Week 9 is my Light

It’s Week 9!


“Are You Ready For it…?” – Taylor Swift

This week has been the most intense week filled with much work and achievement to properly end the REU program. My team and I spent much time taking Dedoose testing and code modification for a couple hours each day. The results have been outstanding in which our team agreement increased significantly above the 0.8 score. We are extremely excited! This is essential for our research before our departure because it allows our research to understand the possible paper prototype.

My team and I have finalized the story board and script for our research video. This will be recorded on Monday and posted. You can be access our current story board and script in the link below:



The poster has been visually modified with font sizes and photos added. The only section left to add is in the results section. This will be added on Monday and Tuesday in Week 10:



Five things I wish I knew before going into the ProHealth REU experience:

  1. Research about the faculty within the School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering and if a topic interested me, I would like to receive the opportunity to grab coffee with them.
  2. The activities occurring at Bradford Woods beforehand.
  3. The research topics available within the REU program before applying
  4. A biography of the graduate mentors and their interest before arriving to Indiana
  5. How to write ACM research papers (Basic understanding)

Five things future REU students should consider doing to be successful

  1. Don’t feel that the workplace desk in the ProHealth connector space is your permanent desk to work. Every person has their own preferred niche. Students can find their places in which they feel comfortable within SICE buildings, as long as the student and mentor can communicate where they are located. For example, I found my best quiet places in Luddy Hall collaborative work rooms and the first floor study space in Informatics East.
  2. Constantly ask questions to your mentor and faculty! At times, I have felt confused and lost within my research and feel I do not want to bother my mentors. However, they are there for you. Take great advantage to talk to your mentors and build constant communication.
  3. There is always work within research. If you feel you have completed your assigned tasks and don’t have much to do, look into ways to help your mentor lower their work and brainstorm ideas for your research design that could be asked later within the research processes.
  4. Email and invite faculty that interest you. Ask a faculty if they have availability in their research lab and if they seem interesting, invite them to your research presentations and talks so they can see how you present and build a scholarly relationship.
  5. Don’t overwhelm yourself. At times, I have felt there were many tasks to complete within a week that would take 10-15 hours a day. If you feel tired and need time to rest, always take care of yourself.