not email multiple advisors with the same question.)
  • Post general questions to the Data 001 Piazza.

We hope that regular advising services, including in-person appointments and drop-in advising, will resume January 21, 2020.

Academic advisors are available to help students choose classes, explore academic interests, and declare the major.

Meet the Data Science Advisors

Laura Imai Advisor Headshot

Laura Imai

Director of Advising

Marjorie Ensor Advisor Headshot

Marjorie Ensor

Data Science Advisor

Amanda Dillon Advisor Headshot

Amanda Dillon

Data Science Advisor

Aaron Giacosa Advisor Headshot

Aaron Giacosa

Data Science Advisor

Types of Advising

Drop-in advising for Data Science is available from both staff advisors and peer advisors. Staff advisors are also available for advising by appointments. Please see the chart below for help deciding who you would like to meet with: 

Appointment with Major Advisors for: Major Advisor Drop-Ins for: Peer Advising Drop-Ins for:

- Creating a 2-Year or 4-Year Program Plan
- Double Majors or Simultaneous Degrees
- Graduation or Degree Check (APR Corrections)
- Study Abroad Planning
- Registration holds
- Probation 
- Obtaining an Advisor Signature (except declaring or adding a major)

- General Information about the major
- Quick questions or clarifications 
- Choosing classes (i.e. course workload)
- Advice on Program Planning
- Other Resources on Campus

- Information about the major or minor
- How to declare the major
- Choosing classes (i.e. course workload)
- Creating a 2-Year or 4-Year Program Plan
- Data Science affiliated student organizations
- Division of Data Sciences Student Opportunities
- Internships
- Research opportunities
- Choosing a domain emphasis (see Peer Advisor biographies for their select domain emphases)

Advising Appointments

Current students may schedule an advising appointment with a Data Science Major Advisor on CalCentral.

In-person appointments are held at 436 and 442 Evans Hall. To view availability for online-only appointments, please select “Google Hangouts advising” as your reason for the appointment.

Click here for instructions on making an advising appointment via CalCentral. Note that if you are not a declared Data Science major, you will need to select Data Science from the dropdown menu for Advisor Type.

Drop-in Advising Hours 

To sign in (join the waiting list) during drop-in hours, please click here button.
You will not be able to sign in if drop-in hours have not started or have already ended. Sign-ins may end early if the waiting list is already too long for advisors to see all waiting students.

You can also view the current waitlist to check your position or see how many other students are already waiting.

Drop-in Advising is in-person only at 436 and 442 Evans Hall. You must be present on the 4th floor of Evans Hall when your name reaches the top of the list. If you are not present when your name is called, we will remove your name from the list and call the next available student.

Other Advising Resources

All interested students are encouraged to take advantage of other advising resources on campus:

  • Join our Piazza forum to view our responses to previously asked questions, and to ask your own questions:

  • For questions about enrollment in classes, please contact an advisor in the department offering the course. The Data Science program does not currently manage any courses directly.

Data Science Newsletter

Check out the latest Data Science Newsletter to learn about internships, job postings, competitions, and recruiting events available for data science students. 

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    To join our mailing list to receive the Data Science Newsletter, please visit is external) and click "Join". 

    To request to add your student opportunity, upcoming event, or data science related news to our Data Science Newsletter, please submit a response on our Newsletter Posting Google Form(link is external)

    Peer Advising

    Students can meet with a Data Science Peer Advisor during the Fall and Spring semester in 3rd Floor Moffitt Library on a drop-in basis. Peer Advisors are not available during the Summer. Visit our Peer Advising page to meet the Peer Advisors and to see their schedule. 



    Mailing address:

    367 Evans Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720