Kathy Fan

Computer Science, Class of 2019

I’m a Computer Science B.S.E. major with a certificate in French Language and Culture.

Role(s) held in the Humanistic Studies Program:

Behrman Society

Activities on campus:

Sinfonia, Society of Women Engineers, Peer Career Advisor, Unfound Journal of Asian American Studies, Colonial Club


Shapiro Prize for Academic Excellence

Why I decided to study the humanities:

I’m a person who gets bored easily. My broad interest in the humanities translates into a never-ending list of books to read and topics to contemplate when the rest of my day falls into routine. Moreover, keeping up with contemporary literature that focus on cultural identities allows me to continually assess my own place in society as a Chinese-Canadian female, while learning about histories and traditions from around the world have made my foreign travel experiences much more meaningful.

What I have gained from the humanities:

Through the classes I’ve taken in the humanities and the arts, I have been able to meet likeminded peers across many majors outside of engineering. The discussions we shared have not only allowed me understand social and political issues from multiple perspectives, but also shaped my personal beliefs and values.

Independent work:

For my senior thesis, I will be working with the Princeton Computational Memory Lab, using neural networks to understand how memories are formed, modified, and retrieved in the human brain.

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