Cody Walters

Entering Class - 2015

E-MAIL: walte663@umn.edu

UNDERGRAD INSTITUTION AND MAJOR:
University of California - San Diego, B.S., Cognitive Science, 2015

UNDERGRADUATE AWARDS:

  • National Science Foundation (NSF) REU Internship , 2014-2015
  • Superior Teaching Award, Department of Cognitive Science at the University of California San Diego, 2014

UNDERGRADUATE OR POST-BAC RESEARCH:
I did research in a neuropsychology lab on body schema plasticity during my first year as an undergraduate student at UC San Diego. That summer I spent three months in a visual neuroscience lab at UC Irvine designing an experiment to investigate the role of visual attention in biological motion perception. After that summer research position I joined a systems neuroscience lab back in San Diego that was using in vivo electrophysiology to study spatial representation.

WHAT GOT YOU INTERESTED IN RESEARCH? I loved my research experience as an undergraduate. After I had the opportunity to do in vivo electrophysiology, I knew that graduate school was the next logical step for me.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE MN? I was attracted to the University of Minnesota's graduate program because of its reputation for outstanding research. In particular, there were several investigators doing the type of research that I wanted to pursue for my graduate work.

STUDENT MENTOR AND THE BEST ADVICE THEY GAVE.
The best advice Brian Sweiss has given me is to take full advantage of the numerous resources the GPN has to offer -- from the students themselves to the many professors in the program who are happy to answer questions and provide you with advice on just about anything!

Cody Walters