My DREU Experience with Florida Institute of Technology

Victor Tumbiolo, AccessComputing Team Member

The Computing Research Association's Distributed Research Experience for Undergraduates (DREU) is a program that supports summer research experiences for undergraduate students from groups that are underrepresented in the computing field, which includes students with disabilities. AccessComputing has been partnering with this program for years to pair up team members with a variety of computing labs and faculty mentors.

During my time at DREU, I was involved in three projects: Building a mobile math application, a machine learning suicide prevention project, and ADHD research in the workplace. From the math-app project, I learned value skills in mobile development, and I feel comfortable developing my own mobile app. Additionally, the machine learning team just published a paper on the research we did, and I was listed as an author on that paper. This is a first for me so I am very excited to have something to show people.

The best part of my experience was the remote aspect. Since I was a remote worker, I was able to do my work while studying abroad in Oxford. I wrote code and completed research in England, Italy, and France. I would like to have a remote job out of college and travel Europe, so this was a taste of that lifestyle. I cannot thank DREU enough for the amazing experience, and I recommend this program to anyone interested!