About the CNR Undergraduate PAL Program

The Peer Advising Leadership (PAL) Program of CNR strives to offer personal viewpoints and experiences to current and prospective CNR students. These students are trained in understanding CNR and University requirements, policies, and procedures, and they help with CNR recruitment and enrichment programs. Their work is integral to the success of their fellow CNR undergraduates.

If you wish to contact a peer advisor, visit the Student Resource Center at 260 Mulford, or send an email.

PDF iconSPRING 2018 PAL Office Hours.pdf

Want to find out more about certain courses? Click here for a list of classes the PALs have taken! 

You can also follow us on CNRs Instagram and Facebook pages.

Interested in Becoming a CNR PAL?

Are you passionate about your major and CNR?  Do you want to help students find their path and build community within CNR? If you replied yes, apply to become a peer advisor for CNR! It’s a great opportunity to work with staff advisors and learn about the different majors and departments.  Please fill out the    PDF iconPAL 2018-2019 Application .pdf   Then turn it into 260 Mulford Hall or cnrteaching@berkeley.edu when it is complete.

If you would like to hear more about the program, you can also stop by the PAL advising window during our office hours, email PALs at pal@berkeley.edu or talk to your academic advisor for more information!

Check out our Student Ambassadors (SALs) too!

The newly established Student Ambassador Leader (SAL) program aims to raise awareness and knowledge of the programs that CNR offers in prospective and newly admitted students. Our goal is to offer peer advising to help students through the admission process and transition into the university and especially in the CNR community. In doing so we hope to guide these students to be at a place of their passions and where they will have the chance to succeed. 


2017-2018 PALs

William Albers

Hello! My name is William and I’m a second year Genetics and Plant Biology major. When I’m not studying or trying to convince my friends to join CNR, I enjoy reading and learning new things. Along with school, I work as a gardener at a nonprofit skilled nursing facility and as a student library employee in the Doe and Moffitt libraries. I hope to pursue research in the future and make lots of cool friends along the way. Though plants are just about my favorite thing in the world, I do enjoy a good meme and would love to talk about anything (especially plants and/or memes) so please stop by!

Jennifer Chang

Nutritional Sciences - Physiology & Metabolism

Hi!! I’m Jennifer, a third year student majoring in Nutritional Sciences with an emphasis in Physiology and Metabolism. Food is my life. I enjoy cooking, devouring fresh, nutritious homemade food, and trying out some new and quirky Berkeley cafe and restaurants. I am currently an officer for the Food Science and Tech @: Cal, and am exploring different health related fields like optometry and pharmacy. So, if you have any questions about classes, cafes, or anything, come to my office hours to ask me more about it!

Julia Hedelman

Greetings! My name’s Julia and I’m a second year at this point still undeclared. I enjoy studying agriculture, environmental policy, botany, social justice, and global poverty. I love huckleberry picking, knitting, watching “The Office”, boogie boarding in the ocean, checking out cool plants, and Zumba dancing. I’m involved with the Student Organic Garden Association, Coffee Break en Español Club, and the Women’s Club Volleyball team. My favorite spots on campus are the courtyard at North Gate and the Morrison library. Come and chat with me in Mulford if you’re also unsure of your path here at Berkeley, or about any other questions/comments/concerns you have. GO BEARS!!!

Lisa Hoang

Hi friends! My name is Lisa and I am a fourth year majoring in Nutritional Science with an emphasis in Toxicology. I’m a sunny SoCal native, who LOVES beaches, laughing, traveling, anything fruit related, waterfalls, hiking, and all things DCU. When I’m not going on an adventure, you can find me at a café, or curled up into a book. School is nonstop, so when you want to take a breather, swing by my office hours and we can talk about research, classes, volunteering, study abroad, your day, or the latest episode of the Bachelor/Bachelorette franchise.

Jonathan Huang

WHY HELLO ALL FRIENDS! I'm Jonathan and I'm a third year Molecular Environmental Biology (with a concentration in Animal Health and Behavior) and Art Practice Double Major! As you may or may not have guessed, I find animals so incredibly fascinating, and love to be creative through any means possibly, including but not limited to drawing, painting, SINGING GET READY FOR SOME (beautiful) ACAPELLA, dancing, and photoshopping my friends' heads onto random things! I am also very, very, VERY into Marvel/DC movies, rom-coms, and making weird faces and sounds and being as extra as I can at all times. I'm also currently a mentor in Project SMILE and a dancer in AFX dance and possibly other teams as the semesters go on! Though I was born and raised in LA, I love it at Cal and I will absolutely be willing to answer any and all questions that you have about anything, so come visit me and let's have a wonderful conversation about life and bond!

