Haley Adams ’15 To Participate in Computer Science Mentoring Research Experience

Haley Adams ’15, a computer science major at Rhodes, has been selected to participate in Distributed Research Experiences for Undergraduates (DREU) this summer. DREU is a project of the Computer Research Association designed to increase the number of women and underrepresented groups entering graduate studies in the fields of computer science and engineering.

This highly selective program matches promising undergraduate students with a faculty mentor for a summer research experience at the faculty member’s home institution. Students interact with graduate students and professors on a daily basis, providing them with a close-up view of what graduate school is really like and also increasing their competitiveness as an applicant for graduate admissions and fellowships.

Adams has been paired with Dr. Victoria Interrante of the University of Minnesota. Interrante’s research involves computer graphics, 3D visualization, and implementation of algorithms for making images that effectively communicate information. She received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the federal government′s highest honor for new scientists in 1999, and was awarded the McKnight Land-Grant Professorship 2001-2003. Since that time, she has played a key role in building interdisciplinary connections between the perception and graphics/visualization communities internationally.

Adam’s faculty advisor at Rhodes is Dr. Betsy Sanders of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science.