Amanda Cremone ’12, Doctoral Candidate in the Neuroscience & Behavior Program, University of Massachusetts Amherst
“The faculty at Merrimack really helped me to bolster my professional network. They created networking opportunities for me and encouraged me to be confident when approaching different people in the field.”
As a student at Merrimack College, Amanda spent most of her time tucked away in the Psychology Department in Sullivan Hall. As a research assistant, she helped to develop experimental projects, recruit participants, and collect and analyze data.
“I presented my research findings at multiple conferences throughout the country, which facilitated a number of amazing networking opportunities. In fact, it was at one of those conferences that Dr. Stroud introduced me to one of my graduate research advisors!”
After graduating from Merrimack, Amanda took a full-time position as a technologist at Charles River Laboratories while she applied for graduate school. During her time there, she was able to gain additional experience in bench-work techniques. In just under a year, Amanda accepted a position as a doctoral student in the Neuroscience & Behavior Program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Now in her third year, Amanda currently focuses her coursework in cognitive neuroscience, and has also taught undergraduate courses. She plays a prominent role in the development and execution of empirical research.
“My research is primarily geared toward understanding the role of sleep on cognition during early development.”
What is the best advice you could give current Merrimack students?
Take advantage of opportunities available to you! If you feel as though there is something you could be doing to further your career or personal interests, make it happen.
What is your Favorite Merrimack memory?
Traveling to the Cognitive Neuroscience Conference in Chicago, IL with the members of the CAMP lab!
Why are you Merrimack Proud?
I’m grateful for the opportunities I had as student at Merrimack as well as those now available to me as an alumna! The path taken has led me to exactly where I want to be and I met some life-long friends (and my fiancé) along the way!