CNMS Advising Staff

In the College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences (CNMS), undergraduates are advised by a combination of professional Academic Advisors and faculty members from the department of a student’s declared major.

Advising Staff

Michelle Bulger photo
CNMS Dean’s Office, UC 116
410-455-5850Follow me on Twitter and Pinterest.
Michelle Bulger is the Director of the Science and Mathematics Advising Resource Team (SMART). Aside from her administrative responsibilities, she advises upperclassmen who are new majors in the Life Sciences (BINF, BIOC, BIOL, BIOE, CHEM, and CHED majors). She has been involved in programs for first-year student success from the time that she was selected as an undergraduate peer leader for the New Student Experience programs at her alma mater, Salisbury University. After earning her Bachelor’s (Biology) and Master’s (Post-Secondary Education) degrees at Salisbury, she spent several years in Student Affairs positions before coming to UMBC.  Ms. Bulger has served as a Transfer Credit Evaluator for the Office of the Registrar, an Academic Advisor for the departments of Biological Sciences and Chemistry & Biochemistry, and has been an instructor in the “Introduction to an Honors University” program.

Advising Philosophy: For many of our students, this will be one of the first times that they have assumed complete control over their academic decisions. I see advisors in a supporting role, providing students with the information that they need to make their own choices – ones that are appropriate for both their short-term needs and their long-term goals.
UC 205
Julie Crosby is the Assistant Director for Student Transitions, primarily focusing on advising freshmen in the Life Sciences (BINF, BIOC, BIOL, BIOE, CHEM and CHED).   She has been a member of the UMBC community since her transfer to UMBC over ten years ago.  During her time at UMBC, Julie has earned her Bachelor’s (Sociology) and Master’s (Applied Sociology) degrees and worked as an Orientation Advisor before transitioning into her current role as an Academic Advisor for the Life Sciences.  Besides serving as an Academic Advisor, Julie is also an instructor in the “Introduction to an Honors University” program.

Advising Philosophy: Life is full of transitions and transitioning to UMBC (as either a freshman or transfer) will be an important step in maturing as a student and as an individual.  I see the importance of advisors in providing support and guidance during this transitional period.  It is my hope that students not only learn course material, but also learn lifelong lessons during their time here at UMBC.

UC 205

Christine Powers is the Assistant Director for Student Success in CNMS who — among her other duties — primarily focuses on advising freshmen in the Life Sciences (BINF, BIOC, BIOL, BIOE, CHEM and CHED). In 2004, Christine joined the UMBC community as a Sondheim Public Affairs Scholar and Honors College student. During this time she was able to study abroad in Rome, Italy and completed her Bachelor of Arts in History with minors in both Ancient Studies and Political Science. Upon graduation, Christine remained at UMBC in order to complete a Master’s in Historical Studies while also holding the position of a Teaching Assistant and participating in New Student Orientation as an advisor. Christine has served the College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences since 2011. In addition to her role as an Assistant Director she is also an instructor in the “Introduction to an Honors University” program.

Advising Philosophy: Beginning college is often one of the most stressful moments for a young adult. One of the greatest privileges of an academic advisor is being able to guide, encourage, and support students during this time while also ensuring that they embrace their newfound responsibility. To me, advising is teaching students the way towards many measures of success both in and out of the classroom.
UC 205
Kandace Racine is an Academic Advisor for CNMS, primarily focusing on advising freshmen in the Life Sciences (BINF, BIOC, BIOL, BIOE, CHEM and CHED). Before joining the UMBC community, Kandace earned her Bachelor’s (Business Management) and Master’s (Post-Secondary Education) from Salisbury University. While an undergraduate student, Kandace played collegiate soccer for Salisbury. During her graduate program, she served as an Academic Coach while also assisting students on academic probation.

Advising Philosophy: I want students to feel comfortable sharing both their successes and their struggles. In my mind, excellent advisors are empathetic, but firm when holding students accountable. Students should be heavily involved with their academic planning. I am here to provide the necessary resources and advice to make their plans a reality.
UC 205

Emma Barnaby  is the CNMS Student Success Coach, serving students across CNMS but focusing primarily on those taking introductory Biology and Chemistry courses. She works with professors, advocates in the Academic Success Center, career advisors, and many other campus partners to help students succeed. Emma earned her Bachelor’s degree in music history at the University of Toronto in 2016 and went on to pursue a Master’s degree in Musicology at the University of Pennsylvania, where she worked in residence life and taught undergraduate elective courses in music history while researching the history of professional child musicians in English cathedrals, with a particular focus on the absence (and recent inclusion) of women and girls. In her role at UMBC, she works with students on a variety of strategies for success, including time management, academic planning, study skills, and an introduction to university resources. You can make an appointment via if you’d like to schedule a meeting with Emma!

Advising Philosophy:
My goal as a success coach is not to teach students what to do, but to teach them how to learn. It’s important that students leave UMBC with the skills they need to create success for themselves, and my role is to help them learn to consult resources, build a schedule that works for them, and figure out what motivates them to achieve so that they can become their own agents for success. I believe that all students have an enormous capacity for learning and can succeed with the right tools. It’s important to focus on strengths just as much as weaknesses and for students to feel confident in building their own paths.


For CNMS Departmental Advising contacts, follow this link…


As a matter of UMBC policy and procedure, students are responsible for the management of their academic careers. They are expected to familiarize themselves with the undergraduate catalog and to remain informed of all published degree requirements and deadline dates. Failure to do so does not provide a basis for exceptions to academic requirements or policies.

It is expected students will receive assistance from academic and faculty advisors, but students must assume responsibility for completing published degree requirements.

– from the UMBC Undergraduate Catalog, Academic Requirements and Regulations


Below is the availability calendar for the CNMS’s professional Academic Advisors located in UC 205. Unless otherwise noted, Walk-In Hours generally occur Monday through Thursday – specific time frames for Walk-In availability will be posted on the outer door of the office suite.

The Academic Dates and Deadlines shown can be downloaded from the UMBC Registrar’s Office Academic Calendar.