Meet our Peer Advisors:
Major Courses Taken: CogSci 1 (Li), MCB C61 (Presti), CS 61A (DeNero), Data 8 (Adhikari), Phil 3 (Campbell), Math 55 (over summer), CogSci C131 (Collins), Psych 140 (Engelmann), Educ 140AC (Hull & Fogel), Psych 150 (John), Psych 160 (Chen), Psych 114 (Wilbrecht), PbHlth 129 (Jagust), Psych C143 (Srinivasan), CogSci C142 (Reiger)
Current Courses: Psych 133 (Walker), Psych 134 (Fisher)
Major Courses Taken: Cognitive Science 1 (Isaac), Math 1A (Balmer), Data 8 (Adhikari), CS70 (Sahai), Philosophy 3, Psych 160 (Summer), Psych 144 (Summer), CogSci 170 (Isaac), MCB61 (Presti), Sociology 150 (Summer), Psych 147 (Kidd)
Current Courses: Ling 100 (Jenks), CogSci 100 (Chan)
Major Courses Taken: Data 8, CS61A (Garcia), CogSci 1B (Pageler), Math 55 (Holtz), Psych C61 (Presti), CogSci 170 (Isaac), CogSci C100 (Chan), CogSci 131 (Ramirez), Ling 100 (Jenks), CogSci 180 (Pageler), Social 150 (Powers), Psych 134 (Fisher), Social 167 (Lin)
Current Courses: CogSci 190 (Chan), Psych 133 (Walker), Ling 150 (Bleaman)
Heyo! My name is Christina and I’m a fourth year majoring in Cognitive Science and Psychology. I came in intending to study MCB but luckily discovered how niche of a major CogSci is after taking CogSci 1 with Paul Li (best class!) and how it encapsulates all of my interests. My absolute favorite CogSci classes so far have been CogSci C100 (Basic Issues in Cognition) with Davina Chan, Psych 150 (Personality Psychology) with Oliver John, and CogSci C126 (Perception) with David Whitney. My career interests include how AI can better assist optometrists during eye exams in detecting eye diseases and translating for foreign patients and am currently on the Pre-Optometry track. On campus, I am a research assistant in the Family and Culture Lab with Professor Qing Zhou studying the effects of bilingual experience on socio-cultural development among young children in the Bay Area. I am a member of CSSA and have loved every second of the tight knit CogSci community, come join your fellow CogSci peers! When I’m not studying, I enjoy being outside and spend most of my time hiking, backpacking, open water swimming, surfing, rollerblading, and chilling on glade! Feel free to hit me up about CogSci/Psych, research, optometry, hiking, or anything at all! Go bears!!
Major Courses Taken: MCB C61 (Presti), CogSci 1 (Li), Data 8 (Sridharan & Sahai), Philos 3 (Lee), CS 61A (over summer), CogSci 170 (Isaac), CogSci C100 (Chan), CogSci 131 (Ramirez), Ling 100 (Jenks), Psych 160 (Gorchoff), Psych 150 (John), CogSci 190 (Chan), Psych 131 (Zhou), Math 55 (Laney College), CogSci C126 (Whitney), Psych 134 (Fisher)
Current Courses: Psych 133 (Walker), Music 108 (Wagner)
Hiya! I’m Nandita, an international student from Oman in the Middle East. I am a Junior majoring in Cognitive Science and Data Science. The Cognitive Science major perfectly complements my interests in neuroscience and has allowed me to get a taste of the various interdisciplinary fields within neuroscience/cognitive science. My favorite class so far has been Cognitive Neuroscience (CogSci 127) with Professor Ivry, since the professor and GSIs went above and beyond to help students *think* like a scientist. On campus, I’m a research assistant at the Cognition and Action Lab and the Idiographic Dynamics Lab, and the lab manager at the Data Science ULAB. When I’m not in classes or doing research, you can find me writing for the Daily Californian’s Blog Department and peer counseling at SSPC. To de-stress, I love cooking Indian food, playing Just Dance with my roommates, watching Bollywood movies and swimming. Feel free to reach out to me about cognitive science, research, navigating Cal as an international student, internship search, the best Indian grocery stores or even just to chat!
Major Courses Taken: MCB C61 (Presti), CogSci 1 (Isaac), Data 8 (Sridharan & Sahai), CS 61A (DeNero), CogSci 127 (Ivry), Psych C143 (Srinivasan), Ling 100 (Lemon), Psych 166AC (Gorchoff), Math 55 (Corteel)
Current Courses: CogSci 131 (Ramirez), CogSci C140 (Gahl), Data 100 (Perez and Wan)
Hi, my name is Xinyue Wang. I’m a senior majoring in cognitive science and psychology. I chose Cogsci as my preferred major when I applied to Cal because I realized that cognitive science is an interdisciplinary study, and I could have the chance to explore so many interesting fields such as psychology, neuroscience, linguistics, philosophy, and computer science. My favourite classes so far have been Dr. Isaac’s Brain Damage(COGSCI 170) and Clinical Application in Cognitive Neuroscience (COGSCI 172). Her lectures teach me how academic findings in neuroscience can be translated into medical and clinical application. I also enjoy Cultural Psychology(PSYCH 166) and Prof. Kidd’s Methods in Cognitive Development (PSYCH 147). When I have time, I’d like to grab a boba around the campus, explore some coffee places and restaurants. It has become one of my routines to grab a latte at 1951 Coffee Company in the MLK building. I’ve been a research assistant in Prof. Zhou’s Family and Cultural Lab for a year and a half. But other than academia and research, I’m also a part of Berkeley China Summit for two years in charge of marketing. During my own time, I enjoy cooking and food. I love traveling but I also like spending my whole weekend binge watching movies and TV series.
