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Spencer Castro

Spencer Castro

Spencer Castro

In an attempt to spend as much time as possible  outside while receiving a PhD, I've been attending the University of Utah in  Salt Lake City for the past two years. After Stanford graduation, I spent a  summer working in the Yosemite Museum while running valley trails, climbing  granite, and swimming in the Merced River. In the fall I returned to  university life in a new capacity as the head men's and women's varsity cross  country coach at UC Merced. We competed in the Cal Pac Conference, and we  even had a few runners compete in national competitions. However, I knew I  couldn't stay out of true academia forever and decided to pursue a degree in  Psychology (and surfing) at UC Santa Cruz. I received a Masters in 2015, and  now study various aspects of attention as they apply to technology, driving,  and even nature in the mountains of SLC. Initially, I was worried about the  conservative culture and lack of trees, but after two years of skiing, hunting, and running trails this might be my favorite major city in America.