Undergraduate Advising

The PSTAT Office is open for in-person advising on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. PSTAT Advisors are available remotely on Thursdays and Fridays, via email or by appointment.

Undergraduate Program Advisors

The Undergraduate Program advisor is a staff member who handles the administrative duties of the undergraduate program. The Undergraduate Program Advisor is a good resource for departmental and UC-wide policy.  

Advisors: Ellery Wilkie (she/her) & Yan Lashchev (he/him)
Office: SH 5607
Fall 2023 Advising Hours
IN PERSON Drop-In Advising in SH 5607: Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9:00am-11:30am and 1:30pm-4:00pm
REMOTE Appointments via Zoom
You should see the Undergraduate Program Advisor for:
  • Major forms and petitions
  • General guidelines on major requirements
  • Advisement for course schedules
  • Changing majors
  • Referral to campus resources

When emailing the PSTAT Office, please use your UCSB umail account and include the following information: Full Name, PERM, Major, and a full explanation of your question.

Students should contact Academic Advising at the College of Letters and Science for questions regarding General Education and University requirements. More information on how to contact the advising office at the College of Letters and Science can be found here.


Undergraduate Peer Advisors

The Undergraduate Peer advisor is a student member of the PSTAT staff who handles basic questions on the undergraduate program. The Peer Advisor can give a personal perspective on courses and co-curricular activities, as well as give tips and resources on the PSTAT majors.

Peer Advisors: 
  • Sara Li (Statistics and Data Science)
  • Eliana Nassar (Actuarial Science)
  • Alice Zhang (Statistics and Data Science)
Office: SH 5607
Appointments coming soon!

You should see the Undergraduate Peer Advisor for:

  • General guidelines on major requirements
  • Changing/declaring majors
  • Social support
  • Clubs Information


Faculty Undergraduate Program Advisors

The Faculty Undergraduate Advisors are faculty members who are appointed each year to advise students regarding their academic programs and progress. Undergraduate students should consult with the department’s Faculty Undergraduate Advisors about their program of study

Statistics and Data Science Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jack Miller (they/them)
Office Hours: Mondays 1pm-3pm by appointment here

Financial Mathematics and Statistics & Actuarial Science Faculty Advisor: Dr. Hal Pedersen (he/him)
Office Hours: Mondays 2:30pm-3:30pm in SH 5513 or by appointment. 

The Faculty Undergraduate Advisor can give general guidance on:

  • Graduate School Options
  • Evaluate General Academic Progress
  • Guidance on programs of study
  • Research Options
  • Career Exploration and Advising


Actuarial Program Director & Advising for BS/MS Actuarial Students

Students that are interested in the combined BS/MS Actuarial Program will work closely with the Actuarial Program Director, Dr. Hal Pedersen, with regards to academic goals, progress, and objectives both in undergrad status and in grad status.

Actuarial Program Director and Advisor: Dr. Hal Pedersen (he/him)
Office: SH 5513