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Our GES Advising Team

Dr. Jeanette Simmonds

Undergraduate advisor
BSE, geography, GIS, public health
481 Social Sciences

Paula Pentel

Undergraduate advisor
Urban studies

Peer Advisors

The GES department employs a team of student peer advisors to support drop-in hours. Peer advisors can help you declare, coordinate your interests and classes, and plan your upcoming semester. They also serve our GES undergraduates by managing advising workshops and other undergraduate program events.

Maggie Hall (BSE)

Marco Garcia (Geography, GIS, public health)

Questions about transferring credits? Browse CLA's transfer student pages and contact a CLA transfer advisor.

Honors Advising

Our GES honors coordinators can advise you on discipline-specific issues, and the University Honor's Program hosts general honors advising information.

Dr. Daniel Griffin

Geography Honors Coordinator
414 Social Scieces

Dr. Katherine Klink

BSE Honors Coordinator
573 Social Sciences

Contact an Advisor

Emails, Appointments, and Drop-in Advising

By Email: 
Urban Studies Students contact Paula Pentel

BSE, Geography, GIS, and Public Health Students contact

Please follow these guidelines to help us serve you as effectively as possible. 

  • Use your UMN email
  • Include your student ID number in the email
  • Write your major/minor program in the subject line
Advising Appointments with Jeanette (BSE, Geography)

Please allow at least 4 business days for appointment requests, include as many available times as possible, include a brief summary of the reason for the appointment.

Drop-In Advising

No appointment necessary. At busy times of the semester, students should consider arriving early or using Geog-only or BSE-only Peer Advising. During non-peak adivising times, there is seldom any wait. 

Advising Calendar Key

Jeanette’s GES drop-in advising
BSE, geography, and GIS advising. Students seeking advising related to honors, multiple degrees, senior projects, course evaluations, and complex transfer histories must meet with Jeanette rather than a peer advisor.

GEOG-only drop-in advising
Geography, GIS, and public health advising staffed by the geography peer advisor. Senior project and honors advising are not available.

BSE-only drop-in advising
BSE and public health advising staffed by the BSE peer advisors. Senior project and honors advising are not available.

Appointment Requests
Use recommended format (above).

No appointments available
At peak advising times, no appointments with Jeanette are available. You must meet with Jeanette or the peer advisors during drop-in advising hours.