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Samantha McDonald

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“I love how easy it is to get involved in undergraduate research on campus. The professors are so encouraging and super excited about supporting your research goals.”

 

 

Major: Information Systems

Hometown: Kingsville, MD

Campus Activities: Prototyping and Design Lab (PAD) researcher, Study Abroad Tokyo, Japan, CWIT Scholar, Treasurer of Rock Climbing Club, Interned at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab and Merkle Inc.

What do you love about UMBC?
I love how easy it is to get involved in undergraduate research on campus. The professors are so encouraging and super excited about supporting your research goals. Because of the research opportunities at UMBC, I will be leaving with multiple publishments in the field of Human-Computer Interaction and will be continuing onto graduate school to pursue my Ph.D. at UC Irvine in the fall.

What has been your favorite class at UMBC?
My favorite class was Philosophy 100 with Dr. James Thomas. He is an incredible professor who taught me the importance of thinking critically and questioning the most basic truths. It has made me a better researcher.

What are you researching?
I am currently researching human-computer interaction with a focus on accessibility in the Prototyping and Design Lab (PAD) run by Dr. Amy Hurst. I am currently working on a research grant to teach physical therapy students about 3D printing of assistive technology. I have participated in URCAD (Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day) and will be presenting again next year. (Topic: “Empowering Occupational and Physical Therapists with Three-dimensional Printing Technology”)  Both of my posters for URCAD won best undergraduate poster in my department.

Where did you complete your internship?
I interned at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory last summer. There I worked on research involving videos games to mitigate cognitive biases in the intelligence field.

What do you hope to achieve after you complete your degree at UMBC?
I will pursue my Ph.D. in Informatics with a focus on sustainable human-computer interaction at the University of California Irvine (UCI).

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