Meet the Team!

Yusuf Ezzeldine


Howdy! My name is Yusuf Ezzeldine. I'm a senior Cognitive Science B.S. major with a minor in the History and Philosophy of Science and the current President of the CSA. I came to UCI as a transfer student to pursue my academic interest in phenomenological consciousness in humans and the potential implementation of synthetic forms of sentience down the road. I hope to one day apply my experience here in a space where I can provide meaningful input to projects and ethical discourse surrounding consciousness systems (both organic and synthetic). Currently, I'm an RA developing computational models for confidence in Dr. Peters' lab as part of my work on a decision-making behavioral task.

Beyond school, and when I'm not busy worrying about Skynet, I enjoy spending quality time with my loved ones, community volunteer work, and rock climbing, and it's always a good day if spreadsheets can be involved somehow. I'm looking forward to an enriching year of educational challenges & and personal development. I look forward to meeting you and feel free to reach out to me any time with questions about educational life or professional life, I'm happy to help out in any way I can!

Gloria Cheng

Internal Vice President

Hey everyone!

My name is Gloria and I'm excited to serve as your Internal Vice President this year. I am a fourth-year Cognitive Sciences major, and currently am a research assistant in the Computational Cognitive Neuroscience Lab. In my downtime, I'm probably testing baking recipes, trying new restaurants, or watching whatever movie/show comes to mind first.

I'm more than happy to answer any questions you may have about the amazing resources offered at CSA, and look forward to meeting all of you at our meetings! I'd love to chat, so please don't hesitate to reach out

Katelyn Luc

External Vice President

Hai everyone! My name is Katelyn Luc. I am the Cognitive Science Association's VP External. I am a incoming Sophomore who is undeclared, but I am thinking of switching into Cognitive Science. I was interested in majoring in Cognitive Science because of how versatile my career choices would be while pursuing it. Furthermore, I am deciding on becoming a UI/UX designer. I have not participated in any research labs, however, some research topics that I would love to explore is memory and perception, sleep and cognition, and visual perception. Which I plan on getting involved this year.

Some fun facts about me are that I am from the 626 area! I was born in San Gabriel and have been living there for 16 years. I enjoy watching kdramas, anime, working out, hanging out with friends, and drawing/painting. If you have any show recommendations please let me know! My favorite genres would have to be thriller and comedy.

I hope to meet everyone in person, and join my committee hehe

Boyoon Han


Hello everyone!

My name is Boyoon, and I am the CSA treasurer. I'm in my second year at UCI and am majoring in B.S. psychology. I am interested in doing research on visual perception!

During my free time, I love watching movies! I also like hanging out with my friends and going shopping. I'm looking forward to meeting everyone, so feel free to talk to me and ask any questions!

Kiana Gee


Hi friends!

My name is Kiana and I am the secretary of the Cognitive Science Association! I'm a third-year Cognitive Science B.S. major, and I am currently in the Development of Social Cognition lab with Dr. Chernyak. I'm interested in studying child development and language science, and I enjoy working with people.

Here are a few fun facts about me: I'm from San Francisco, addicted to boba and anything Disney, and have been a long time fan of Avatar the Last Airbender. In my free time, I enjoy drawing/painting, listening to and playing music, playing board games, and reading.

I'm so excited to meet you all in person this year.

If you have any questions about the cogsci major or the process of transferring into it (as I have so recently done), feel free to reach out to me at any time, or say "hi" if you spot me on campus!

Angel Lai

Communications Chair

Hi, My name is Angel and I am a second year Biological Science student. I am originally from Taiwan but have been living in the US since I was 14. I am currently an undergraduate research assistant in Wood Lab learning about drug associated memories in mice models.

This year, I am serving as the communication chair for CSA as well as Peer Research Advisor for International Student Excellence Program (ISEP). If you have any questions regarding research, classes, or anything don't be hastiest to hit me up!

Outside of my academic life, I enjoy scuba diving, hiking and being around animals. I also love photography, painting and digital art.

I hope to see you in our CSA meeting!