Academic Advising

Advising Staff

Academic Advisors

Molly Donnellan Pronouns: She/Her/Hers: Molly advises for the International Studies Major. During the semesters, students should attend an Intro to the IS Major Workshop before scheduling their first appointment with Molly. Outside of Fall/Spring semesters, students can schedule an appointment directly via email. Students can also email with questions. Students can schedule an appointment via Starfish. Molly also speaks French.


Csanád Siklós, PhD., Pronounced Csanád Siklós. Csanád advises for the International Studies Major. Students can also email Csanád at with questions. Schedule an appointment with Csanád via email or via Starfish. Csanád also speaks Hungarian, Norwegian, and German.



Michael Mays, Peer Advisor (He/Him/His): Michael is an IS major and fourth year undergraduate student. He advises for the IS Major, as well as helps answer general questions about Study Abroad and topics relevant to current students. Students interested in the major should attend an Intro to the IS Major Workshop, which he leads. Students interested in advising can reach out via email or stop by without an appointment during his drop-in hours. See drop-in hours for the spring semester here


Advising is essential to a successful undergraduate experience. 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.

This is an accordion element with a series of buttons that open and close related content panels.

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 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.

Intro to the International Studies Major Video