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Sophia C

- Research Program Mentor

MS candidate at Columbia University


Cognitive Studies, Women's and Gender Studies, Psychology, Political Science, Multiculturalism, Human Rights, Restorative Practices, Anti-Racism


Hi! I am currently pursuing my Master of Science in Nonprofit Management from Columbia University. I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Cognitive Studies in 2020 from Vanderbilt University. I was born in New York and grew up in New Jersey. I have held multiple research assistant positions-- political science research at Princeton University, education psychology research at Vanderbilt University, visual neuroscience research at Rutgers University, and health behavior research at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute. In my free time, I enjoy singing and filmmaking.

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

Exploring Identities Through Multimedia

As my final project for a study abroad program I did in Rabat, Morocco, I filmed an experimental documentary of a 20-year-old Moroccan woman to capture her life, dreams, vision, and identity. I am very interested in exploring various identities and the way different aspects of society, such as culture, gender, language, class, race, and religion affect identities through film and other media. If you are interesting in creating and portraying unique stories and people through multimedia (film, podcasts, music, art, etc.), I would be happy to help you!

Psychology Interventions

As a Cognitive Studies, I became extremely proficient at reading and understanding psychology research studies, and even designing and implementing my own research studies. One research study I completed as an undergrad was called "Effects of Student Satisfaction with Exam Grades on Motivation and Study Strategies." If there is a psychology intervention you are curious to test, I could help you build a strong foundation for your study by helping you find existing literature and understanding it, and then designing and implementing your research study!

Languages I know

Malayalam, Spanish, Arabic

Teaching experience

As a Restorative Practices Fellow with Boston Plan for Excellence (BPE) from July 2020 - July 2021, I provided teaching assistance in both online and in-person K-5 classrooms and tutored high school students taking a psychology course in the Early College Access program.


Work experience

Princeton University, Department of Political Science (2019 - 2020)
Research Assistant
Vanderbilt University, Wyatt Center, Department of Teaching and Learning (2017 - 2019)
Research Assistant
Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Department of Health Behavior (2015 - 2015)
Research Intern
Rutgers University, Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience (2015 - 2015)
Research Intern


Vanderbilt University
BS Bachelor of Science (2020)
Cognitive Studies. Minors in Political Science and Women's & Gender Studies
Columbia University
MS Master of Science candidate
Nonprofit Management

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