L.I.F.E. Foundation Fellowship


Student Bio & Research

Hannah Creech


I am a Computer Science and Neuroscience double major. I graduated from Harrison County High School where I had my first programming experience. I ended up at NKU through a series of unfortunate fortunate events. The unfortunate event being an inability to gain a medical waiver to attend West Point, the US Military Academy. The fortunate events being becoming a recipient of the LIFE Scholarship and having a couple of other scholarship opportunities to attend NKU.

I came to NKU to study Computer Science with the intention of minoring in Neuroscience, an interest that stemmed from nerve damage I incurred my freshman year of high school. I chose to study Computer Science after falling in love with programming my junior year of high school. I had originally planned to become a lawyer before I took a computer science class. After taking some of the classes for Neuroscience, I decided to upgrade it to an additional major. I have had great opportunities and experiences since coming to NKU and being a L.I.F.E. Fellow.

Through NKU and my scholarship, I have been able to do undergraduate research. I started my research background here with comparative research of cloud computing and edge computing. I am currently doing research in bioinformatics as well as artificial intelligence. Through this research I have learned a lot of new skills. I worked on assembling genomes and predicting American football plays. I have been able to present my research at NKU and my artificial intelligence research at UK’s computational summit. I am currently working on predicting scores in football games. I have also been able to grow close mentoring relationships with the professors I’ve worked with. I am extremely thankful for the opportunities this scholarship has given me as well as for the financial aid.


Topic: Predicting American Football Scores and Plays
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Richard Fox, NKU
Summary: Applying knowledge-based artificial intelligence approaches, support vector machines, and neural networks to use data to predict score outcomes and each play of of football games.

Topic: Assembling and Comparing Diatom Genomes
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Joshua Cooper, NKU
Summary: Using high throughput computation, assemble diatom genomes from field samples. Compare different evolutionary genomes to see similarities and differences in the genome.

Topic: Comparative Edge Computing
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Wei Hao, NKU
Summary: Gather a solid base of knowledge of Amazon Edge computation and compare Edge computing with regular service by creating an Edge Application Program Interface.

Student Bio & Research

Jaylen Jones


I am a Computer Science Major with a minor in Neuroscience. I was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and have lived in various parts of the city throughout my entire life. I attended schools in the Mt. Healthy School District for my entire academic career and graduated from Mt. Healthy Jr./Sr. High School in 2018. During my time there, I was able to progress past two grades, 2nd and 6th grade, and be advanced to a higher level. Despite being an abnormal experience, progressing past two grades helped me grow into myself by challenging me with more difficult material and allowing me to grow socially with new people.

I chose the Computer Science Major due to my constant interest in the way computers and computer programs work and how they can be used to improve the world. As a child, I was interested in things such as robots, artificial intelligence, and other works of science fiction and see if it’s possible to turn that fiction into reality. I was also interested in how the brain works and how various human behaviors develop after I took Psychology and Sociology classes during high school. My hope is to be able to use computer science and neuroscience to be able to make developments in fields that require knowledge of both in order to be able to progress and to be able to try to improve the world in some way. While Northern Kentucky University provided me other benefits such as being near home and a full ride, NKU also gave me the chance to explore both of these interests through the L.I.F.E. Fellowship.


Topic: Edge Computing
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Wei Hao, NKU
Summary: In this project, we used AWS Lambda, AWS Lambda@Edge, and Swift in order to test the speeds of programs to prove viability of Edge Computing. We found that Edge Computing ran programs faster by allowing the user to access servers closer to their location.

Topic: The Role of Genes Involved in Methyl Cycle in Development of Cancer
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Erin Strome, NKU
Summary: In this project, we found two genes that were shown to play a part in the development of cancer and ran multiple tests to try to find why they were implicated. We initially looked at genes that were changed when the original two genes were removed and ran analyses such as looking at the function of those genes, how the chromosomes are effected, and location of these genes.

Topic: Data Cleaning for Website
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Marius Truta, NKU
Summary: In this project, we are trying to clean data for the website that runs surveys to figure out how the biggest rivals of sports teams in various leagues. In order to do this, we use Python in order to run various validity tests on the data produced from the surveys.