Program Highlights

Program Highlights

Aahad Abubakar, who was a student in the 2022 Motorola Foundation Scholars program, will participate on Saturday, March 12, at the BIG EAST Conference. The conference will host the inaugural BIG EAST Undergraduate Research Poster Symposium at Madison Square Garden, the morning of the Men’s Basketball Conference Championship Game.

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Maria Alexandra Theodorescu, DePaul University | Engineering, Mathematics, and Computer Science

In the spring, 11 DePaul students participated in the Chicago Area Undergraduate Research Symposium at Robert H. Lurie Medical Research Center. Maria Alexandra Theodorescu who was a Motorola Foundation Scholars recipient at DePaul earned third place, for her poster presentation at the symposium.

“Participation in undergraduate research is a learning activity that broadens and deepens students’ classroom learning,” says Daniela Stan Raicu, associate provost for research at DePaul. “Students engaged in research develop a range of skills including critical thinking, problem solving, communication and collaboration. Having our undergraduates present at CAURS provided an opportunity to showcase undergraduate research taking place at DePaul, as well as offered the students a sense of community to research teams and labs belonging to the Chicago area.”

Theodorescu, a student in the School of Computing in the Jarvis College of Computing and Digital Media and recipient of the Motorola Foundation Scholars, covered data science and how end-users of machine learning models are not always trained data scientists. She argued it is crucial these models be infused with domain knowledge in order to increase explainability and trust in their output.