L.I.F.E. Foundation Fellowship

2020

Student Bio & Research

Carlee Franklin

Bio

I am a freshman Computer Science major at Northern Kentucky University. I graduated from George Rogers Clark High School in Winchester, Kentucky where I participated in the School Based Scholars Program during my senior year. With my increased exposure to NKU, I knew this school would become my home. For the first time in my academic career, I was shown an area of learning that perfectly encompassed my talents and passions: informatics. The uniqueness of NKU’s College of Informatics drew me into the university by showing me a new career journey that combines my passions of information, research, writing, and technology into one field of learning.

After beginning my first semester, I further realized that attending NKU was the best decision for me. Multiple faculty and staff members already knew me by name in relation to the L.I.F.E. Fellowship program, which helped me feel at home in my field of study. Furthermore, the professors that I interacted with both in and outside of class relieved the stress of the transition into college life. To further integrate myself into the NKU environment, I hope to get involved in on-campus organizations like Women in Informatics and the COI Ambassadors.

Upon learning about the L.I.F.E. Fellowship program, I realized that it would be the perfect outlet for me to combine my passions for research and Computer Science. This semester, I began working with Dr. Chattopadhyay on his research project to develop a web extension to fact-check online healthcare provider profiles and websites to combat Internet-related health anxiety. Being a L.I.F.E. Scholar has not only provided me with this unique opportunity, but it has also relieved financial setbacks, which allows me to fully commit to pursuing my passion. I am beyond grateful for the multitude of opportunities that have been provided to me, and I anticipate the journey that this scholarship will take me in the upcoming years. Thank you!

Research

Topic: Internet-Related Health Anxiety
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Ankur Chattopadhyay, NKU
Summary: We are working on a project to develop a web extension to fact-check online healthcare provider profiles and websites to combat Internet-related health anxiety.

Student Bio & Research

Peyton Hayes

Bio

I am a freshman at Northern Kentucky University majoring in Computer Science with a minor in Neuroscience. I graduated from Conner High School in 2020. While in high school, I took advantage of as many stem groups and classes as I could from learning CAD in my engineering classes to visiting the Georgetown Toyota Plant with Navigo. I wanted to learn as much as I could about technology. Since going to my sister’s orchestra concerts in Greaves Concert Hall years ago, I’ve always felt NKU was right in my backyard.

I’m minoring in Neuroscience thanks to my interest in robotics and prosthetics. Robotics have been fascinating to me for most of my life and near the end of my senior year of high school I started reading about robotic prosthetics and their advantages. These interests seemed to have perfectly aligned with the L.I.F.E. Fellowship. The ability to focus my studies on my interests and gain experience doing research is such an amazing opportunity and I'm truly grateful.

This fall I’m beginning research of cloud edge computing with Dr. Wei Hao to construct a highly available web system. With this research I hope to expand my abilities and discover additional fields that will lead to successful careers. Being introduced to this type of research early is something I’m very thankful for as it will help me build experience and skills I will need once I graduate. Although I’m excited about my current research, I hope to participate in more research related to robotics, neuroscience, and prosthetics in my later years of college.

I cannot begin to imagine how much this fellowship will do for me later in life. The early experience, focused study, and financial support will all lead me down a successful path that I could never thank you enough for.

Research

Topic: Cloud Edge Computing
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Wei Hao, NKU
Summary: We are working on creating a highly available web system.