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Austin Sandoval-Sweeney - CFYA Coordinator (he/him/his)


Advises: Biology, Biochemistry, Undeclared

Education: M.A. Student Affairs Administration, Michigan State University; B.A. Communication and Minor in Philosophy, Miami University (OH)

Hometown: Indianapolis, IN

Favorite Place on Campus: Gregory Gym

Favorite Austin Restaurant: Fresa’s

Favorite TV Series: Friday Night Lights, Loki

Favorite Book: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

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Aaron Rutkowski – Academic Advisor (he/him/his)


Advises: Biology, Biochemistry

Education: B.A Criminal Justice and Minor in Education, University of Mississippi; M.A. Higher Education Administration, University of Mississippi

Hometown: Strayhorn, MS

Favorite Place on Campus: DKR Texas Memorial Stadium

Favorite Austin Restaurant: Salty Sow

Favorite TV Series: The Office, Ted Lasso

Favorite Book: The Series of Ice and Fire

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Chris Connelly - Academic Advisor, Biology Scholars Program


Advises: Biology Scholars Program (BSP), Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Public Health, Undeclared

Education: B.A. Journalism/Communications, University of Connecticut; M.Ed. Educational Psychology, UT Austin

Hometown: Connecticut

Favorite Place on Campus: Turtle Pond

Favorite TV Series: Six Feet Under, Roseanne, South Park

Favorite Book: A Walk Across America by Peter Jenkins


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Claire Lewis- Academic Advisor (she/her/hers)


Advises: Biology, Biochemistry

Education: B.A. in Psychology from Texas State University

Hometown: New Braunfels, TX

Favorite Place on Campus: Littlefield Home

Favorite Austin Restaurant: Bouldin Creek Cafe

Favorite TV Series: Parks and Recreation

Favorite Book: Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor

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Faria Laliwala– Academic Advisor (she/her/hers)


Advises: Biology, Biochemistry, Human Development and Family Sciences, Nutrition

Education: B.S. Kinesiology, The University of Texas at San Antonio

Hometown: Chicago, IL/Houston, TX

Favorite Place on Campus: South Lawn

Favorite Austin Restaurant: Arpeggio Grill

Favorite TV Series: Law & Order: SVU, Grey’s Anatomy, Stranger Things

Favorite Book: Verity by Colleen Hoover

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Gabe Lopez - Academic Advisor, Texas Transfers Program (he/him/his)


Advises: Biology, Biochemistry, Neuroscience

Education: B.A. English and History, University of Texas - Pan American 

Hometown: San Juan, TX

Favorite Place on Campus: Union Bowling Alley

Favorite Austin Restaurant: Dan's Hamburgers

Favorite TV Series: Breaking Bad, The Simpsons, South Park, The Mandalorian, Seinfeld

Favorite Book: The Handmaid’s Tale, Beowulf, Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption


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Jamie Villarreal- Academic Advisor (she/her/hers)


Advises: Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Undeclared Pre-Pharmacy

Education: B.A. Psychology and Sociology, The University of Texas at Austin

Hometown: Santa Rosa, TX

Favorite Place on Campus: Patton Hall (RLP) Dies Student Center

Favorite Austin Restaurant: Wok on Fire

Favorite TV Series: Friends, Gilmore Girls, Supernatural

Favorite Book: The Hunger Games Series, Divergent Series, Fault in our Stars

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Randy Lopez – Academic Advisor (they/them/theirs)


Advises: Biology, Biochemistry

Education: B.S. Psychology at Texas A&M University, M.Sc. Health Psychology at The University of Central Lancashire, and M.Sc. Counselling Studies and MSc Education (Research) at The University of Edinburgh

Hometown: Corpus Christi, TX

Favorite Place on Campus: The magical Turtle Pond!

Favorite Austin Restaurant: Snooze, Kerbey Lane, Toss Pizza, Homeslice

Favorite TV Series: Wandavision, Schitt’s Creek, Ms. Marvel

Favorite Book: Alice in Wonderland, Hood Feminism, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, The Hunger Games

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Sam Strohmeyer – Academic Advisor (she/her/hers)


Advises: Biology, Biochemistry

Education: B.A Anthropology, The Univeristy of Texas at Austin

Hometown: Small(ish) town, Iowa

Favorite Place on Campus: Any of the Libraries

Favorite Austin Restaurant: Aster's Ethiopian, K-Bop

Favorite TV Series: The Great, Futurama, What We Do in the Shadows

Favorite Book: Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

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Trevor Kammerzell – Academic Advisor (he/him/his)


Advises: Biology, Biochemistry, Math, Physics, Astronomy

Education: B.S. Hydrology and Atmospheric Science; Applied Mathematics University of Arizona

Hometown: Phoenix, AZ

Favorite Place on Campus: Tower Plaza

Favorite Austin Restaurant: Spicy Boys, Homeslice

Favorite TV Series: Wandavision, Teen Titans, Chopped

Favorite Book: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

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