Sabrina Jones

Hi! My name is Sabrina, and I am a sophomore majoring in Molecular Environmental Biology! I became really passionate about the environment after taking an Environmental Issues class and learning about not only the problems we face but also the solutions we can implement. My dream is to make a positive impact on our environment! I am also interested in law, and I love going on adventures, volunteering, biking, baking, swimming, listening to new music, dancing terribly. I have taken a wide variety of classes and participate in many organizations so please stop by with any questions you have or if you just want to chat, and definitely introduce yourself! Hope to see you soon! :)

Hoiyiu Ko

Hi everyone! My name is Hoiyiu, but feel free to call me Yoyo! I’m a second-year majoring in Environmental Economics and Policy. I was born in Hong Kong and raised in Fremont, California. I’m passionate about packaging science and helping businesses move closer to sustainability! I spent this past summer interning at Hong Kong Plastic Free Seas, an environmental NGO, advocating for the elimination of plastic at beach and harbor clean-ups. You can usually catch me at stationery stores or blogging and journaling at a nearby coffee or tea shop! I enjoy listening to Taiwanese music and engaging in deep conversations. Sometimes, I’ll even do some stress-relieving music jam sessions with my friends. Feel free to drop by anytime or shoot me a message. I am always up for coffee chats as well!

Kaitlyn Lund

Conservation and Resource Studies

HELLO FRIENDS! I'm Kaitlyn and I am a second year Conservation and Resource Studies major with Environmental Policy and Management and Public Policy minor! I am from the most wonderful city of sunny San Diego, California and don't you tell me otherwise! But I LOVE it here at Berkeley and am enthusiastic about all the things UC Berkeley, CNR, and the Bay area have to offer! Come talk to me about Southern California, running, outdoors things, cool food spots, and anything environmental studies, policy, or law related! Or come simply to talk if you need an opinion or someone to listen because I LOVE meeting new friends! PLEASE come on by and say hello!

Amanda Ma

Forestry and Natural Resources

Heyo! I'm a third year forestry and natural resources major. I'm super into plants and ecology so if you want a long chat about how cool plants are, I'm your gal! On my free time you can probably find me somewhere on campus chilling in a hammock or sitting down somewhere sketching a tree. Come by my office hours for chill and serious talks!

Mary Evelyn Mcdonnell

Conservation and Resource Studies

Hey! My name is Mary and I am a third year Conservation and Resource Studies major, Forestry and Natural Resources minor, and big fan of CNR. When I’m not keeping up to date about forest ecology or land management practices, I like to dance, write for the SERC blog, read poetry, and hang out in the library. Come talk to me about things I have experience in, like Forestry camp, Mo’orea, URAP, and giggling at inappropriate times, or just stop by and tell me about your day!


Aruna Menon

Hey everyone! My name is Aruna and I’m a fourth year Microbiology major with a double concentration in Host-Pathogen Interactions and Ecology and Environmental Microbiology. My interests are in all things science, from chemistry to ecology to statistics. I also love to sing, binge watch Netflix, read, hike, eat, travel, and collect plush microbes. In addition to being PAL, I am a part of UC Women’s Chorale and conduct research on campus. I love meeting new people and want to help out as much as I can, so swing by if you want advice, a listening ear, or just want to talk about life. Remember, college can be confusing, but it’s also amazing. I look forward to meeting you and GO BEARS! 

Adrienne Rodriguez

Microbial Biology

Hey! I'm Adrienne and I'm a third year Microbial Biology major - Host-Pathogen emphasis. I'm a Bay Area native interested in a multitude of things from cooking, exploring the Bay, concerts as well as research. I also love working with animals and checking out different places in Berkeley. Come up to Mulford if you need advice on what classes to take, need help finding biology related resources, or just general company! 

Carol Tsai

Hello!! My name is Carol :) I am a second year majoring in Environmental Science. I’m from Orange County in Southern California. I love the ocean and nature in general, and I really like going on walks whether with a friend, with a dog, or just with a good podcast going in my ears. I also love exp0loring Berkeley and finding new libraries and cafes to study in. Some other interests I have include reading, knitting, and trying recipes from Pinterest. Come visit me at my office hours if you have any questions or if you want some insider tips on the best places to study in Berkeley! Hope to see you soon!

Wendy Wu

Hey hey! :) My name is Wendy and I'm double majoring in Environmental Economics & Policy and Society & Environment! I was lucky enough to have studied abroad in Sweden last spring and I'm also on the Cal Dragon Boat team here at Berkeley. I really like hedgehogs, when people recycle properly and running (sometimes). Come say hi about anything and everything related to classes, study abroad, and life! :)

Stephanie Yu

Nutritional Sciences - Physiology/Metabolism

Hi! My name is Stephanie and I’m a second year Nutritional Sciences major, physiology and metabolism track. If you are pre-health, feel free to approach me and chat since I plan to go to optometry school. I was born in California, lived in China for nine years, and moved to Arizona in fourth grade. I am passionate about exploring different aspects of Chinese culture such as traditional Chinese medicine. In my free time, I paint colorful things and explore new recipes and restaurants with friends. I love to travel and learn about different cultures, especially through food. Can’t wait to meet you!


For more information, talk with current peer advisors during drop-in hours or email us at pal@berkeley.edu