University of Minnesota
Student, University of Minnesota; 2014 STEM Education Scholarship Fund Award Winner
Vanessa is a sophomore at the University of Minnesota majoring in computer science. This past summer, she did research in natural language processing at the University of Texas at El Paso. She was awarded fifth place for best poster presentation for her research “Determining the Proficiency of Bilingualism of English-Spanish Speakers.” She was also very involved on campus at her former school, Normandale Community College. She helped to establish the school’s local STEM club as secretary and assistant leader of a student-driven quadcopter project. She also re-created and built a foundation for Japanese Club as club president. She has committed more than 300 hours to community service projects and volunteering through the student organization Leadership Through Service. She intends to continue doing research in artificial intelligence and natural language processing through the National Science Foundation’s undergraduate program in the summer of 2015. After completing her degree, she intends to go to graduate school in computer science.