Information Sciences / Media Arts & Entertainment
East Setauket, N.Y.
Project title: Exploring user engagement with interactive media through design and analysis of digital magazines
Mentor: Duke Hutchings
After coming off probably my busiest summer to date, I managed to stay busy and productive throughout the fall and winter.
I revised and submitted my research paper to the CHI Student Research Competition. CHI is the premiere international conference for my discipline and is actually the venue of choice for those authoring researching human-computer interaction.
Regardless of if that paper is selected, I will be attending the conference in Toronto in April. I co-authored a paper for CHI during my internship at Google that was accepted to the conference proceedings. I worked on this paper with three other research interns and our intern hosts this summer and assisted with data analysis and wrote multiple parts of this paper. I’m looking forward to the reunion in April where we will present this paper during a session.
While I am satisfied with the research I have already completed, I wanted to use the Spring semester to pursue related areas of interest. I just recently had an IRB application approved to work individually with ~20 elementary students. These students will take place in an interview and design session where we will explore what test-taking systems will look like on tablet devices – an area of particular interest with the rise of tablet computing in education. In preparation for these interviews, I have familiarized myself with the literature and prepared a draft of the interview script.
During winter term, as I waited for my IRB application to be approved, I taught a Burst the Bubble course called “Teaching Children (and Yourself) To Code” which explored ways to integrate computer science into the K-12 curriculum. The course culminated in an “Hour of Code” event hosted by the Computer Science department that had 130 students (and their parents) in attendance. Read about the event here and here.
Throughout all this, I was applying to graduate school. I have so far heard back from (and been accepted to) two Ph.D. programs and expect to spend a few weekends in the Spring visiting schools and deciding where I’ll spend the next ~five years pursuing research.
Dr. Ann J. Cahill
Professor of Philosophy
Spence Pavilion 111
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Elon, NC 27244
Phone: (336) 278-5703
Omolayo Ojo is competing for a highly competitive national fellowship awarded each year to those with goals of working in public service or government. Winners will be announced in April.
Victoria Del Gaizo Moore, assistant professor of chemistry, and Karl Sienerth, professor of chemistry, along with Mary Bedard '12 (Biochemistry) and Kelly Giffear '12 (Biochemistry) had a research article accepted to the journal Biophysical Chemistry.
The political science and international studies double major is a Lumen Scholar studying the evolution of LGBT rights in parts of Europe.
Elon University students in a Winter Term "Burst the Bubble" course welcomed local children and their parents to campus in late January for activities that exposed youth to the academic and career possibilities of programming and software design.
Elon University senior Leigh Iler developed strategies for a middle school tutoring program as she studied an emerging technique for deciding whether students require special education.