Undergraduate Advisors

A message from the CS advisors:

As your advisors, we want to be clear with our students that we are committed to creating an inclusive, equitable, and safe environment for our campus community. We value our students’ identities and recognize the racist and oppressive systems in higher education that create challenges and pain that conflict with our commitment to our students. As advisors, we stand in solidarity with our students as we all tackle racist systems that create barriers to accessing a quality and safe educational environment.

We remain committed to evaluating ourselves, our privilege, and our advising practices to improve the student experience in the Computer Sciences Department and at UW-Madison. As part of our actions to dismantle oppressive systems, we are committed to providing our students a space to share their experiences, to be heard, and to be helped to the best of our ability. Our advising goes beyond just answering academic questions. We want you to know: We support you. You belong. You matter.

– Shelby, C-M, Kayla, Michael and Allison

Computer Sciences Academic Advising

Undergraduate Academic Advisors are located on the 4th floor of tower #2.  When entering the Computer Sciences building from Dayton Street, immediately turn left.  You will go through two sets of double doors and come to the elevator for tower #2.

CS Majors: Students can find their assigned advisor in the Academic Navigator via their MyUW portal.  Sign up for appointments in the Starfish app in MyUW.  Appointments are being held in either in person OR virtually; check Starfish for details. 

Current UW Undeclared Students: Undeclared students are welcome to make an appointment with any of the five CS Undergraduate Academic Advisors.  Sign up for appointments in the Starfish app in MyUW.  Appointments are being held either in person OR virtually; check Starfish for details. Appointments for undeclared  students may be limited during peak times.

Quick Questions: If a student has a quick question, advising@cs.wisc.edu is a great resource.  You can expect a response within one business day.

Enrollment issues/course permissions:  Email enrollment@cs.wisc.edu.  If you are requesting course access or changes to enrollment, please include your student ID number in your email. Courses above CS 400 are typically reserved for students officially declared in a Comp Sci program. Undeclared students will need to wait until this restriction is lifted to be able to enroll/waitlist. This restriction is applied through Sophomore enrollment.


Shelby Arkin


Shelby joined the UW and the Department of Computer Sciences in January 2020.  Prior to her job at UW, she worked in the Madison Metropolitan School District as a high school counselor.  Shelby has a bachelor’s in special education from UW–Eau Claire and a master’s degree in school counseling from Concordia University.

C-M Daeley


C-M joined the department in 2022 and is a foodie and former ESL educator. He has a BA in Theater Arts from Gonzaga University and MAs in Teaching (WWU) and Applied Linguistics (UMass: Boston). C-M loves to chat about music, art, travel, and food and is delighted to be working with you!

Kayla Lentz


Before joining Computer Sciences in fall 2022, Kayla worked as an administrator and a Residence Life Coordinator at UW-Madison. She earned her B.S. in Sociology (2014) and her M.S. of Education (2016), both from UW-La Crosse. Kayla’s favorite part of working with students is seeing how they use their time at UW to learn about themselves and their academic passions.

Michael Radloff


Before joining the Computer Sciences Department in 2020, Michael advised students in Electrical and Computer Engineering at UW–Madison. He holds a bachelor’s degree in communication arts from UW–Madison and a master’s in clinical mental health counseling from UW–Whitewater. Michael enjoys chatting with students about a variety of topics, especially as they relate to academic and personal success.

Areas of Expertise

Undergraduate Advisors
Shelby Arkin, C-M Daeley, Kayla Lentz, Michael Radloff, Allison Wanger

Reasons to meet with an Academic Advisor:

Computer Sciences requirements and course selection
L&S requirements and policies
ISS forms
Study abroad
SAP appeals
Honors in the major
Academic probation
Other personal concerns

Faculty Advisor – Office hours by appointment

Mouna Ayari Ben Hadj Kacem – ayaribenhadj@wisc.edu

Michael Doescher – mdoescher@wisc.edu

Mohit Gupta – mohitg@cs.wisc.edu 

Paris Koutris – paris@cs.wisc.edu

Reasons to meet with a Faculty Advisor:

Specializations in the field
Graduate school for CS
Research in CS