Three SILS grad students accepted to CRA-Women Workshop

January 25, 2016

Three students from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science (SILS) have been accepted to the 2016 Computing Research Association-Women (CRA-W) Graduate Cohort Workshop, which will be held April 15-16 in San Diego. 

SILS doctoral students Angela Murillo and Grace Shin were selected to receive full support from the CRA-W for the workshop, and Nnenna Ibeanusi, a dual-degree Master of Science in Public Health/Master of Science in Information Science student, will receive sponsorship from SILS to help cover the cost to attend. 

Participants will meet for two days with 20 to 25 senior computing-related researchers and professionals, who will share pertinent information on graduate school survival skills, as well as more personal information and insights about their experiences. The workshop will include a mix of formal presentations and informal discussions and social events, enabling students to build mentoring relationships and develop peer networks. Support comes from not only CRA, but also Microsoft Research, NSF, IBM, Intel, Two Sigma, Yahoo, D. E. Shaw Research, AAAI, ACM and several ACM SIGS.

In addition to being a doctoral candidate at SILS, Murillo is an R&D information scientist/research scientist at the Research Triangle Park offices of Novozymes. Her role with the biotech company intersects her many interests and expertise as an earth scientist, information scientist, and researcher. Murillo said she applied for the CRA-W workshop because she wanted  “to network with other women who are working in similar fields as my own, as well as talk to others regarding what I should focus on as far as continuing my education after I complete my Ph.D.” 

Shin’s research focuses on exploring how technology can be designed to promote individuals’ health behaviors and empower individuals to participate in their own health care. The goal is to consider how new information-seeking contexts, evident in the use of self-tracking systems, extend current understandings of the ways people need, seek, share, and use information to realize a meaningful behavior change.

Shin is looking forward to the networking and information exchange opportunities offered by the workshop. “I will be able to interact with women in a similar field to the one in which I’m interested and connect with potential future collaborators,” she said. “I’d also like to see what health informatics and HCI-related research is happening outside of my campus.”

Ibeanusi’s research interests include data science, machine learning, visual analytics, and health informatics. After graduation, she’d like to work as a data scientist applying the methodologies and tools she’s learned from SILS and the School of Public Health.

“The CRA-Women workshop will be beneficial for me because it will allow me to network with other women in the field and learn more about their research interests,” Ibeanusi. “I'm also excited to hear from working professionals in the industry and learn about how their experiences have shaped their careers. I expect that hearing from them will help me as I navigate my own career and work towards being a dynamic professional.”