Academic Advising

Advising Staff

Molly Donnellan
, Academic Advisor: Molly advises for the International Studies Major. Walk-in hours are listed above, and students should attend an Intro to the IS Major Workshop before scheduling their first appointment with Molly. Students can also email with questions. Pronouns: She/Her/Hers. Schedule an appointment via email or preferably on Starfish.


Csanád Siklós, PhD., Academic Advisor: Csanád advises for the International Studies Major, as well as certificate programs within the Institute for Regional and International Studies. Students can also email Csanád at with questions. Schedule an appointment with Csanád via email or preferably on Starfish.



Ben Vargas, Peer Advisor: Ben is a third year student advisor for the International Studies Major. He pursues a double major in the Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and International Studies with certificates in Public Policy and Environmental Sustainability from the La Follette School of Public Affairs and the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. Pronouns are He/Him/His. Ben has worked in a variety of grassroot, state and bureaucratic government positions and is passionate about anything Star Wars related. Students can email Ben at with questions regarding advising, academic coursework, networking, career opportunities, and more. His office hours will resume in Fall 2021 and will be found here.

Katherine Ackley, Peer Advisor: Katherine is a junior majoring in International Studies and Environmental Studies and is earning certificates in French and Textiles and Fashion Design. Pronouns are She/Her/Hers. Students can email Katherine at Her office hours will resume in Fall 2021 and will be found here.

Please note that for Spring/Summer 2021, advising will be held remotely via email, phone, or videoconferencing. 

Advising is essential to a successful undergraduate experience. For this reason, the International Studies Major has an academic advisor, a peer advisor, and a career advisor. We recommend that you meet with your advisor at least once per semester to track progress towards your degree, explore study abroad options, and begin the career exploration process.

Just have a quick question? Feel free to email the IS Major advisor or one of the peer advisors. The email should come from your email account (why?and include your Campus ID number. If it is an ongoing email conversation, please include the history.

Prior to sending your email, please check our website for answers to frequently asked questions.  If it is determined that your question cannot be answered via email you may be asked to make an appointment.

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How to Meet with an Advisor

For Spring/Summer 2021:

1. Schedule an appointment with an IS Major Advisor via Starfish or email.

*Please note that during busy times in the semester, the IS Major advisors’ schedule will fill up quickly, so it is best to plan ahead.

2. Attend drop in office hours with an IS Peer Advisor below or via email (Unavailable until Fall 2021)

How to use Starfish

All currently declared students and current UW-Madison undergraduate students interested in the International Studies major are welcome to schedule an appointment. Advising appointments can be made through StarfishYou can access Starfish from your MyUW dashboard.

To add the Starfish app:

  1. Login to MyUW
  2. Search for Starfish
  3. Click Add to home for easy access
  4. Launch the app

Please click this link for instructions on how to use Starfish.

Advising Hours

Schedule an appointment with Molly via the Starfish widget on your MyUW page.

Walk-in Advising:

*Walk-in advising hours will not be held during Spring 2021. Please schedule an appointment directly with one of our advisors.

Peer Advising: Peer Advising remote walk in hours links are in description above. Peer Advising in-person hours should resume by Fall 2021

Peace Corps Advising (252 Bascom Hall): Check the Peace Corps website for current advising schedules.

Advising while Abroad

Students who are currently studying abroad and need to meet with the IS Major advisor can schedule Skype advising appointments.  Schedule via the Starfish widget on your MyUW page.