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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 Facilitator Advising
Peer facilitators will offer in-person, virtual, or phone advising throughout the semester, with the ability to select their preferred format.
In order to safely social distance, the study tables in the Weiser Suite will be allocated for peer facilitators only.
In accordance with University policy, students MUST wear a mask at advising appointments, regardless of vaccination status. Students who refuse to wear a mask will have their appointment cancelled.
Students may only come a maximum of 5 minutes prior to their appointment and must wait in designated areas. If a student has not checked in 10 minutes after their appointment slot, their appointment will be cancelled.
Don't see a time that works for you? Email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule!
Nithin Weerasinghe, Senior, Computation Track
Ask Nithin about: your general CogSci questions, research, study abroad, dual degrees, pursuing grad school, the internship search
Why CogSci: Fascinated by how the mind works and believe it’s important in just about everything we do
Experiences: Computer science dual degree, complex systems minor, Multidisciplinary Design Project, research, studied abroad in Hong Kong, data technology internship
Hopes after graduation: Go to grad school and use machine learning or human-computer interaction to help bring good to the world
More about Nithin: Detroit Lions fan, plays the campus carillon (bell tower), enjoys podcasts, graphic design, board games, anime, cooking, and just spending time with friends.
Madeline Trumbauer, Senior, Decision Track
Ask Madeline about: General Cogsci questions, course questions, dual-degree (with UMSI specifically if it's relevant!), internship search
Why Cogsci: To strengthen my critical thinking and writing skills through a wide breadth of topics
Experiences: UMSI double major, Students for Reproductive Rights and Justice Volunteer Chair, Climate Blue, Marketing internship this summer
Hopes after graduation: A marketing or informatics job in a big city
More about Madeline: I’m a runner. I love reading fiction, playing piano, and going for walks around the parks in Ann Arbor.
Olivia Tjernlund, Senior, Philosophy Track
Ask Olivia about: General CogSci questions, linguistics + CogSci, pursuing grad school, pre-speech and hearing, decision making!
Experiences: Linguistics double major and music minor, piccolo player in the Michigan Marching Band, involvement in Pre-Speech & Hearing club
Hopes after graduation: Attend grad school for Speech-Language Pathology!
More about Olivia – Things you're interested in outside of Academics: I love to swing dance (come to MSwing meetings, we'd love to have you!), I coach high school rowing at my alma mater, and my greatest flaw as a human being has been hate-watching really trashy reality TV over the last several months (but I'm always open to hearing Bachelor theories).
Julia Smoot, Senior, Decision Track
Ask Julia about: Getting involved in research, writing an honors thesis, gender and sexuality studies, being a double major (math), deciding on a major, starting a club at Umich
Why CogSci: I chose CogSci because I love that it combines so many different fields. I had a hard time picking the right major and I felt that CogSci was a great fit because it allowed me to study the mind through a lot of different viewpoints.
Experiences: Double major (math), research assistant, writing an honors thesis
Hopes after graduation: I hope to go to grad school and become a researcher!
More about Julia: founder of the Michigan Dressage team, grew up on a farm, loves to bake, avid tea lover, is one Smoot tall
Jake Mayr, Junior, Computation Track
Ask Jake about: your general CogSci questions, Computer Science + CogSci, the internship search
Why CogSci: Really enjoys learning about the mind and how it works
Experiences: Computer Science double major, Software Engineer Intern at Garmin, was the social chair for MRun
Hopes after graduation: Work as a Software Engineer / Project Manager
More about Jake: From Florida, loves playing sports (right now it’s soccer and volleyball), MRun, plays too many video games (basically anything on PC or Switch), and misplaces his airpods every other day
Elise Whitney, Senior, Philosophy Track
Ask Elise about: double major, minor, research/thesis, grad school
Why CogSci: studying the mind/why humans do what they do, and the best department!
Experiences: psych double major, entrepreneurship minor, honors thesis and 3+ years research experience, working as a TA for entrepreneurship course, virtual internship
Hopes after graduation: PhD in Clinical Psychology and to keep learning forever
More about Elise: Love dogs (I have two pups), traveling, family of Wolverines, big fan of all Marvel movies
Alicia Haun, Junior, Decision Track
Ask Alicia about: Cognitive Science Community, informational interviews, networking, cogsci + business, general questions
Why CogSci: Because my favorite book is When Breath Becomes Air! Love how interdisciplinary cogsci is and how supportive weinberg is
Experiences: English minor, Sweetland Peer Writing Consultant, president of Cognitive Science Community, Student Ambassador for the Opportunity Hub
Hopes after graduation: Become a positive change agent informed by positive organizational psychology; settle down in Oregon or Washington
More about Alicia: Always baking for friends or doing crafts. Passionate collector of teas and books (favorite places in Ann Arbor: Nicola's Books, Dawn Treader, TeaHaus, Spice & Tea Merchants
Eva Yeh, Senior, Language Track
Ask Eva about: Double Major, Language Track, Research, Applying to Grad School (Speech Language Pathology), general CogSci questions
Why CogSci: The human brain is so cool! And languages are so amazing.
Experiences: Linguistics major, research on campus, worked as an RA in Housing, worked at the ELI (English Language Institute), involvement in Pre-Speech & Hearing Club, Semester in Detroit, UCCF UM-ACTS Internship.
Hopes after graduation: Grad school (Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology)
More about Eva – Things you're interested in outside of Academics: Outdoor person, likes to cook and try new recipes, enjoys making Spotify playlists for her friends :) Will talk about all things language and culture with you!
Stephanie Hong, Senior, Decision Track
Ask Stephanie About: Your general CogSci questions, dual degrees, pursuing a business PhD, the internship search
Why CogSci: I'm excited about discovering how and why people make the decisions they do!
Experiences: Business double major, 3x intern at P&G, research assistant at Ross, Harvard, & UChicago, president of MEG Consulting
Hopes after graduation: Either become a full time research associate or a business PhD candidate... but keeping an open mind about everything :)
More about Stephanie: RA at stockwell, dog lover, extreme couponing video binge watcher, jazz, trap, and r&b fan, went on an alternative spring break trip to Guatemala