Contact Us

Mailing Address:
Pre-Professional Advising
E-3310 Melville Library
Stony Brook, NY 11794-3351


Phone: (631) 632-7080

Fax: (631) 632-9259


Pre-Professional Advisors

Lauren Byrnes
Pre-Professional Advisor

Lauren earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Ceramics and Art History from the University of Hartford in 2007 and her Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration at Stony Brook University some years later. While earning her M.A. at Stony Brook she worked as a Graduate Staff Assistant for the Office of Student Activities for two years. In addition, she also worked as a Graduate Assistant for the Office of Multicultural Affairs, advised Transfer Orientations, taught ADV 101 and worked as a Graduate Resident Assistant. Lauren is thrilled to start her professional career at Stony Brook University and join the Pre-Professional Advising Staff. 


Lakshmi Ramsoondar
Assistant Director for Pre-Professional Advising

Lakshmi earned her B.A. in Asian and Asian American Studies and Political Science, and later earned her M.A. in Public Policy at Stony Brook. During her undergraduate career, Lakshmi worked as an Orientation Leader, and became a part of the advising family as an Academic Peer Advisor in her senior year.
After graduation with her undergraduate degree, Lakshmi worked as a Graduate Assistant in the Undergraduate Admissions Office and as an Assistant Coordinator for Community Standards in Campus Residences. Graduating in 2010 with her M.A., she began to pursue a career in higher education and worked as a Residence Hall Director at SB. Lakshmi has always loved working with, and advising students. She is super excited to rejoin the group as a Pre-Professional Advisor and looks forward to giving much seawolf support to our students!

James Montren
Senior Associate Director for Pre-Professional Advising

James serves as the Pre-Professional Advisor in the Center. He graduated from New York University, studying a wide-range of topics, languages, literature and linguistics - mainly Russian, German, Gothic, and Old Church Slavic - in pursuit of his bachelor's and master's degrees. Jim's advising and Pre-Health experience began at NYU in the early 90s.