Due to COVID-19, all academic advising will be remote until further notice.

In the Division of Biological Sciences, undergraduate advising is student-centered and viewed as an integral part of the higher education process. Each student is assigned both a professional and peer advisor.

Professional Advisors

Professional advisors focus broadly on what students can get out of their undergraduate degree. They are available to assist students with course selection and registration, deciding on a B.A. versus a B.S., choosing minors or secondary majors, building an academic and professional portfolio, integrating internships and Study Abroad into an academic plan, careers in biology, scholarship opportunities, and more.

Jordan Parshall

Students with last names A-G

Carol Martin

Students with last names O-Z

Peer Advisors

These upper-level biology majors share a student perspective on a Mizzou education by providing valuable information about topics such as study skills, choosing electives, undergraduate research, campus life, volunteering, job shadowing, leadership opportunities, and more.

Payton Barry, A-D

Payton Barry, A-D

Year in School:  Junior
Major: Biological Sciences

Hometown: Carrollton, MO

I am from the small town of Carrollton, MO, which has made the transition to Columbia such an exciting experience. I initially thought that I wanted to travel out of state to attend college, but I chose Mizzou because of the many different options and opportunities it offers to its students. I have grown and developed as a scholar and person during my first year at Mizzou with experiences that I never would have had at another university. I am so glad that I made the right choice! I want to be a resource scientist or geneticist after graduation and firmly believe that Mizzou can prepare me for either career. In addition to being a peer adviser, I am involved in a few extracurriculars on campus. I am the secretary for the Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity and am a Baritone player for The Big M of the Midwest, Marching Mizzou! Whenever I am not studying in the Student Center, I like to spend time with friends, volunteer through APO, lounge around on Francis Quadrangle, and take care of my pets. If you have any questions about getting involved, staying on top of your classes, or where to find the best cup of coffee in Columbia, feel free to contact me! I am looking forward to a full year of being a peer advisor and being able to meet all of you!

Patricia Lupu, E-J

Patricia Lupu, E-J

Year in School: Senior
Majors: Biological Sciences/German

Minor: Psychological Sciences
Hometown: St. Louis, MO

Although St. Louis is my hometown, Columbia has become my true home these last few years. Choosing Mizzou was the obvious choice for me when I learned about its wonderful academic programs and extensive network across the country. I knew that as a Tiger, I could achieve anything that I set my mind on. After completing my undergraduate programs, I plan on going to medical school to become a physician, but for now, I am working to improve my community as a tutor in the Learning Center, volunteer at an assisted living facility and a hospital, and as a Peer Advisor for the Biology Advising Department. In my free time, I like to participate in on-campus organizations, cook, and spend time with friends. I hope to get to know all of your stories and help ease your transition to Mizzou. Feel free to email me or make an appointment anytime for any questions about the Biology Department, campus resources, community involvement, or anything else you might need. I look forward to meeting you all!

Camryn Long, K-Mo

Camryn Long, K-Mo

Year in School: Senior
Major: Biological Sciences / Psychological Sciences

Minor: Leadership and Public Service
Hometown: Richland, MO

When it was time for me to apply to college, I only submitted one application because I knew Mizzou was where I belonged. It was such a change of pace from my small rural town, where there were 40 students in each graduating class, but that’s what I wanted. It was hard to adjust at first, but being surrounded by all of the opportunities and people helped me feel at home in this new community. Now I’m a tiger through and through and can’t wait for you to become one too! Outside of Mizzou I love to hike, bake, and waste entire days binge watching Netflix (only after studying!) I love going to new places and trying new food, so if you have any recommendations let me know! I also have a dog named Hercules who I love with all my heart and will always be grateful for animal pictures sent my way! I volunteer for hospice as well as in the NICU at Mizzou Women’s and Children’s Hospital, but have also volunteered for an urgent care and at the local humane society walking adorable dogs! I am currently working in the biology advising office (peer advising of course,) in a research lab on campus, and as a home health aide. After Mizzou I plan to attend medical school in my pursuit of becoming a pediatric oncologist. This is just a little bit about me and I can’t wait to learn all about you!

Blake Schreck, Mp-Se

Blake Schreck, Mp-Se

Year in School: Senior
Major: Biological Sciences

Hometown: Maryville, MO

I grew up in Maryville, which is a small town in the northwest corner of Missouri. When it came time to choosing a college, Mizzou was the clear winner because I would be able to leave my hometown while not having to move too far away. In the beginning, I was nervous to start at Mizzou but I truly have found a home here. This university has opened so many doors for me academically as well as personally. After my time at The University of Missouri, I hope to attend dental school and become a dentist. I was interested about dentistry coming into college and Mizzou has exposed me to several clubs and classes which have cemented this decision for me. I am a member of several clubs and organizations on campus which have allowed me to make connections with great people and explore what the health field has to offer. When I’m not on campus I love being outdoors, spending time with friends and family, and watching sports. Feel free to come into the office and see me if you ever have questions about a class or where the best place to eat is. I love working with new students and look forward to meeting all of you!

Justin Schulz, Sf-Z

Justin Schulz, Sf-Z

Year in School: Sophomore
Majors: Biological Sciences

Minors: Chemistry
Hometown: Edwardsville, IL

Family. That’s what means most to me. I grew up surrounded by corn fields but still had big love for the Tigers. Many members of my family went to Mizzou, including my Mom who graduated majoring in Animal Science. I didn’t hesitate when college decisions came around and everyone was stressing about where to go, I knew I belonged at Mizzou. I love to talk more than anything and I can talk about almost anything, from sports to politics, I can hold up my end of a conversation! I am currently studying and hope to soon be conducting genetic research. At MU I have had many academic opportunities as well as opportunities to continue and expand my hobbies. I work with the best college sports broadcast team and look forward to working closely with the biology department this year. My first year at Mizzou I met a lot of amazing people and my school started to feel like my family. Everyone has their place here and I look forward to meeting you all and helping you as your peer advisor to find your place in the Mizzou family.

Meeting with An Advisor

Current MU students should schedule appointments with their advisor through MU Connect.

Prospective students considering attending MU can schedule a campus visit, including a meeting with a biological sciences advisor, through Mizzou Admissions.


Undergraduate Advising Office
3 Tucker Hall
Columbia, MO 65211 USA
Phone: (573) 882-4068

Office Hours: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday