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Kean Researchers Attend National Conferences

A Zoom screenshot of Kean faculty and students meeting with staff from Sen. Cory Booker's office.

National Conference on Undergraduate Research

Twenty-two Kean students representing various majors including computer science, global business, management and recreational therapy presented at the virtual 2022 NCUR. Computer science student Eric Landaverde and his faculty advisor Daehan Kwak, Ph.D., won NCUR’s inaugural research competition for their presentation, Sentiment Visualization and Topic Modeling on Face Mask Usage, in the mathematics and computer science division.

Posters on the Hill 

Junior computer science students Eric Alves-Ponte and Xavier Amparo were accepted to present their research, What Is This Pill? A Machine-learning Approach for Pill Identification, as part of Posters on the Hill. They, along with their faculty advisor Daehan Kwak, Ph.D., met with Ira Lit, Ph.D., senior policy fellow, and Gloria Nuñez, legislative correspondent, both from the Office of U.S. Sen. Cory Booker. The research team discussed the value of National Science Foundation funding for undergraduate research, and the America COMPETES Act of 2022 for students at minority-serving institutions such as Kean. They also advocated for more financial support for federal research agencies and research-serving legislation. 

Sophomore Anthony Diaz received an honorable mention for his research, I Feel You: An AI Emotional Assistant for Mental Health.