This summer I had the pleasure of having Carolyn Rose as my mentor through the DREU program. Carolyn works in both the Language Technologies Institute and the Human-Computer Interaction Institute, although I only worked on projects in Language Technologies. Her research is primarily in discourse analysis, which is subfield of natural language processing focused on studying the nature of conversations.
Carolyn was constantly encouraging me to push myself and explore all my options so I could find out what research topics I was most passionate about. She helped me sort through the daunting task of applying to graduate programs, and encouraged me to continue independent research by doing a senior thesis my senior year. The support and advise she gave me throughout the summer has been indespensible as I try to figure out what direction I want to go in as I graduate.