Today we are introducing a new staff member here at UMass Summer Programs, Winnie Ching. Winnie is working on all things summer, and will be writing a series of new blog posts about student life at UMass Amherst. Below she answers our pressing questions about studying at UMass.
Hello friends! My name is Winnie and I am a senior at UMass Amherst majoring in Psychology with a concentration in neuroscience. Throughout my years at UMass, my increasing interest in the relationship between brain and behavior and passion for helping others made me realize that I want to pursue medical school in the near future. I am also a member of the Commonwealth Honors College, which allowed me to work more closely with my professors and to conduct my honors thesis.
Within psychology, I am conducting my own research project in visual cognition to answer questions on the effects of verbal encoding on visual search tasks. In order to answer these questions, I track eye movements to better understand how often participants fixate on particular search items.
During the school year, I also peer advise in the Psychological and Brain Sciences advising office and have the wonderful opportunity to get to know my peers and talk about our goals and aspirations. I am also the Treasurer for Nu Rho Psi, a national neuroscience society where we educate students more on the brain and also building connections with people who share the similar interests.