Undergraduate Research Program

Ryan Shean

Shean, Ryan

Mentor: Bingni Brunton, Biology

Contact: rcs333@uw.edu

Current research project: Automatic Transcription of Hospital ECoG Patients



Translate your work so that we can all understand its importance
I use automatic speech recognition techniques to find times of interest in clinical neuroscience data in order to better examine the neural basis of speech in the brain.


What is the most exciting and/or rewarding aspect of your undergraduate research experience?
The most rewarding part of my research is how I feel like I’m actually adding to the body of scientific knowledge. It allows me to take concepts and techniques I’ve learned in the classroom and actually apply them to real world questions. It is extremely exciting to add new knowledge and feel like an important part of the larger scientific community, both on campus, and globally.


What advice would you give a student who is considering getting involved in undergraduate research?
Go ahead and try it out! It’s not a commitment for life or anything so see if you like it! Worst case, you don’t like it and move on, best case you fall in love like I did.