I was very fortunate to be able to directly work on research very early during my undergraduate program as a Computer Science student. In fact, I got to know about this opportunity during one of the departmental orientation sessions for new students. I talked to Professor Kris D. Schindler right after the session and he was very encouraging; right then I knew this could lead to something incredible.
For the rest of my undergraduate degree, I was deeply involved with the research and development of UB Talker which required many field trips to meet and interact with real users. This experience was immensely helpful in understanding how theory translates to real world practical applications and the unique challenges posed in the business world. The entire credit goes to my mentor and this program that encourages students from different disciplines and backgrounds to carry out research activities to advance their domain knowledge.
This research not only helped me land my first internship but also laid the foundation for my career after I graduated. I already had a job offer three months before I graduated, at a company that was working directly in the field of my research. I have since moved on to better opportunities but the entire experience and learnings from the research are still widely applicable in my daily job and has shaped me to think more holistically about users and customers along with problem solving.
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