Major Courses Taken: CogSci 1 (Isaac), Data 8 (Wagner), MCB C61 (Presti), CS 61A (Garcia), CS 61B (Hilfinger), CS 70 (Sinclair & Song), Phil 25B (Primus), CogSci C100 (Chan), CogSci C131 (Ramirez), CogSci 170(Isaac), CogSci 172 (Isaac), Psych 131 (Zhou), Psych 147 (Kidds), Psych 150 (John), Psych 166AC (Gorchoff).
Current Courses: Psych 133 (Walker); Psych 102 (Theunissen); Ling 100 (Jenks)
Hey! I’m Tarunika, and I’m a fourth year majoring in Cognitive Science and minoring in Data Science. I applied to UC Berkeley as a Cog Sci major because I thought that the interdisciplinary nature of the major would give me room to grow and explore my various academic interests beyond broadly psychology and the intersection of social sciences and technology. My favorite classes by far have been CogSci 1 (Introduction to Cognitive Science) with Paul Li, EDUC 140AC (The Art of Making Meaning: Educational Perspectives on Literacy and Learning in a Global World) with Glynda Hull, and PSYCH C143 (Language Acquisition) with Mahesh Srinivasan. My interests in Cognitive Science lie in language acquisition and natural language processing (NLP), specifically in how NLP can be used to analyze different kinds of texts and literature. On campus, I have worked as a research assistant for David Bamman’s LitBank Project, a teacher’s assistant for EDUC 140AC, and a mentee and mentor for the CogSci and Psych ULAB. Outside of academia, I am also a news reporter for the Daily Californian and a staff writer for the Berkeley Fiction Review. When I’m not studying or writing for fun, I am reading, watching Netflix, or hanging out with my friends. I love walking around campus, especially North Side, and checking out cool places to eat around Berkeley. I’m excited to return to Berkeley this year!
Major Courses Taken: CS 61A (DeNero), Data 8 (Adhikari & Fithian), CogSci N1 (Pageler), LINGUIS 100 (Johnson), CogSci 1 (Li), MCB C61 (Priesti), PHILOS 3 (Campbell), CS70 (Roy & Zeydabadi), CogSci C100 (Chan), CogSci C127 (Ivry), Data C100 (Joseph & Perez), EDUC 140AC (Hull), PSYCH C143 (Srinivasan), CS 188 (Qi & Xiaocheng)
Current Courses: PSYCH 133 (Walker), CogSci C140 (Gahl)
Hi! My name is Aiya. I am a fifth year student at Cal! I’m majoring in Cognitive Science and minoring in Public Policy. As I was transferring to Cal I had no idea there was a Cognitive Science major and stumbled upon it during a midlife major change crisis. I am so glad I stumbled upon Cognitive Science and decided to pursue it as a major because it covers a variety of fascinating subjects and includes numerous class options that will never leave you bored. Cog Sci includes 6 different departments that ultimately revolve the human mind. Cog Sci has such diverse career opportunities which was a significant factor in choosing my major. My favorite classes by far have to be MCB 61 (Brain Mind and Behaviour) with Professor Presti, Cognitive Science 170 (Brain Damage) with Professor Isaac, and Sociology 150 (Social Psychology) with Professor Powers. On campus I am a Transfer Retention Director for MENA-RCC, a photographer for Threads at Cal, a Peer Advocate for Outreach for the Transfer Student Center, an internal member at CSSA and a peer advisor for the Cognitive Science department. I love being outdoors and in nature so my favorite thing to do around campus is have a picnic on the glade or walk around our beautiful campus. I also enjoy getting work done in different libraries on campus so I am looking forward to going back this upcoming Fall. I am fascinated and passionate about technology and hope to have a career in UI/UX design post graduation. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to chat about anything mentioned above or anything not mentioned. I'd love to help and support in any way I can!
Major Courses Taken: Math 55 (Corteel), Computer Science 61A (DeNero), MCB 61 (Presti), Psychology 110 (Chan), Cognitive Science 1 (Isaac), Philosophy 3 (Campbell), Linguistics 100 (Hilton), Rhetoric 103A (Udekwu), Sociology 150 (Powers), Sociology 167 (Lin), Cognitive Science 170 (Isaac), Cognitive Science C100 (Chan), Cognitive Science 131 (Ramirez), Psychology 140 (Schmale)
Current Courses: Public Health 129 (Jagust)