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The First Year at MIT

Associate Advisor Steering Committee

If you live in a campus dorm, then you have the opportunity to work closely with a member of the Associate Advisor Steering Committee and other associate advisors outside of your advising group.

The Committee leads in providing an in-house support system and after hour academic resources for freshmen campus-wide. Members are associate advisors who act as liaisons with the UAAP, Graduate Resident Tutors (GRT) and Head of House to help freshmen get the help they need in their residential communities.

Steering Committee Members

Below please find the list of Associate Advisor Steering Committee members for 2016-2017.


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My name is Megan McKnelly ( and I am from sunny Camarillo, CA. I’m a senior majoring in Course 9 and minoring in literature. I am so excited for my third year as an Associate Advisor and second year on the AA Steering Committee! I will be working with Prof. Stephen Buchwald in the Department of Chemistry. When I’m not psetting, I compete on the varsity sailing team, volunteer in the Cambridge community, mentor freshmen as a Resident Peer Mentor in Baker, and explore Boston with friends.


photo of Gina Li

Hello! My name is Gina Li ( I'm from the mountains of southwest Virginia and a senior double majoring in Economics and Math. This will be my third year as an associate advisor, and I will be working with Professor Peter Shor. I also UROP in Economics and am co-President of Smart Women's Securities. I love answering questions and getting to meet new people, so if you ever see me around, please say "hi'! You'll probably find me watching movies, hanging out with my floor, and playing card games.

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I'm Kristina Schmidt (, and I'm from Miami, Florida. I'm a senior in Course 2, and I'm concentrating in Women and Gender Studies. This is my third year being an associate advisor. I've advised in a seminar for 2 years and I'm looking forward to advisee in a traditional group this year. I love getting to know my freshmen during the entire first semester, and I am looking forward to organizing freshman evets with you in BC. I spend my time hanging out on my floor, watching Disney movies, and reading about random topics.

East Campus

Head shot of Liz Martin

My name is Liz Martin ( and I grew up down the Jersey Shore, but currently live in Lexington, MA. I'm a junior studying Course 6-7 (Computer Science and Biology). This is my second year as an Associate Advisor with Professor Shuguang Zhang in the Media Lab. I'm also an East Campus Medlink and a Hall Chair for my hall (Fourth East). Outside of academics, I'm on the Varsity Lightweight Crew Team and the Vice President of the Figure Skating Club. Being part of a tight-knit community and team has been really important in my MIT experience, so I hope to foster more of that in EC!


photo of Amy Wang

I’m Amy Wang ( from New York City. I’m a junior majoring in Chemical Engineering (Course 10). I have a passion for exploring cities, listening to music, and pretending to be a sous chef extraordinaire. I’m also Community Health Coordinator of MedLinks Exec and Corporate Relations officer for AICHE. This is my second year on the Steering Committee, and I’m so excited to meet freshmen and watch them thrive at this magical place! I hope to foster a supportive community at MacGregor House and host fun and fulfilling events for freshmen for this coming year.


Hello there! My name's Venita Boodhoo ( and I'm originally from Trinidad & Tobago, a group of twin islands in the Caribbean. I'm currently a junior majoring in Course 6-2 (with a slightly greater preference for the EE side) with a concentration in Ancient & Medieval Studies. I'm involved in the Lecture Series Committee and Asian Dance Team. The first person I know to show up for a Friday night showing gets in for free!  I like baking, playing Scrabble and all forms of written works. I also occasionally do IM tennis. This is my second year as an Associate Advisor. I hope I can help you keep the same happy smiling faces that I saw when you first entered MIT throughout the rest of your freshmen year.

New House

Photo of Christian Cardozo

I’m Christian Cardozo (, and I’m a member of the class of 2017 from Miami, Florida studying electrical engineering. This is my first years as an associate advisor Outside of academics, I am passionate about teaching and have been involved as a TA and advisor in the Experimental Study Group over the past few years. I’m also very interested in film and have done work in video and photography for various offices at the Institute in my time here. I have also worked closely with the Interphase EDGE program this past summer, in-and-out of media as a resource for upcoming students about all aspects of MIT. The work ahead could not look more exciting!


Hi, I’m Sanchit Bhattacharjee ( and I am originally from Miami, Florida. I am currently a junior double majoring in mathematics and EECS with a concentration in economics. Beyond academics, I have varied interests, including being a MedLink, playing IM sports, and trying to start a low time-commitment music group. I am eager to get to know and be helpful to as many freshmen as I can, and on a given day am either watching sitcoms or playing ping-pong, so feel free to say hi (or get a ping-pong match in) if you run into me!