Oriane Armand, MSc Advanced Neuroimaging
Job Title: PhD student
Who did you find inspiring at UCL and why?
My thesis supervisor was really inspiring as he is both really smart and passionate about his research, and most of all he was an excellent supervisor and could convey very complex matters in simple ways for me to carry out my research efficiently.
What is your fondest memory of your time here?
Queen Square is a small world where you get to know so many people and make so many friends who are all smart, passionate and supportive, it was ideal to thrive both personally and academically.
Tell us a bit about the work you’re doing now.
I am now doing a PhD in cognitive neuroscience where I study how people manage to auto evaluate and learn from their own choices when they only have their personal preferences to guide them.
How did your UCL degree help you get to where you are now?
Queen Square is a small and fascinating world. I took some time to find a researcher who’s work aligned with my academic purpose and was lucky enough to have him as a supervisor for my research project. From there I was introduced to everyone at QS who works in the field, which opened for me first a research assistant position, and then a PhD position on this topic of choice confidence which I love.
What have been your career highlights?
For me the highlights of academia are the people who we get to work with and the very insightful and inspiring discussions we get to have with them, this intellectual freedom is very unique to academia.
What would be your advice for current students?
I would advise current students to engage with everyone at QS: with their colleagues since research is fundamentally a collaborative and iterative process, but also to go to a lot of talks and events and engage with students and researchers in this very supportive and inspiring environment.