upcoming fall of 2005 I will be a sophomore majoring in Computer
Science with a minor in Aviation Science. I currently hold a 3.9
GPA and I was awarded the opportunity
to participate in the Undergraduate Research Experience internship
at Elizabeth City State University where I also attend school and
play for the ECSU Lady Vikings as
a starting guard.
love for computers began when I was just in elementary school. As
a young student I was drawn to computers and I wanted to learn as
much about them as possible. I realize
that computers practically control the world. They are used to store
the most basic information to the government’s top knowledge.
Computers are a very popular instrument
when communicating with others and developing new technologies.
order to enhance my technological knowledge I chose to select a
major dealing with computers. In that case I chose the Computer
Science major and took up a minor
in Aviation Science because I also have a passion for airplanes.
Currently, I am debating if I want to enter the Air Force after
I finish school.
summer, I was offered to participate
in an internship headed by
Dr. Linda Hayden. The Undergraduate
Research Experience (URE) was
quite an experience. At
this internship I gained
in Microsoft Windows, UNIX,
HTML, C++, Macromedia DreamWeaver
and Fireworks. In addition
to these computer
skills, I was given the opportunity
to become certified in CPR
and First Aid, as well as Boating.
this internship I was placed in the Dolphin Group where our purpose
was to be able to detect Bottlenose dolphins based on sea surface
temperature and chlorophyll levels through remote sensing. During
our research we were able to collect all our information through helpful
websites and other various data.The field work was conducted in the
Lower James River and the Elizabeth River to search for dolphins.
Unfortunately we did not see any dolphins, but our research is based
on the presence and absence of dolphins. Through our research, I learned
more in depth about Sea Surface Temperature (SST), Chlorophyll-A,
and “Case 1” and “Case 2” water.
We depended on these three factors,
in order to predict a good time
to search for dolphins.
closing, this internship experience with
Dr. Hayden was remarkable. I was able to
learn about several different computer programs
and prepare myself for a career in Computer
Science. This professional environment provided
me with the tools I need for the near future
and I am truly appreciative.
ask for a light load, but rather ask for a strong back."