Q&A with neuroscience student Peyton Krych

Peyton on a hiking trip with a mountain range behind him.

Crimson and gray run deep in Peyton Krych’s family. When the Spokane native arrived on campus he was following in the footsteps of great-grandparents, grandmother, mother, and aunt. His older brother and two of his cousins also attended WSU. That’s four generations of Cougs.

Peyton is majoring in neuroscience and minoring in math and biology. He will graduate this spring with plans on eventually becoming a physician.  

How has WSU prepared you for your future?

WSU has prepared me for my future by allowing me to explore my interests and take part in many extracurricular activities allowing me to use knowledge from the classroom in different environments and practice communication and teamwork skills.

What’s your favorite place at WSU?

My favorite place at WSU is the top floor of the Owen Science and Engineering Library. While it is not the newest building on campus, there is always a quiet spot where I can study. I have spent many hours studying by the windows for exams or working on assignments. It also has one of the best views of the Palouse on the top floors.

What’s your favorite course you’ve taken at WSU?

My favorite course that I have taken at WSU was Honors 280 with Dr. Hamlin. While I love my science courses, this course was different than any other I had taken. We read a lot of different pieces of literature and analyzed them together as a class. The class was challenging but forced my brain to think in a different and more creative way.

What do you hope to do when you graduate? 

When I graduate, I hope to pursue a medical degree and become a physician.

Do you have a job or work in a lab?

I currently work as an undergraduate research assistant in Dr. Rita Fuchs Lokensgard’s lab. In the lab, we look at drug memory reconsolidation. I spend time making solutions and running experiments.

What’s one of your favorite hobbies?

One of my favorite things is running. I like to hop on the paved trail from downtown and run a few miles several days per week.