Candidate – Master of Education in Arts in Education, Graduate School of Education
Mr. Zezhen Wu graduated from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China with a Bachelor’s in Psychology. As a psychology student, Zezhen actively sought research opportunities both at his home university and abroad, at Stanford University. His research focuses on the intersection of psychology and education. For example, at Stanford, he analyzed data from a five-year study on the attitudes of education researchers, policy-makers, and teachers on various intervention proposals. His senior thesis is titled “The Effects of Affirmation Intervention on Chinese Adolescents’ Stress Coping Ability and Academic Performance.” In addition to academics, Mr. Wu is an accomplished cellist, sitting as principal cellist for Tsinghua University’s symphony orchestra. He is interested in combining his musical background and education-related research in psychology during the AIE program. In particular, he hopes to investigate how “listening to and creating music affect students’ views of the world’s causality, randomness, and complexity.” Zezhen’s eventual goal is to design music-centered courses to help students develop a variety of stress-coping strategies.