NSCS Admissions, Advising, and Recruitment

Alex Samoy-Alvarado

Academic Advisor

Advises Last Names A-K


(520) 621-3337 office

Rm 626 Gould-Simpson

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My name is Alex Samoy-Alvarado, and I am happy to once again be a part of the Neuroscience and Cognitive Science Program here at the University of Arizona. I graduated from the NSCS program in 2014 with an emphasis in Learning and Memory (now called the Cognition emphasis). I used my knowledge of learning and memory to teach middle school and high school students math and science for three years at a local charter school. While teaching, I discovered my passion for helping youth achieve at their highest possible level, academically and otherwise. I am excited to bring that passion back to the table that served me, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to aid the young and brilliant minds of the NSCS community as an academic advisor. Outside of work, I am a musician at heart. I teach the drumline at Rincon/University High School, I play drums for a local band, and I am a bit of a bedroom music producer for fun on the side. When I’m not immersed in music, I love interacting with people. Please feel free to get in touch with me via phone, email, or in person. I look forward to meeting you!      

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 everyone! I'm Becca and I am very fortunate to have been a part of the Neuroscience and Cognitive Science Undergraduate Program since it began in 2010. In the short time since then, our program has attracted a large number of students to the University of Arizona specifically to complete our undergraduate major. Our team of extremely dedicated faculty, devoted staff, and incredible students have built this program into what is now considered a flagship program in the UA's College of Science and at the Univeristy overall. I couldn't ask for a better program to work for and I am so excited to see what the next few years will bring as we continue to work toward making the UA's NSCS Program even better. Thanks for stopping by our website and don’t hesitate to contact any of the NSCS staff or our Program Director with any questions, comments or suggestions that you may have.