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Our Staff

Meet the OISS department administration and advisors and learn about the specific audiences they serve.

Please contact your advisor via email or telephone and we will do our best to respond within three business days (we are closed on weekends). You can also schedule an appointment with your advisor on the OISS portal.

Contacting multiple people at the International Office only causes confusion and delay. Thank you for your patience.

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Geet Vanaik

Director

Phone: 847-491-5979
Email: gvanaik@northwestern.edu

Contact me for:

  • Policies impacting the international community
  • Government and University directives
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Ariana Drule

Int'l Scholar Advisor

Phone: 847-491-2599
Email: ariana.drule@northwestern.edu

Contact me for:

  • Employment/Scholar visas for: Feinberg School of Medicine and Affiliates 
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Cara Mitchell Lawson

Assistant Director of Scholar Services

Phone: 847-467-6522
Email: c-lawson@northwestern.edu

Contact me for:

  • Employment/Scholar visas for: McCormick School of Engineering, Bienen School of Music, Medill, Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences, Northwestern University-Qatar, NUIT, School of Communication, School of Education and Social Policy, Northwestern Buffett, Central Administration (Athletics, Block Museum, Library, etc.), and Centers: ANSER, CBIE, ChiMaD, CIERA, CLP, IIN, ISE, NAISE, NUANCE, Sleep & Circadian Biology, SQI, and Materials Research Center.
  • Legal Permanent Residency
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Jennifer Mok

Int'l Scholar Advisor

Phone: 847-491-5615
Email: jennifer.mok@northwestern.edu

Contact me for:

  • Employment/Scholar visas for: Feinberg School of Medicine including Basic Administration, Pritzker School of Law, WCAS Physics and Astronomy
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Hongji Wang

Program Assistant

Phone: 847-467-2351
Email: hongji.wang@northwestern.edu

Contact me for:

  • Travel signature on immigration document
  • I-20/DS-2019 reprint requests
  • document pick-up/shipments
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Mark Zajac

SEVIS Coordinator

Phone: 847-491-3228
Email: mark.zajac@northwestern.edu

Contact me for:

  • F-1/J-1 student advising for new (incoming) students: 
    Immigration document requests & deferrals; transferring SEVIS record to NU; F-1/J-1 visa application questions
  • Int'l student admissions
Schedule an appointment with Mark