Lucy Lai

Lucy Lai

Resident Tutor
Neuroscience / Psychology
Lucy Lai
Hello, Quincy!! I am so excited to be joining the House this Fall. I’m a fourth-year PhD student in the Neuroscience Program, where I use computational modeling to study the brain and behavior. I grew up in a suburb of Houston, Texas, where I also attended Rice University for college. There I studied Cognitive Science and Applied Math, and discovered my love for teaching, mentoring, and life-giving conversations. My proudest accomplishment at Rice was teaching three semesters of a seminar course on the neuroscience of music :)

After graduating, I came straight to grad school, where my current research focuses on understanding how the brain learns from reward and punishment, and how these learning mechanisms are compromised in psychiatric diseases such as addiction and schizophrenia. In my free time, I enjoy playing the piano, running, writing poetry, cooking, dancing bachata, drinking coffee, and listening to classical music.  

I'm happy to chat about anything and I always love hearing people's life stories! Feel free to ask me about interdisciplinary studies, research opportunities, graduate school, fellowships, STEM outreach, faith and spirituality, living with chronic illness, heartbreak, or where to find the best coffee in Cambridge. I remember college as a time of cultivating meaningful relationships and learning to explore life with curiosity and compassion. It's where I decided that the most important thing in my life is my Christian faith, and that the most important questions in life are about who we are and where we are going. As such, my biggest hope as your tutor is to create space for self-reflection, discovery, and growth in your individual journeys.

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