Stanford University

Peer Advisors

Autumn 2023-2024 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




Undergraduate Mathematics Student Workspace

Room 382T, Sloan Hall

Department of Mathematics

Building 380, Stanford, California 94305


Christy Thompson

cthomps [at]

Andrew Lee

hkandrewlee [at]

Shaunak Bhandarkar

shaunakb [at]

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!