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Peer Facilitators


Peer facilitators are upper-level Cognitive Science students who support their peers through:

  • Increasing awareness about the CogSci major on campus
  • Helping undeclared students explore whether or not CogSci is a good fit
  • Creating a sense of community amongst declared CogSci students
  • Answering curriculum/class registration questions for their peers
  • Working with their peers on decisions about the future, and the best way to market CogSci as they pursue grad school, internships, or jobs
  • Offering strategies to support their peers in time management and studying
  • Sharing the student perspective with their peers on courses and opportunities such as research and study abroad


Peer Facilitators will have virtual office hours for Fall 2020 starting after Labor Day (Sept 7th). If your question is specific to your track of study, you may prefer to meet with a Peer Facilitator on that track. However, even Peer Facilitators not on your track will be able to help you with most, if not all, questions.

Don't see a time that works for you? Email cogsci.peerfacilitators@umich.edu to schedule!

 

Taylor Adams: Senior, Language & Cognition

Ask her about: your general CogSci questions, study abroad, dual degrees, pursuing grad school

Why CogSci: The mind is cool... and so is the voice!

Experiences: Dual degree with SMTD (voice major), creative writing minor, studied abroad in France

Hopes: Go to grad school for music and speech science

More about Taylor: Co-authoring a book with her best friend, v amateur golfer, might want to learn tennis, amateur librarian and ~25% of her books are middle grade fantasy, playing  a lot of Xbox during covid (Halo 4 and Kung Fu Panda)

 

Billy Chesbrough, Senior, Decision & Cognition

Ask him about: your general CogSci questions, business + CogSci, the internship search

Why CogSci: Fascinated by how people think, make, and evaluate decisions

Experiences: Econ double major, Phi Chi Theta Business Fraternity, goalie for Men’s Club Lacrosse, Data Analyst Intern at Quicken Loans

Hopes: Work as a Data Analyst out West!

More about Billy: Only one in his family of Spartans to be a Wolverine, avid traveler, excellent at making exactly one food: breakfast sandwiches, big board/card game fan (a settler in the world of Catan), obsessed with HBO

 

Aly Chua, Senior, Decision & Cognition

Ask her about: your general CogSci questions, business + CogSci, the internship search

Why CogSci: To study the human mind and its processes 

Experiences: Asian studies minor, Consumer Behavior research at Ross, campus jobs at Hatcher and the Mathlab, tech internship this summer 

Hopes: Work in digital strategy, eventually get an MBA

More about Aly: Multilingual, adrenaline junkie (loves travelling, roller coasters, bungee jumping, etc.), dog lover, foodie, musician (plays guitar, piano, Chinese violin, bamboo flute, and trying to learn the drums!)

 

Lucas DeYoung, Senior, Philosophy Track

Ask him about: your general CogSci questions, pre-med curriculum, study abroad

Why CogSci:  Loved COGSCI 200!

Experiences: Neuroscience double  major and pre-med, studied abroad in the DR, climbing club, works as a medical scribe

Hopes: Pursue medical school and become a physician

More about Lucas: Consumer of music (currently into shoegaze and psych rock), in love with travelling and the outdoors, currently enjoying classic movies with housemates, board game enthusiast, rock climber

 

Maria Marginean, Senior, Computation & Cognition

Ask her about: your general CogSci questions, CogSci + Computer Science, the internship search 

Why CogSci: To explore the intersection of computer science & language and learn more about the brain

Experiences: Computer Science double major, WTF magazine website manager, remote intern with Target

Hopes: Pursue a career as a software developer

More about Maria: writer (loves creative and analytical writing), traveler, daughter and sister, a new puppy mom to Maizie (soft-coated Wheaten Terrier), an artist (watercolor landscapes and portraits)

 

Abby Richburg, Senior, Philosophy Track

Ask her about: your general CogSci questions, research, pursuing grad school, study abroad

Why CogSci: To explore the philosophical implications of cognition through an interdisciplinary lens

Experiences: Psych double major and Gender & Health minor, study abroad in Rwanda and Uganda, work as a research assistant, and involvement in a cappella and mental health orgs

Hopes: Pursue a PhD in Developmental Psych

More about Abby: 1 of 5 daughters, has lived in 5 states (including TN this summer with her girlfriend), cat mom, and currently obsessed with matcha lattes

 

Sarah Wish, Senior, Decision & Cognition

Ask her about: your general CogSci questions, study abroad, internship search

Why CogSci: Loves learning about the mind, especially from multiple perspectives

Experiences: Psych double major, studied abroad in Copenhagen, co-president of Hillel Outdoor Adventures, held a virtual internship with a tech non-profit

Hopes: Travel, work, maybe go to grad school one day

More about Sarah: Avid biker (has even gone on a bike tour across the US), older sister, running an Insta about COVID-19 student support (@covid19studentsupport), big fan of Breaking Bad and Black Mirror, dog-lover

Eva Yeh, Junior, Language & Cognition

Ask her about: your general CogSci questions, research, pre-speech and hearing

Why CogSci: Fascinated by language, communication, and the human race’s need for it

Experiences: Linguistics major, research on campus, worked as an RA and at the ELI, involvement in Pre-Speech & Hearing Club, leader of ASB, IM basketball

Hopes: Work with children and adults with disabilities in a speech-related field

More about Eva: Music lover (plays piano & guitar; always listening to music), cook-in-training, loves the outdoors, early riser, enjoying Schitt’s Creek & Umbrella Academy