Student Spotlight

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Lorelei Wagner, class of '21

PhD -- Communication & Rhetoric

Hometown: New Baltimore, NY USA


  • What is your favorite RPI course?

    WRIT 6380 Writing & Response.  This class was the 'spark' that started the path to my dissertation project.
  • What are your research interests?

    Writing Studies, Contemplative Educational Philosophy/Pedagogy, Writing Center Studies, and Sensory Studies
  • What major awards or recognition have you received?

    Rensselaer Graduate Fellowship - 2015; Founder's Award - 2019; HASS Fellowship - 2019 - 2021
  • What is a fun fact about yourself?

    At the age of 19, was licensed to drive a rear-engine dragster as fast as a 7.50 ET at 180 MPH in a 1/4 mile.



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Jennifer Cole, class of '21

Communication, Media & Design / Math

Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO USA


  • Why did you choose this program?

    The School of HASS at RPI has a big interdisciplinary focus, and the faculty and staff are really engaging and helpful. I chose CMD because it's a very flexible major. It gives me the ability to steer my curriculum more towards multimedia communication and writing.
  • What's your favorite class at RPI; why do you like it?

    Strategic Writing (WRIT 2110) is a course that is as fundamental as CS1 or Calculus in my opinion. The course focused on research, academic rhetoric, and presentations in a flexible, engaging way.
  • In what off-campus experiences have you participated?

    Volunteering for Capital Roots in Troy
  • What is your favorite hangout on campus?

    Sage 5th floor lounge
  • What is the most interesting place you've traveled?

    New Zealand during the pandemic !!!



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Rochelle Kaper, class of '23

Psychological Science / Biological Neuroscience

Hometown: Summit, NJ USA


  • What brought you to RPI?

    Research opportunities, STEM focus, proximity from home
  • What are your research interests?

    I am currently working in CogWorks Laboratory and on the Alzheimer’s Prevention Research Project.
  • What on-campus activities are you involved with?

    Greek Life, Ski Team, Admissions Ambassador, Food Recovery Network, research
  • What is the most interesting place you've traveled?

    New Zealand



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Alexander Lutsevich, class of '24

Cognitive Science, PhD

Hometown: Bamberg, Bavaria / Germany


  • Why did you choose this program?

    1. Work of Dr. Gray. It adds to, and extends my previous work done in Germany for my MA in Psychology. There, I was working on integrative models of human cognition (Doerner: Psi-Theory), and human decision making / error in complex, dynamic environments. The focus there was on a large time-scale, spanning over months/years (e.g. decision making in politics, dynamics of ideologies). Here, I would get the opportunity to investigate the other part of the spectrum of human decision making in complex, dynamic environments, on a millisecond level.

    2. Gain professional experience in outside of Germany, experience US culture, and society.
  • What are your research interests?

    Attention and human coordination in complex, dynamic environments, specifically in the domain of e-sports
  • What is your favorite hangout on campus?

    Outside the back door of the Carnegie building. It is very rewarding get the sunset view over Troy / Hudson Valley after a day of work.
  • What is the most interesting place you've traveled?

    Not sure how to use "interesting" to pick one. RPI is on the very top. To me, it is reminiscent of Hogwarts.



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John Foster, class of '24

Games and Simulations Arts & Sciences  / Computer Science

Hometown: Bucksport, ME, USA


  • What brought you to RPI?

    The GSAS Major and the Arch Program
  • What is your favorite class at RPI; why do you like it?

    29133, Introduction to Game Storytelling is my favorite class so far! I have never had a creative writing course before so this is a new and exciting experience for me!
  • Where is the most interesting place you have traveled?

  • What are you hobbies?

    Cooking; Robotics; Game design; Watching movies; Playing videogames





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