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Peer Advising

Our Cognitive Science Peer Facilitators are academic leaders on campus who work closely with our Academic Program Specialist and Student Services Coordinator. They are available for one-on-one advising, host office hours, and assist with outreach to prospective students. If you are are first- or second-year student interested in majoring in cognitive science, or if you are current student who needs advice about courses, please make an appointment with one of our peer facilitators today!

What do Cognitive Science Peer Facilitators do?
Peer facilitators...

  • Help students learn more about what the cognitive science major has to offer
  • Answer general questions about the major from a student perspective
  • Help students connect with others in the major (networking)
  • Answer registration questions
  • Offer strategies to improve time management and study skills
  • Give feedback regarding courses for the study tracks

When are Cognitive Science Peer Facilitators available?
Cognitive science peer facilitators are available each week while classes are in session during the Fall and Winter terms from the first through the last day of classes. To talk with a peer facilitator, stop by the student lounge area of the Weinberg Institute during drop-in hours or send an email to to make an appointment.

Who are the Cognitive Science Peer Facilitators?
The Cognitive Science Peer Facilitators are 3rd-, 4th-, or 5th-year students majoring in Cognitive Science. Two peer facilitators are available for each study track. Click on the names below to read a short bio and see drop-in hours.

Pictured above, back row, from left, are Grayson Yin, Savannah DeMil, Elle Konrad, and RJ Duquette. Front row: Jocelyn Brickman and Elizabeth McGowan. Not pictured: Mansi Brahmbhatt.

Computation & Cognition: RJ Duquette

Winter 2019 Drop-In Hours: Contact via email to schedule.

RJ is in his fifth year studying cognitive science (computation) and computer science with minors in music and multidisciplinary design. He plans to enter industry after graduation in May and is particularly interested in helping others market cognitive science to the tech field, as well as helping students get involved with research or project teams at Michigan, (especially those interested in Multidisciplinary Design Program (MDP). RJ is also happy to help with course selection and electives, balancing work/school/extra-curricular life, study strategies, and anything else students need to be successful at U-M.

Computation & Cognition: Grayson Yin

Winter 2019 Drop-in Hours:
Thursday: 1-3 pm

Grayson Yin is a senior majoring in cognitive science, computation and mathematics. In 2017, he came to U-M as a transfer student and switched his major from psychology to cognitive science. His major interests include machine learning algorithms, philosophy of mind, and (broadly speaking) the idea of brain as computational machine. This year, Grayson is doing research with Professor Jun Zhang in the Mind, Machine and Mathematics (M3) Lab. He’s also involved in the Cognitive Science Community and Math Club here at U-M. In the near future, Grayson plans to apply to graduate school. Believe it or not, says Grayson, "all mentation is computation!"

Decision & Cognition: Elle Konrad

Winter 2019 Drop-in Hours
Tuesday & Thursday: 11 am-1 pm

Elle is a junior in LSA on the Decision and Cognition track of the Cognitive Science major with potential minors in either Art and Design or Entrepreneurship--or both. She is interested in the science behind how people make decisions and hopes to apply this knowledge to marketing or consumer habits in general. She plans to find a job after graduation and would even consider international locations. Elle is a student manager for the Michigan Men’s Lacrosse team, which means she helps facilitate practices and games, both home and away. Her passions include the summer camp where she works, Camp Al-Gon-Quian (where she has spent summers since she was 8), as well as her dog and spending time with family! Elle was a competition dancer though high school and currently enjoys going to the gym!

Decision & Cognition: Elizabeth McGowan

Winter 2019 Drop-in Hours:
Tuesdays & Thursdays: 2-4 pm

Elizabeth is a senior graduating in May 2019 with a cognitive science major (decision and cognition track) and an entrepreneurship minor. She is interested in the business side of things, such as consumer trends and marketing. She also has a passion for journalism and broadcasting and recently completed an internship at Detroit Metro Airport where she worked in the external and governmental affairs department. After graduation, she plans to find a job, wherever that may take her. Elizabeth loves traveling, and two years ago, she spent an entire summer studying abroad in Rome and traveling throughout Italy. Elizabeth formerly lived in Arizona and spends her vacations in Colorado. Golfing, white-water rafting, and skiing are some of her favorite things to do out west.

Language & Cognition: Jocelyn Brickman

Winter 2019 Drop-in Hours:
Monday: 11:30 am-1 pm & Wednesday: 12 pm-1:30 pm

Jocelyn is a senior studying cognitive science on the language and cognition track with minors in computer science and music. She has done research in the Psycholinguistics Lab for the past two years and is now completing her honors thesis on the linguistic cues of lying. Jocelyn is interested in multiple career options including artificial intelligence, forensic linguistics, and clinical psychology. After graduation, she plans on joining the workforce to explore which of these she would like to specialize in. On campus, Jocelyn plays trumpet in the Michigan Marching Band, is a member of Alpha Gamma Delta, and is an Honors 135 instructor.

Philosophy & Cognition: Mansi Brahmbhatt

Winter 2019 Drop-in Hours:
Mondays 1:30-4:30 pm & Thursdays 9:30 a.m-12 p.m.

Mansi is a junior in LSA studying cognitive science in the philosophy track. She is also premed and has future plans to pursue medical school. Mansi loves to travel and has participated in several international humanitarian trips while in college. She loves to learn about the lives of people from their unique viewpoints, she says, “…and gain more knowledge about others in this crazy, giant world we live in.” In her spare time, Mansi enjoys dancing, photography, and music.

Philosophy & Cognition: Savannah DeMil

Winter 2019 Drop-in Hours:
Friday: 10:30 am-1:30 pm

Savannah is a senior studying BCN, Philosophy, and Cognitive Science within the Philosophy and Cognition track. After graduation, she plans to pursue a Master's degree in Public Health and then pursue a medical doctorate with the intention of becoming a pediatric surgeon. Her goal is to work within lower-income areas to help increase access to basic medical care. This past summer, Savannah had an internship at the headquarters of the World Health Organization, and she is currently a research assistant within the Center for Human Growth and Development. Aside from her professional activities, she is also a member of Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity and the U-M Rotaract Club. In her spare time, Savannah is training for her second marathon and also enjoys traveling and doing community service.