Carnegie Mellon University

2022 Academic Advising Award Recipient

Maggie Braun

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs, Mellon College of Science and Teaching Professor, Department of Biological Sciences

Maggie Braun began her career at Carnegie Mellon in 2008 as Assistant Department Head for Undergraduate Affairs in the Department of Biological Sciences, where she was responsible for advising all majors, curriculum development, and program administration. In 2016, she was appointed as Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs in the Mellon College of Science (MCS), where she now advises the first-year students, student-defined majors, and general studies majors in MCS and coordinates curriculum development at the college level. She works closely with all advisors in MCS to support the success of the entire undergraduate population in the college.

Dr. Braun’s approach to advising students is inclusive of students from all backgrounds as they grow as scholars, professionals, citizens, and people. She meets one-on-one with students to develop individualized short- and long-term goals — including academic and non-academic goals— for their time at Carnegie Mellon. Dr. Braun truly enjoys seeing students reach their full potential as students and in life. Her advising connections continue with many alumni as well, supporting them through career changes and post-secondary application processes.

Dr. Braun has mentored students through a variety of courses including the Phage Genomics Research course and the Summer Research Institute. She led the creation and teaching of the MCS first-year seminar course called EUREKA! Discovery and Its Impact, which holistically supports students as they transition to college.  She co-created and co-taught the capstone course for the general studies major, which supports students as they define and describe their experiences at CMU as they prepare to leave campus.

Dr. Braun supports students outside of the classroom through her work co-advising the MCS Student Advisory Council and as a faculty mentor in Coaching and Mentoring Progress and Success in Science (COMPASS) minority mentoring program. She serves at the university level on committees focused on student case management and student separation from CMU, which support student success across campus.