Shunya Yagi

Sex differences in adult neurogenesis and learning&memory
Killam Doctoral Scholarships
Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?

I decided to pursue a graduate degree because I'd like to further deepen my knowledge in neuroscience, especially about neural mechanisms of higher cognition such as learning and memory.

Why did you decide to study at UBC?

I visited Vancouver for the first time when I was 14 years old and I loved the city. Since then, I had been eager to study at UBC someday. When I was looking for a graduate program after I completed my undergraduate degree, I decided to apply to UBC and was very excited when I received an acceptance letter.

What is it specifically, that your program offers, that attracted you?

The graduate program in Neuroscience at UBC is an interdisciplinary program which allows me to learn many different aspects of neuroscience. It also gives me the opportunity to work closely together with excellent researchers like my current supervisor.

What was the best surprise about UBC or life in Vancouver?

I expected a very cold winter in Canada, so I was rather surprised by how mild it was during that season.

What do you like to do for fun or relaxation?

I love to play soccer. As we don't have much snow here, I can play soccer year round. Kicking something is a good way to release my stress.

What advice do you have for new graduate students?

Finding a good way to release your stress is important for your success.


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