NSCS Admissions, Advising, and Recruitment

Amye Chaparro

Academic Advisor

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Rm 626 Gould-Simpson

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"Hello, Neuroscience and Cognitive Science community! My name is Amye Chaparro and I am genuinely excited to serve you as an Academic Advisor. I am a University of Arizona alumna with a degree in Psychology. During my undergraduate career, my Academic Advisor served as a pillar of hope and guidance as I navigated the University system as a first-generation student. They provided vital resources and direction when I needed it most, and I hope to be as much service to you! I truly believe diversity and inclusivity is paramount to the ongoing success of the Neuroscience and Cognitive Science Program. I will make it my personal mission to put you first and educate myself continuously on the issues that surround our community and help to make it a safe and inclusive environment. With that being said, my door is always open. A little about me, I enjoy a little bit of everything that pushes me outside of my comfort zone. I have dabbled in rock climbing, road cycling, and recently took up mountain biking! My proudest achievements have been backpacking to the bottom of the Grand Canyon twice, and traversing down South Kaibab, to the river, and up Bright Angel Trail in one day! My pride and joy is my dog, Rogue. She is adventurous and constantly keeps me on my toes."

Rachel Ridlen

Senior Academic Advisor

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(520) 621-0384 office

Rm 628 Gould-Simpson

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"Hello!  My name is Rachel Ridlen and I am one of the academic advisors for our Neuroscience and Cognitive Science program.  I have been an advisor for several years and helping students succeed is one of my greatest passions.  My degree is in Psychology from Northern Arizona University where I took classes in several areas of psychological sciences including biopsychology and cognitive psychology as well as working in a psychology research lab.  I love being a part of this program because of its unique structure, great community feel, and amazing students.  In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband, David, and our two dogs, Artie and Mattie.  You’ll often find us taking in the beauty of the mountains, drinking iced tea, and lounging around.  Please feel free to stop by and chat at any time – my door is always open!"

Becca Van Sickler

Senior Program Coordinator


(520) 621-6643 office

Rm 624 Gould-Simpson


"Hi there! My name is Becca Van Sickler and I have had the pleasure of serving as the Program Coordinator for the Neuroscience and Cognitive Science Undergraduate Program since its inception in 2010. I earned my undergraduate degree in Organizational Leadership from the University of Arizona and am currently pursuing a master's degree in Human Relations as well as a graduate certificate in Higher Education Leadership online through Northern Arizona University. I am a Tucson native but moved around quite a bit growing up. I am very happy to be back in the warm desert! My hobbies include collecting house plants and fostering kittens. I am a foster volunteer for the Humane Society of Southern Arizona and have fostered a total of 40 kittens and 3 mama cats over the past two years (2019-2020)! Thanks for stopping by our website and don’t hesitate to contact me, one of our wonderful academic advisors, or our program director with any questions, comments, or suggestions you may have."