Peer Advisors
Autumn 20232024 Math Peer Advising
Office Hours
Andrew: Thursdays 3:00 pm  5:00 pm
Christy: Wednesdays 2:30 pm  3:30 pm
Shaunak: Fridays 11:00 am 12:00 pm
Location:
Undergraduate Mathematics Student Workspace
Room 382T, Sloan Hall
Department of Mathematics
Building 380, Stanford, California 94305
Christy Thompson
cthomps [at] stanford.edu
Andrew Lee
hkandrewlee [at] stanford.edu
Shaunak Bhandarkar
shaunakb [at] stanford.edu
About Christy:
Christy Thompson is a junior majoring in math and minoring in feminist, gender, & sexuality studies. She loves abstract algebra and number theory. She has done a DRP in algebraic number theory and participated in the number theory REU at UVA. Christy also loves teaching and sharing math with others and works as a CTL math tutor. She is a member of SWIMM, and passionate about inclusivity and equity in math. Christy hopes to explore careers outside of academia before possibly returning to school for a Ph.D. in math.
About Andrew:
Andrew Lee is a junior majoring in mathematics, planning to coterm in philosophy and attend grad school in mathematics. He is widely interested in many areas of mathematics, but his current interests lie mostly in geometry and topology (i.e., things you can draw). He has participated in the DRP numerous times, worked on research in mathematical biology, studied abroad at Oxford, been a financial officer for SUMO, and worked as a TA/RC for the Stanford University Mathematics Camp (SUMaC). He is currently the president of SUMO and a residential tutor for SLE, and is active in the campus arts scene as a cellist and dancer.
About Shaunak:
Shaunak is a senior majoring in math and Symbolic Systems. He is interested in algebra and topology, and he has written expository papers relating to the field of algebraic number theory. Currently, he hopes to apply math to study the brain and is conducting research on developing biologically plausible neural network models of memory storage and retrieval. He has been a TA for the Stanford University Math Camp (SUMaC) and, this year, he is the Speaker Series Coordinator for SUMO. He hopes to attend graduate school, quite possibly in math.
Ask her about:
 having doubts about whether you can succeed as a math major (you can!)
 choosing classes and an advisor
 REUs (writing applications, choosing where to go, preparing, etc)
 SWIMM (Stanford Women in Math Mentoring) and the DRP (Directed Reading Program)
 feeling anxious or losing your confidence in hard math classes
 finding support, mentorship, and community as a mathematician
 and more!
Ask him about:
 course selections and planning the math major/minor
 balancing mathematics and the humanities/arts
 summer and academic year research opportunities
 getting involved with math communities like SUMO
 what to do when you're struggling in your classes
 and more!
Ask him about:

choosing courses

summer research opportunities

getting through tough math classes

how to balance multiple academic interests (e.g. a double major)

and more!