2021 - Week 10

Another year, another DREU! I didn’t get quite as far as I wanted to, but considering everything that’s going on with Covid, and that I’ve spent an entire year now virtually. That’s a lot to deal with! Last year I really excelled at the online format, but this year I think I struggled. I’m an introvert and a self-starter, but I do think I need some form of in-person interaction, or at least an office to go to that has a giant whiteboard. Never underestimate the power of a change in scenery!

What’s next after DREU? Well I have two conferences to prepare for! I’m presenting my research as a poster at both the Tapia 2021 and the 2021 Grace Hopper Celebration in the next couple of weeks. I’m so excited! I’ve been brushing up my science communication skills and I’m so pleased with my poster. I am also using this project to apply to the 2022 NCWIT Collegiate Award! My pre-classifier from last year earned me an honorable mention. I wonder what this project will earn?

Once again, I’ve had a wonderful experience with DREU and I cannot recommend it enough. It’s a great program and I couldn’t have gotten as far as I’ve gotten without them.

Big thank you to DREU, the Computing Research Association, and AccessComputing!

Written on September 3, 2021