School of
Integrative Biology

Advising & Support

Undergraduate Academic Advising

The IB Academic Advisors strive to provide undergraduate students with timely and informative advice regarding appropriate course selection, academic strategies, career planning, and professional/graduate school planning. We also endeavor to help guide students’ decision-making processes and foster in our students a sense of ownership of their undergraduate educations.


Academic Advising Resources


To get the most out of your advising experience, we ask that you

  1. Meet with your advisor at least once a semester.
  2. Keep appointments (or call to change or cancel them when necessary).
  3. Prepare for appointments by researching your concerns and writing down questions.
  4. Choose your own class schedule before meeting with your advisor to discuss it.
  5. If you are interested in creating a 4-year plan for yourself, bring a draft to the appointment.
  6. Utilize resources and read all newsletters and emails thoroughly.
  7. Be open in discussing your experience at Illinois, academic progress, and study habits.
  8. Keep track of important dates and deadlines for the academic year.

Meet the Advisors

Allison Musser

Allison Musser
Allison Musser amusser3@illinois.edu

Education

• Ph.D. in Recreation, Sport, & Tourism: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
• M.S. in Kinesiology: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
• B.S. in Kinesiology: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Best Part of My Job

Helping students navigate the many and varied challenges of the college years. My favorite moment is when a student says at the end of an appointment, “I feel better now!”

Interests

Sports, travelling, beach vacations, home-improvement projects, and spending time with my family.

Jessica Fink

Jessica Fink
Jessica Fink funk7@illinois.edu

Education

• M.S in Educational Leadership - College Student Development: Oklahoma State University
• B.S. in Advertising: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Best Part of My Job

When I am working with a student and they have that 'Ah Hah!' moment. I love helping students find their passion and what they want to do with their career.

Interests

Rock climbing, hiking, biking, baseball, being a dog mom.