Youngjune (Clay) Cho '20

Alumni Spotlight

Youngjune (Clay) Cho '20

Undergraduate Degree: B.S. Psychology, Neuroscience track
Advisor: Dr. Lori Astheimer

Youngjune Cho and his PI
Jun-Soo Kwon MD, PhD and Youngjune Cho

Summary of Position: I am a research intern at Clinical Cognitive Neuroscience Center (CCNC) at Seoul National University, in Seoul, South Korea. At CCNC, we aim to identify people with high-risk Schizophrenia, OCD, or bipolar disorder in advance using various methods, such as the neurocognitive functional test (NCFT), MRI imaging, and ERP. I assist in conducting such testing. The lab is currently preparing for a new project involving the use of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) as a new method, and I am helping to find relevant research papers and will be assisting in data collection once we move forward.

Future Goals: I am planning to apply for a Ph.D. program in neuroscience.

What do you love most about this career path?
Mental health has a great effect on both individuals and society, and I believe we must strive to find a better way to treat people who are mentally struggling. I am especially interested in non-invasive methods for mental and neurological disorders, and CCNC is a perfect place for me to further study my major interests.

How did UMass and PBS help prepare you?
When I first came to UMass, I honestly didn't know what I wanted to study; I knew I was interested in psychology, but I couldn't choose what specific field. Thanks to the help from the lecturers, advisers, and colleagues from classes, I learned that neuroscience is a great field and later I became passionate about it.

Tips for Current Undergrads:
I know things are different now and everyone is not getting what they deserve as college students; I am sure many of you will be struggling due to not being able to interact with people in a real-life, time differences, and much more. Be strong and remember that you matter at UMass. It may seem like you're left alone, but lots of faculty care about you, and there are still so many resources that are available. Love what you do, and don't think you have to be perfect all the time. We all make mistakes. Lastly, college life should be fun and filled with great memories. Always remember that.