How/Why Research? I became involved in research during high school as a way to explore my interests outside of the classroom. Fortunately, I was able to participate in a Research in Computational Science program that greatly expanded upon my knowledge of various scientific techniques. I was excited to continue my research journey in college and took IDST 184 my first fall which introduced me to a diverse range of fields in which research is practiced. I was extremely lucky to have a great peer research mentor who sent me a listing for a position that perfectly matched my interests, and I ended up applying for it. It has been an incredible experience that has affirmed my decision to pursue a career involving research!
Research Experiences: As a research assistant, I am currently working on a project analyzing the interactions between common mental health symptoms using computational tools for possible earlier disorder identification. I love applying the skills I have learned from my coursework to meaningful topics, and have gained first-hand experience in multiple stages of the research process. It has been an eye-opening journey learning about different techniques from my lab mates and thinking about the clinical implications of research. I have not only learned so much about the field and developed much stronger analytical skills but have also gained greater confidence in sharing my work with a wide range of audiences.
Student Organizations/Clubs: Student Government Environmental Affairs Committee
Random Fun Fact: I brew my own kombucha!