I am a Senior Computer Science student at the University of South Florida with a completed minor in Mathematics. When I was 8 years old I began playing piano and at 11 I switched to the Cello. I attended Blake High School of the Arts, where I founded and was president of my school’s Physics club, along with captaining our Mu Alpha Theta Calculus team. I won the Concerto Competition for both the Florida State Music Teachers Association and Blake High School of the Arts, performing Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No.1. Later I attended the Florida State University for three years, majoring in Music Performance, where I was Principal Cellist of the FSU Philharmonia. Please enjoy a funny video of me playing in a cello quartet I started with my friends back in high school!
I left FSU after three years, realizing a career in music performance was not for me. After a bit of soul-searching and working in quite a few coffee shops, I decided to “just go for it!” and begin studying computer science. I had always loved math and science, but many of my peers and teachers suggested I “just stick to music”. This dissuaded me from my original intention of minoring in mathematics when I joined FSU, but to prove them all wrong: I minored in it at my current school, the University of South Florida, and completed 30 credit hours with a perfect 4.0 GPA. On a quest to find professors who could guide me down a path that would combine my two favorite hobbies (programming and math), I met my now advisor, Dr. Paul Rosen. Paul is a Visualization/Graphics professor who uses Topological Data Analysis to supplement his research. Together we created a project that was awarded funding by the national organization CREU, who looks to support women researching in computer science.
I will continue my research with Paul until I begin a PhD program next year. I hope to continue studying Information Visualization and eventually land a faculty position. Although I never felt encouraged to pursue a career in the STEM field, I use this as motivation in becoming an impactful figure in our community to encourage and support young women who are curious about math and science.