NRT - Program trainees
Current graduate students Cohort 3
Lorenzo Booth is a PhD student in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science working with Dr. Stefano Carpin and Dr. Joshua Viers. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering and a Master of Science in Environmental Systems from UC Merced. He is interested in the sustainable development of water resources and applications of robotics methods in environmental and agricultural science. He is also a strong supporter of Free/Libre and Open-Source software and hardware. Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Shannon Proksch is a musician and a PhD student in Cognitive & Information Sciences. In addition to classical training on the oboe, her interdisciplinary background spans music theory, philosophy, language and cognition. She graduated in 2015 from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi with a B.A. in Music and a certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). She made use of her experience and training by teaching content-based English classes in music and primary education in Weifang, China before going on to receive her MSc in Philosophy of Mind, Language, and Embodied Cognition with the University of Edinburgh, Scotland in 2017 (teaching English online along the way!). At UC Merced, Shannon works in the Sensorimotor Neuroscience lab with advisor Professor Ramesh Balasubramaniam. Her general research interests include examining the neural dynamics of music cognition—from lower level-beat processing to higher-level coordination and social interaction. When not in the lab or teaching English, Shannon enjoys making music and hanging out with her dog, Thor.
Majerle Reeves is a first year student in the Applied Math program. She graduated from California State University in Fresno with a double major in Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics. She is currently being advised by Camille Carvalho and is interested in data science and machine learning.
Carlos Diaz Alvarenga is a PhD student in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science.
science denial, pseudoscience, conspiracy theories, human-robot interaction, social cognition
Yumary Vazquez is a PhD student in Quantitative & Systems Biology. She graduated from CSU San Marcos with a degree in Biotechnology and a minor in computer science. She is currently doing a laboratory rotation with Dr. Gordon Bennett studying symbiont comparative genomics of endemic Hawaiian Auchenorrhyncha. Yumary’s research interest include computational biology with an emphasis on evolution and genetics.
Maia Powell is a first year PhD student in the Applied Mathematics department. She graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematical Sciences with a concentration in computer science and a minor in sociology. Maia is interested in data science with social context and/or influence and is being advised by Dr. Arnold Kim in the Applied Mathematics department. Currently, she is researching the underlying dynamics of various data sets as related to linguistics in an effort to speak about the evolution of certain types of language. When she isn’t doing math for fun, she likes to watch crime shows and/or look at pictures of dachshunds on the internet.
Alex Dayer is a PhD student in the Cognitive and Information Sciences program. His advisor is Dr. Carolyn Dicey Jennings. Before arriving at UC Merced, he graduated with a B.A. in Philosophy of Cognitive Science from Hendrix College and a M.S. in Cognitive and Behavioral Science from Illinois State University. His research interests lie at the intersection of philosophy of mind and experimental psychology.
Deepika Gunasekaran is a PhD student inQuantitative & Systems Biology.