Stanford University

Advising Fellows

Our Advising Fellows (AFs) are upper division undergraduate or coterm students in Symbolic Systems, who have taken a substantial number of courses for the major and can advise from a student's perspective.

If you are a current Stanford undergraduate, you may email the Advising Fellows at symsys-afs [at] from your Stanford email account. 

2022-2023 Advising Fellows

View Advising Fellow Office HoursYou may contact an AF to schedule an appointment if none of the available office hours fit your schedule.

Adam Acevedo
  • Class of 2023
  • Concentration: Neurosciences

Hey! My name is Adam and I am a senior from a small town in Illinois, also known as Pretzel City, USA (my high school mascot was a pretzel). I am interested in exploring disparities that exist within rural communities whether that be education, healthcare, or economic development. As someone who spent so much time deciding, come talk to me about choosing classes, debating concentrations, balancing different interests, or anything in between! In my free time, I enjoy playing the saxophone, going on walks, and listening to music.


Sarah Bloom
  • Class of 2024
  • Concentration: Cognitive Science

Hi there! My name is Sarah and I'm a junior from Evanston, IL. I'm interested in how emotion and faith fit into cognition and excited about using technology for social good, especially in renewable energy/sustainability and education. In my free time, I can often be found reading in a hammock, hiking, throwing around a frisbee, or making something in one of the on-campus makerspaces. Talk to me about pursuing many academic interests, why I chose SymSys (after much debate) and if you should too, being a woman in tech, or any other questions you might have!


Ashli Jain
  • Class of 2023
  • Concentration: Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI)

    Hey! My name is Ashli and I am a junior from the Bay Area. I am interested in technology that empowers people through employment and financial health. Specifically, I am interested in artificial intelligence, financial services (including crypto), product design, and magical user experiences. I become animated when debating the intersection of technology and ethics, along with the intersection of technology and sustainability. Come talk to me about course selection, especially for interdisciplinary studies, and Stanford life more broadly. Outside of school, I love salted caramel ice cream, Bollywood dance cardio, and long trail hikes.


Tiffany Liu
  • Class of 2022
  • Concentration: Learning

Hi! My name is Tiff and I am a senior from San Ramon, CA. I am interested in cognition, psychology, and education, especially in the ways that technology can help inform the creation of inclusive learning communities. Feel free to come chat about whether SymSys is right for you, class recommendations and planning, and ways to get involved in research in related fields. I am also a double major in English, so feel free to come chat about navigating a double major and/or how to choose the academic paths that align best with your interests. Outside of school, I love to dance, read, write, and do NYT crosswords!


Carolyn Qu
  • Class of 2024
  • Concentration: Human-Centered AI

Hi! I'm Carolyn, a junior from the DC area. I'm passionate about understanding how to build and deploy human-centered technology, specifically responsible AI, product design, and Metaverse/VR-based tech. Feel free to stop by to chat with me about choosing classes, academic planning, potential careers, finding balance in academics, navigating your time/life at Stanford, or anything else! Beyond my academics, I'm an avid fan of art museums, yoga, and podcasts!


Regina Ta
  • Class of 2023
  • Concentration: Digital Humanities (individually designed concentration)

Hi there! My name is Regina, and I’m a senior from San Jose, CA. As a Comparative Literature double major and a CS coterm, I’m curious about the intersection between language, computation, and data. I’m also passionate about leveraging interdisciplinary perspectives to optimize technical and corporate communications. Let’s chat about designing your own concentration, integrating your interests—especially if they're in the humanities or creative writing, pivoting to grad school or industry, and anything SymSys-related. In my free time, I enjoy reading personal essay collections and practicing yoga.


Kendall Titus
  • Class of 2023
  • Concentration: HAI

Hi! I'm Kendall, a senior from Seattle, WA. I am excited by exploring technology as a tool applied across disciplines and industries such as climate, education, consumer products, food and more. I did not take one class in the same major discipline my freshman year and I landed on SymSys in my junior year after considering what feels like every other major under the sun (e.g. CS, History, Chemistry, etc.). Even after picking SymSys, it took me awhile to decide on a concentration, so please come to me with any questions about how to know if SymSys is right for you! I was also a student athlete my first three years at Stanford and am happy to chat about balancing major requirements with athletics and other extracurriculars. Outside of school, I love to run, hike, explore new places, and go on road trips! 


Angela Zhao
  • Class of 2022; Coterm Class of 2023
  • Concentration: Computational Social Science

Hi! I'm Angela, a coterm from the Bay Area. I did my undergrad in SymSys and I'm doing a coterm in CS. My interests include thinking about natural and artificial minds, research in the social sciences using computer science, the intersection of ethics and technology, and how to live the good life. Come talk to me about planning classes, doing research, and making the most out of a flexible interdisciplinary program. Outside of school, I enjoy reading, baking and eating, and ice skating.