Mentoring Session

During Day 3 of the exploreCSR@URI workshop, on April 10th from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET, we will set up Breakout Rooms via Zoom organized by topic. Each breakout room will have a mentor available to answer questions about the topic listed and students are encouraged to come prepared with questions. Students are encouraged to "jump around" various breakout rooms so they can meet different mentors and get all of their questions answered! We will have mentors available to discuss topics such as:

  • Graduate school application process

  • Choosing a graduate program

  • General advice for graduate school

  • Being a first-generation student & dealing with imposter syndrome

  • Interdisciplinary Research

  • Robotics Research

  • Machine Learning Research

  • Data Science Research

  • HCI (human-computer interaction)

Breakout Room #1: Robotics

Caris Moses is a Ph.D. student at MIT working in the Learning and Intelligent Systems Group within the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) with Professors Tomás Lozano-Pérez and Leslie Pack Kaelbling. She works at the intersection of robotics and artificial intelligence. She is interested in developing robots that have the ability to reason about low-level physics while trying to accomplish manipulation tasks. In her work, she also explores ways to leverage physics simulators to aid in data collection and building models that can deal with partial observability.

Please ask me questions about: robotics, AI, ML

Breakout Room #2: General Questions/Advising

Jialin Li is a third-year systems Ph.D. student at the University of Washington. She loves the intricacy of designing operating systems and distributed systems! Currently, she is working on building a verified filesystem that guarantees crash consistency.

Please ask me questions about: anything you are curious about

Breakout Room #3: Graduate School as a First-Generation Student

Desiree Forsythe

Desiree L. Forsythe was hired by the Computer Science Department in the Spring of 2019 to help assist in their Diversity and Inclusion initiatives. She has an undergraduate degree in Wildlife Biology, a Master’s in Genetics, and is currently working on her PhD in Education, focusing on Social Justice in Higher Education. Desiree’s Masters degree had a large data science component, where she worked on analyzing large data sets of protein structures to understand how proteins evolved in butterflies. Desiree is a practiced educator, but believes that every opportunity to teach is a new opportunity to continue to grow. She strives to weave social justice in both her classrooms and work space, and is dedicated to building a campus environment that is safe, inclusive, and promotes the growth of all students. Desiree specializes in topics of justice in STEM.

Please ask me questions about: the process of graduate school from the perspective of a first generation student, how to navigate the insider/outsider feelings, imposter syndrome, research experience, finding a good graduate program, finding a PI, interdisciplinary research, data science

Breakout Room #4: Graduate Degrees in Industry

Research & Development Operations Director, Entrepreneur, Consultant, and Adjunct Professor with over 20 years of experience managing technology product strategies from conceptualization to full implementation in the market for multibillion-dollar software corporations such as IBM, Lenovo, Toshiba, IBM.

Please ask me questions about: graduate degree applications in the industry

Breakout Room #5: Life and Mental Health in Grad School

Brianna Posadas is a Computing Innovation Fellow with the Department of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education at Virginia Tech. She is also a fellow with the Center for Food Systems and Community Transformation and affiliated with the Center for Advanced Innovation in Agriculture. Her research is focused on the intersection of agriculture, technology, and user-centered design.

When she completed her Ph.D. at the University of Florida, she was the first Latina to earn a doctorate from the Department of Computer and Information Science and Engineering. She received her master of science in agricultural and biological engineering also at UF and her bachelor of science in engineering from Harvey Mudd College.

Please ask me questions about: mental health, first-generation, women issues, Latino issues, 2 body problem/marriage, immigration, and anything else you want to bring up

Breakout Room #6: Choosing Your Research

Dr. Haiyan Cheng is a Computer Science professor at Willamette University. She received a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Applications from Virginia Tech. Her research interests are in uncertainty quantification and reduction techniques for large-scale simulations. She has applied the Polynomial Chaos method to the Sulfur Transport Eulerian Model (STEM) and proposed a hybrid 4D-Variational and Ensemble Kalman Filter (EnKF) model for data assimilations. Her research on nonlinear particle filters was supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation. In recent years, she has worked on various research projects in applied data science. She is the recipient of the 2021 National Center for Women in Information Technology (NCWIT) Mentoring Award for Undergraduate Research.

Please ask me questions about: choosing research direction, life-long learning, academic life, doing research, options after college, life in a Liberal Arts college