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SATAL Students Spring 2024

Meet Our Spring 2024 SATAL Team


 

Michael Fang

Cognitive Science (B.S.)

Graduating 2024

Hello, my name is Michael Fang. I am a fourth year cognitive science major. I have been a part of the SATAL program since spring 2023. I joined SATAL because I wanted to work with data and the SATAL program utilized data to help instructors improve their pedagogy and to get a better sense of how students feel about their class. Another reason why I joined the SATAL program was because we were able to sit inside a classroom or lab and get to learn a few things about a new topic during a COPUS or LOPUS observation request. The last reason why I joined the SATAL program was because I wanted to make an impact at UC Merced, no matter how small, before I graduate. I learned a lot from working at SATAL. Some skills that I learned or improved at are the following: leadership, communication, teamwork, data processing, and data analysis. There are definitely many other skills that I have learned during my time at SATAL, but the ones listed are some of the major skills. My future goal is to be a software engineer at a big tech company or a promising startup. Learning how to work with data will help with my future goal, but I believe it is all the soft skills that I developed during my time at SATAL that will carry me forward to my future endeavors.In my free time, I enjoy playing video games, solving the Rubik's Cube, watching/listening to K-Pop, and watching K-Dramas and C-Dramas.

 

Tina Li

Applied Mathematics Sciences 

Graduating 2027

Hi, my name is Tina Li! I am a first year applied mathematics sciences major. I have been a part of the SATAL program since spring 2024. I joined SATAL to gain more experience in working with data and gain more research skills. It is also a good opportunity to help improve learning for students. Through SATAL I learned how to efficiently organize data in excel and provide better feedback. Working alongside peers has helped me to improve communicating with team members. My future goal is to work in the field of data analysis. As someone who wants to learn more about the field of statistics and data analytics, working in SATAL has been helpful to develop those skills. Even beyond that, it has helped me to become a better team worker and time management. Outside of being a SATAL student I enjoy drawing, painting, and badminton.

 

Annalie Ma

Psychology (Pre-Health Program)

Graduating 2027

Hi, my name is Annalie Ma! I am a first year psychology major. I have been a part of the SATAL program since spring 2024. I initially joined SATAL to gain work experience and meet new people! I found SATAL’s mission statement of improving learning experiences for all students inspiring. SATAL has taught me several valuable skills in my time working here. Through SATAL I’ve learned to not only gain a better understanding on how to provide effective feedback but also how to efficiently communicate in a work setting! In addition, this job has also trained me in both utilizing Excel spreadsheets for data compilation and on how to collect useful survey responses. My future goal is to  finish up my undergrad here in UC Merced and pursue higher education in medical school to hopefully become a psychiatrist! SATAL has taught me the importance of effective communication! Outside of being a SATAL student, I enjoy reading and writing in my free time! I also enjoy going to the gym and swimming!

 

Alexander Peczon

Computer Science and Engineering Major

Graduating 2026

Hi, my name is Alexander Peczon. I am a first year computer science and engineering major. I have been a part of the SATAL program since spring 2023. I joined SATAL to gain new team experiences and improve my presentation skills. Through SATAL I have learned how to compile data, work with a team of students and present. My future goals are to improve the educational experience for students at Merced and I believe the best way is to remove the gap in communication on what the wants are for both the professor and students. Outside of being a SATAL student, I enjoy coding, biking, playing guitar, cooking and drawing.

 

Ashley Tortoledo 

Psychology

Graduating 2024

Hi, my name is Ashley Tortoledo! I am a fourth year psychology major. I have been a part of the SATAL program since spring 2024. I joined SATAL due to the program representation. I knew that SATAL can benefit student learning and help improve student success and playing a part in that process helped me feel like I could help my peers in some way. Through SATAL I’ve learned what it feels like to be in a very supportive work environment. Everyone at SATAL is very helpful, understanding and patient. It's helped nudge me into being more active in the program. My future goal this summer is to intern under shadowing a school psychologist. I feel like SATAL has helped introduce me to communicating well with others, facilitate a classroom discussion and gathering and organizing data. Outside of being a SATAL student I enjoy hanging out with friends and family and going on spontaneous adventures. 

 

Bryan Zaragonza

Psychology 

Graduating 2026

Hello, my name is Bryan Zaragoza. I am a second year psychology major. I have been a part of the SATAL program since spring 2024. I joined SATAL to be the voice of the students who are too scared to tell the professor to adjust to their needs so they don't fall behind. Through SATAL I have learned the importance of making time for work. I didn't realize how much work I needed to do outside of going and presenting to class. The workload got to me at times which led to unneeded stress.My future goal is to become a detective and SATAL is helping me with those skills by enhancing my ability to balance my life and work. My work needed hours put into it. I couldn't just lay it off and work on it all in one day as it would be too much so by realizing that I made time in my days to mainly work on SATAL. This was a struggle because I was busy with school and friends as they both took most of my day. I was mainly free near the end of the day, but all I wanted to do was to just relax so making time for work was troublesome, but in the end I ended up getting it all working out great. Outside of being a SATAL student I enjoy hanging out with my friends. I love those guys with all my life as they bring excitement to my life. We always have a blast everyday. Without them I would've been so bored.

 

Jianan Zhang

Computer Science and Engineering Major

Graduating 2026

Hello, my name is Jianan Zhang. I am a first year computer science and engineering major. I have been a part of the SATAL program since spring 2024. I joined SATAL because I liked what SATAL is bringing to the table: Providing a service for professors to get feedback and in turn help students gain better learning experiences. After hearing that, I was sure I wanted to be a part of that. Through SATAL I have learned better ways to communicate and work as a team, specifically, understanding the importance of holding responsibility and the crucialness of communication between team members. Additionally, I have gained many experiences that I would not otherwise gain or would not dare to attempt. For example: speaking in front of professional faculty and trying to describe to them what we are doing. This would have been very scary for me in the mast, and is still somewhat scary for me right now, but now, I know I have training and confidently understand what our program is about. My future goal is to work with people in the industry of computer science and be able to contribute to that group in some way. SATAL really helps in the sense of data analysis and team work, where both are crucial for maintaining workloads. Outside of being a SATAL student I enjoy swimming occasionally as a hobby. I also like doing programming challenges, something that could sometimes be really simple or sometimes really difficult. Finally, I really like robotics and mechanics, researching robots and machines and trying to understand how they work; In the future, I hope I can create some funny inventions, or maybe something revolutionary.

 

 


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