My name is Danielle Cherita Graves. I am a junior attending Elizabeth City State University in Elizabeth City, NC. My major is Applied Mathematics with a minor in Computer Science. My objective is to obtain the knowledge and skills at undergraduate and graduate levels that will enable a successful career in the fields of Mathematics and Computer Science.
As a student, I have always had a profound passion for mathematics and computers. My love for math and passion for computers strongly influenced my decision in choosing a major and a minor. Mathematics, because it is and has always been my best subject and I find great pleasure in problem solving. Computers, which are becoming a lifeline for today's society, have always been an interest of mine. I acknowledged early on that with technology advancing at the rate that it is, a career in the fields of computer science and mathematics would be a smart choice for me, especially as a minority. After obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mathematics, I plan to attend graduate school to pursue a Master's degree in Computer Science and a doctorate degree soon after.
In order to better prepare
myself for graduate school and the working world, I have not only conducted
research at my instituion, but I have also participated in a summer internship
program. At Elizabeth City State University, I am a researcher in the
Office of Naval Research
(ONR) program. Throughout the school year, many different training sessions
are conducted to introduce to some and ehance the skills of others using
various software packages and platforms. Thus far, the program has allowed
me opportunities to work with UNIX, HTML, C++, Adobe Photoshop, PageMaker,
Remote Sensing, Macromedia Dreamweaver 4.0 and MX, Macromedia Flash, Macromedia
Fireworks, and Macromedia Authorware, Earth 2.1, and ArcView. During my
freshman year (2001-2002), I was a member of the Math
of the Great Dismal Swamp Research Team. Our objective was to use
various software presentation packages to develop a program that would
present the water quality research, history, and geography of the swamp
in electronic format. Our research also included the development of an
interactive game, using mathematics and Great Dismal Swamp information,
that would be used in classrooms of K-3rd grades.
My research experiences have
been very useful, informative, and worthwhile. These opportunities are
steps that I now am able to climb in my journey to success. I plan to
continue to conduct research and expand my horizons so that I will be
a well-rounded individual with a broad list of capabilities.