“I want to attend the 2019 Cognitive Science Society conference, which will allow me to network with leading researchers and acquaint myself with current literature in cognitive science. CogSci is where computer science meets psychology and linguistics.
Human-centered design and understanding how we work is imperative to understanding how machines ought to work. The Grand Challenge Scholars Program provides the chance to attack this important, applicable, fascinating challenge from so many angles, all of which are excellent preparation for a future of difference-making.”
I hope to complete the Research Experiences for Undergraduates program through the National Science Foundation in summer 2019. In spring 2019, I will apply to several programs that relate to my general field of interest – cognitive science – and to the problem of reverse-engineering the brain.
I will maintain my second major of psychology. This involves taking the standard course load for a second degree, along with active participation in related academic clubs and potentially research in the department. Also, I hope to attend the 2019 Cognitive Science Society conference.
I will serve for two years as Communications Director for the Human Factors & Ergonomics Society, by the end of which we will have competed twice in the HFES Design Challenge. Learning many of the key skills involved in industry and innovation, participants prototype a software system using human-centered design principles.
I will take at least 10 credits of foreign language classes, plus at least 10 credits of linguistics courses. And, if I attend the 2019 Cognitive Science Society conference in Montreal, I’ll be able to implement my French skills from the classroom in a francophone society. I would also get the opportunity to network with notable researchers from around the globe.
I will serve as a U of I College of Engineering Ambassador and an ambassador for the Honors Program for at least one year. Both positions have a focus on serving incoming and current students, through recruitment events, advising and answering questions, etc. The engineering ambassadorship in particular also focuses on reaching out to younger children.
Grand Challenge Focus Area
Reverse Engineer the Brain
For decades, some of engineering’s best minds have focused their thinking skills on how to create thinking machines — computers capable of emulating human intelligence.