International student Sara Wang ’16 recently received an honorable mention for outstanding undergraduate researchers by the Computer Research Associates. Nominated by Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science Christine Shannon, Wang was recognized in the category of women at non-Ph.D. institutions.
The award program distinguishes undergraduate students in North American universities who show outstanding research potential in the area of computing research.
Wang spent summer 2015 interning with a biostatistics group at John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health analyzing RNA sequencing data in the Short Read Archive to build predictors for sex, disease, population and more. She became interested in the world of science after engaging in a research project with Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Mathematics Forrest Stonedahl her sophomore year, prompting her to look into a summer internship in genomics data.
“I have been enjoying my time working on research, and receiving this honor definitely gives me more motivation to continue my work,” Wang said. “Courses I took in the past and the research experiences at Centre College absolutely helped me to get to this point. I could not have achieved this without my three year journey at Centre.”
Wang, a native of China, is returning to John Hopkins this January and hopes to do her graduate work there.
by Elise L. Murrell
January 5, 2016