Academic Advising Staff

At Sixth College, our academic advising mission is to develop personal and caring relationships with students and to help them achieve their educational, career, and life goals.

Academic Advisors Are Here To:

  • Give you academic guidance and encouragement
  • Help you feel you are a part of the academic community
  • Help you develop personal and career goals and become a lifelong learner
  • Help you become an effective global citizen in the 21st Century


Peer Advisors


Mike Lyken '20

Major: Cognitive Science w/ Specialization in Machine Learning & Neurocomputation
Hometown: Moreno Valley, CA
Began Sixth College Peer Advising: Fall 2018
Co-curricular Activities: Intramural sports, videogames
Career Goals: Impact his community and those alike through meaningful measures towards unity and progression

Natalie Duran '21

Major: Cognitive & Behavioral Neuroscience
Hometown:  Ontario, CA
Began Sixth College Peer Advising: Fall 2018
Co-curricular Activities: UCSD StRIVE
Career Goals: Anesthesiologist

Shayna Quach '19

Major: Psychology/Cognitive Psych
Hometown:  Alhambra, CA
Began Sixth College Peer Advising: Fall 2018
Co-curricular Activities: Positive Emotion and Anxiety Research Lab, Scripps Memorial Hospital, Vietnamese Student Association
Career Goals: Health, Occupational Therapy

Benicia Chiang '20

Major: General Biology
Minor: Environmental Studies
Hometown: Sunnyvale, CA
Began Sixth College Peer Advising: Fall 2018
Co-curricular Activities: Alpha Chi Omega, Structural and Chemical Biology Intern at Celgene Corporation
Career Goals: Biopharmaceutical research or marketing