Research is for Everyone!
Friday, September 20, 2019 — 2:30PM - 3:30PM
This technical workshop is targeted to undergraduate students with the objective of exposing them to research and encouraging them to get engaged with research projects at their own University or elsewhere in Summer research programs. Exposure to research is a critical factor that affects future consideration for graduate studies. Too few undergraduates from underrepresented groups consider research as a career path, and, as a result, their numbers in graduate programs are severely lagging behind their already low percentages in undergraduate programs in computing disciplines. The main objective is to show that research is doable, can be fun, and opens up many rewarding career opportunities. We will introduce students to exciting applications of computer science and to research opportunities. We will talk briefly about research in Computer Science to get everyone with a shared understanding of what research is, and what differentiates a research project from other academic activities. We will do short guided hands-on activities in small groups to read and discuss a research paper. We will provide specific examples of research projects in areas such as game development, virtual reality, machine learning, natural language processing, and robotics. We will focus on research projects in Artificial Intelligence (AI), but the issues are similar in other areas of computer science. There is an acute shortage of AI professionals and over 50% of the positions require a graduate degree with a research component, hence this experience will expose students to the opportunities in this area.
Maria Gini, Professor, University of Minnesota
Monica Anderson, Associate Professor, University of Alabama
Nate Derbinsky, Associate Teaching Professor, Northeastern University
Shana Watters, Lecturer, University of Minnesota