Student Spotlight | March 2014
Describe your research in just two sentences that we can all understand: I am researching the negative effects reverberation has on the hearing of adults with cochlear implants and potential ways to suppress those effects.
Q: Who mentors your project?
A: I work with Dr. Kostas Kokkinakis in the Electrical Hearing Laboratory.
Q: What surprised you about doing research?
A: The most pleasant surprise was the people. Despite common misconceptions about doing research, there is actually a lot of opportunity to work closely with people. My absolute favorite experience with research was witnessing one of my participants being interviewed. He discussed his isolation and loneliness before being fitted with cochlear implants and how his life has improved since the surgery. It was incredibly rewarding and reaffirming.
Q: What do you like most about your research?
A: I love being able to step out of the classroom and learn through experience. Lectures are great but they only go so far. I like the opportunity to actually touch things and expand on what I have heard by doing.
Q: What advice would you give to a friend wanting to get involved in research?
A: Do it. It is not as daunting or exclusive as many think. If you just ask within your department or the Center for Undergraduate Research, there are plenty of opportunities to get in on existing research or start an original project.
Q: How do you spend your time when you’re not working on your research?
A: I am a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, I work frequently with the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and of course, I love going to all of the basketball games.