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What UROP Program(s) were you a part of?
Traditional UROP 2012-2013
What made you choose UROP?
I was a member of a special science, math, and technology academy within my high school that integrated its curriculum with research from outside organizations and industry partners. After matriculating, I was eager to rejoin a research community. UROP facilitated access to such a wide range of unique projects and direct relationships with professors and academic mentors.
What do you think you have learned from your UROP experience?
My UROP advisors, sponsors, and peers all taught me how to think more critically and communicate complex ideas more effectively. My research opportunity taught me how to independently synthesize information and produce solutions that informed real policy implementation across campus and the state of Michigan. I learned how to apply a generalized model and framework to a vast array of sites and use cases.
What is the extent to which you have kept in contact with your Research Mentor?
I have not kept in contact, although am very grateful for the opportunity and development they enabled for me!
How did your UROP experience shape or inform the next steps you took in your academic or professional journey?
After my first year, my research sponsors asked me to stay on the project outside of UROP with funding off a federal grant. After the project’s conclusion, I independently pursued other professional opportunities... The experience I had prepared me to succeed in these new roles.
What advice would you give to a current UROP student?
UROP is an incredibly multivalent program where each student has a high degree of control over the trajectory and fulfillment of their involvement. Set your goals and prioritize what you want to learn, gain, impact, etc. Be critical of the sponsors and projects you select so that you can make the most of the resources available to you.
What are some recent publications or accomplishments that you are proud of?
I recently started a master’s program in data science at The University of Chicago that builds on my University of Michigan education in computer science and economics. I am excited to become an expert in AI/ML and advance my professional research efforts in this field!