Undergrad Alum Profiles:

Beth Trushkowsky and Tiffany Chen

From the Fall 2007 issue of Threads

Beth Trushkowsky

Beth Trushkowsky

Beth Trushkowsky and Tiffany Chen both entered Duke in Fall 2003 and were assigned to Professor Jeff Forbes as premajor advisees. They both had varied interests but ended up choosing an academic plan involving computer science because it enabled them to learn through practice.

Beth Trushkowsky excelled in her independent work. Her project was Collaborative indexing and annotation of bibliographic databases (CoBib), which involved the development of a web repository of research papers that provides users within the research community the means to collaboratively index and annotate citations. She presented at ADMI 2007 and led Duke’s team at the Spelman College Computer Science Olympiad in 2005, 2006, and 2007. What Trushkowsky enjoyed most about Computer Science was creating real applications as part of the learning process.

Tiffany Chen

Tiffany Chen

Tiffany Chen's research began in the Howard Hughes fellowship program, where she worked in Dr. Fred Nijhout’s Biology lab creating a mathematical model and writing software for experiments dealing with the body’s transport of folate (vitamin B9). Her interest in both biology and computer science led her to an interdepartmental Computer Science/Biology major. Chen liked computer science for the opportunity to be innovative in making something work and then reusing and improving the product in future work.

Trushkowsky and Chen graduated in May 2007 with bachelor degrees in Computer Science. Both students have shown a great deal of potential and will continue their studies at top graduate programs. Trushkowsky will enroll in the PhD program at University of California, Berkeley. She plans to further her work in database systems there. Chen received a $10,000 Google Anita Borg Scholarship, and will work towards a PhD in Biomedical Informatics at Stanford University, applying computing techniques to biological problems. Both Trushkowsky and Chen are students from whom one should expect great things as they continue down their chosen academic paths.

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