2015 Outstanding Associate Advisors

Leslie Bottari, Staff Associate, UAAP

Each year, UAAP recognizes two outstanding associate advisors. The nominations reached an all-time high for the second consecutive year, affirming that students value freshman advising and are committed to mentoring freshmen and supporting their advisors.

Nancy Lu, Junior in Course 10Nancy Lu
Associate Advisor for Professor Preetinder Virk

Lu’s freshman advisor said that “she has a winning personality, composed, friendly, and alert, with an understated manner. She listens with care and can express her views persuasively. She evinces a humanistic warmth that encourages others to share their concerns and look for solutions.” Virk added, “Having advised freshmen here at MIT since 1992, with assistance from perhaps 20 dedicated and caring associate advisors over the years, I can say that Nancy has been among the very best.”

Tara Lee (RBA), Sophomore in Course 20Tara Lee
Associate Advisor for Dean Stuart Schmill

Lee’s advisor wrote that "she has been really terrific! Tara has been super proactive in contacting me to make sure our advising meetings went well and organized all our social events.” Schmill also noted that “Lee was very supportive during the difficult time on campus with the suicides, particularly the one that affected the Maseeh community; she sought out each advisee and made a personal care package for them. She is wonderful all around!