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Our Health Professions Advising Coordinator position is currently vacant. Until that position is filled, the responsibilities are being covered by Michelle Bulger, Director of the Science and Mathematics Advising Resource Team (SMART).

Aside from her administrative and Health Professions Advising responsibilities, she also advises upperclassmen who are new majors in the Life Sciences (BINF, BIOC, BIOL, BIOE, CHEM, CHED and TLST 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.  Over the course of her UMBC career, 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.


Melissa Huselton is the Health Professions Preparation Coach/Advisor. They work with students who are taking first and second year science prerequisite courses for professional school (BIOL 141, BIOL 142, BIOL 302, BIOL 303, CHEM 101, CHEM 102, CHEM 351, and CHEM 352).  Mx. Huselton can provide information and resources that students can use to make the best decisions for themselves as they explore a career in medicine, dentistry, podiatry, optometry, or veterinary medicine.

Melissa has over ten years of experience in higher education, supporting students in service-learning, academic program coordination, and academic advising. Melissa possesses a Master of Science in Academic Advising from Kansas State University.

Advising Philosophy: Each student has unique strengths, values, and experiences.  I view the role of advising as helping students identify the personal qualities that they can use to meet the needs of society in a role that is congruent with their values, and to help them develop the tools to create a pathway to their goals.




Pauline McElroy came to UMBC to serve as the Advisor for the STEM BUILD@UMBC Training Program. As that program comes to an end, Ms. McElroy is bringing her experience working with pre-health students at UMBC and at Indiana University-Bloomington to the PreMedical and PreDental Advising Office.

Ms. McElroy works with pre-health students who have completed first and second year science prerequisite courses for professional school (BIOL 141, BIOL 142, BIOL 302, BIOL 303, CHEM 101, CHEM 102, CHEM 351, and CHEM 352).

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