PhD Program & Other Updates

PhD Program Updates :

  • April 2017–Celebrated my nephew’s 1st birthday in OH.
  • March 2017– Graduation Gown Arrived 🙂
  • March 2017– Successfully Defended my Dissertation Thesis! 🙂
  • January 2017– Started UX Researcher position with Northrop Grumman UXG team.
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  • September 2016–IRB Approved!:)
  • September 2016–Visited California for my 1st onsite full day interview 🙂
  • September 2016–Filmed for HopeSS
  • September 2016–Visited Google Austin Office 🙂
  • September 2016–Attended ACM Tapia Conference in Austin as an IBM scholar
  • September 2016– Visited Canada for the 1st time
  • September 2016–Booked my 1st AirBnB 🙂
  • September 2016–Proposed my Doctoral Dissertation Topic
  • August 2016– Received Google WE’16 student travel grant
  • August 2016– Found myself 3 new mentors: Drs. Wendy Carter Veal, Christine Grant, & Karsonya Wise Whitehead 🙂
  • August 2016– Received ICHI Student Travel Grant 🙂
  • August 2016– Received CHIPLAY SV Scholarship 🙂
  • August 2016– Attended my first PROMISE Summer Success Institute Event
  • August 2016–Attended & Participated in my 1st PROMISE Doctoral Dissertation House
  • August 2016–Revamped my personal website!
  • August 2016– Attending IBM Interns closing BBQ event
  • August 2016–Attending LeanIn-terns summer closing event at Facebook NYC Office
  • August 2016– Attending a special student ceremony with fiancé 🙂
  • August 2016– Attending my friend Juliana Ofori’s wedding in Maryland
  • July 2016– Caught up with OITNB 🙂
  • July 2016–Applied for Google’s SWE’16 student travel grant
  • July 2016–Submitted my resume to GHC 2016 Resume Database
  • July 2016–Applied for ICHI student travel grant
  • July 2016–Accepted to present at ICHI Doctoral Consortium in Chicago, IL
  • July 2016–Accepted to present at AfriCHI Doctoral Consortium in Nairobi, Kenya
  • July 2016–Submitted a research poster to WEEF-GSF 2016 conference in Seoul, Korea.
  • July 2016– Submitted profile to the new COEIT Website
  • July 2016–Visited the rain forest in Costa Rica!
  • July 2016–My team won 1st place in student poster competition during FLEEI conference
  • July 2016–Met Dr. Reneta Tull in person for the first time.
  • July 2016– Received a student travel scholarship to attend LACCEI 2016 conference in Costa Rica
  • July 2016– Assigned a new IBM Mentor Allan Bivens 🙂
  • July 2016– Visited the Google NYC office for Google insider night.
  • June 2016–Applied for Fall 2016 Dissertation House.
  • June 2016–Second Godson arrived! Thank you Ishmael!:)
  • June 2016–Became a volunteer for Rare Genomics Institute
  • June 2016– Joined LeanIn Summer Circle “Rocket Ship
  • June 2016–Student poster submission to AMIA- Rejected 😦
  • June 2016– Started Budgetnista’s 30 day living richer challenge
  • June 2016– Attended intern LeanIn-Terns Kick-off event at LinkedIn NY office
  • May 2016–Started using Digit app! I like it:)
  • May 2016– Started interning at IBM TJ Watson research lab under Marco Pistoia
  • May 2016– Moved to Whiteplains, NY for the summer
  • May 2016– Attended Gaither Vocal Band Concert in Woodbridge, VA
  • March 2016– Received a Scholarship (by LinkedIn) to attend GHC 2016 in Houston 🙂
  • March 2016–Research poster accepted to HCII 2016 🙂
  • February 2016– Applied to Women of Color in Academia Conference in Delaware.
  • February 2016–Got accepted to volunteer at the eHealth Week in Amsterdam 🙂
  • February 2016– Passed the Comprehensive Exams! 🙂
  • January 2016– Took the PhD Comprehensive Exams
  • January 2016— Applied for Scholarship to Tapia 2016 Conference
  • January 2016— Got accepted to attend CRA-W grad Cohort 2016 in San Diego, CA
  • January 2016– Submitted a poster and a paper to AMIA 2016
  • January 2016–Got Engaged! ❤
  • December 2015– Visited Kentucky for the first time 🙂
  • December 2015– Finished my last ‘real’ class for my PhD program 🙂
  • December 2015– Verily launched 🙂
  • December 2015– Began work as a planning committee member of a major Women in Tech conference
  • December 2015– Started planning my first CS women hackathon for Fall 2016 @ VVU
  • December 2015– Accepted into Women in Tech Africa group
  • November 2015– Contemplating whether to go the industry or academia route after my PhD program
  • November 2015– Reviewed my first CSCW paper 🙂
  • November 2015– Submitted to HCI International Conference in July 2016.
  • November 2015– Accepted to be part of the SHILAC MIT Medicine hackathon in the Caribbean
  • November 2015– Toured Loma Linda School of Medicine.
  • November 2015– Accepted to be a Judge at the Baltimore VEX Robotic Competition in January 2016
  • November 2015– Submitted a BOF and Session proposal to Tapia Conference 2016. Fingers crossed!
  • November 2015– Presented a paper and a poster at AMIA annual conference in San Francisco, CA
  • November 2015– Attended my first Blacks in Tech Meetup at Lyft HQ in SF
  • October 2015– Attended Grace Hopper Conference 2015 with a grant from Google
  • October 2015– Interned as an IBM LEADtoAfrica PhD researcher at Almaden, CA
  • June 2015– Started Google PhD UX researcher Summer internship in Mountain View, CA
  • May 2015–  Attended UMBC Graduate School Commencement on Ceremony
  • April 2015–Attended HIMSS Annual Conference in Chicago, IL as a program assistant
  • April 2015–Attended Collegiate and Young Professionals Conference in Chicago, IL
  • March 2015– Successfully defended MS thesis research
  • April 2015– Inducted to PhiKappaPhi Chapter 22
  • Inducted to the National Honor Society in 2013
  • Inducted into the Golden Key Honor Society in 2015
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