Cory Wong
Neuroscience; Chinese

Hi! My name is Cory Wong. I’m studying Neuroscience and Chinese. Currently, my research lies in the field of biology education. I am currently researching the the role argumentation may play in how introductory neuroscience students first learn to read primary neuroscience literature, an essential skill for their future. I was born and raised in West Orange, New Jersey. I am a gay, first-generation college student born to Chinese immigrants. I hold these identities close to me and hope to bring my life experiences forward in my professional work. After obtaining my bachelor’s degree, I hope to move to China for a little while and get as fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese as I can! After that, I’m looking to apply to doctoral programs in clinical psychology, studying depression relating to burnout or east-Asian American populations. Besides that, I’m also interested in history, global development, and language learning. Whenever I get the chance, I like to cook, hike, contemplate my existence in the universe, or whatever else seems like fun in the moment! 

Undergraduate neuroscience programs may not adequately develop their students’ mindsets to address the future demands and challenges of their fields. This study was the first step in developing a recitation curriculum for an undergraduate introductory neuroscience course at the University of Colorado Boulder. The curriculum was designed over the course of spring of 2018 and implemented in the June 2018 offering of the course. To evaluate the impact of the new curriculum on student performance and learning attitudes, comparison of exam scores and the Colorado Learning Attitudes in Science Survey for Biology (CLASS-Biology) were utilized, respectively. Results from this pilot study suggest positive shifts in student performance. This study provided extensive personal reflections that has guided future alterations and improvements to the curriculum.

Research Faculty Mentors:

Serge Campeau, Professor Department of Psychology and Neuroscience,

Jennifer Knight, Associate Professor, Department of Molecular, Cellular, and  Developmental Biology