MichelleMichelle  is a 1st year Honours Computer Science student at the University of Waterloo. She was awarded a 2016 OCUF Youth Bursary and is a member of DUCA.

In her words – As an aspiring computer scientist, I would like to have a career that will improve the lives of others after graduating from university. A specific field of computer science that I would like to study as an undergraduate student is Machine Learning, which is the study of developing algorithms to let machines learn from information on their own (without being explicitly programmed). The Machine Learning field is responsible for many useful products found in everyday life, such as software to prevent fraud during online banking and purchases. Machine Learning is also responsible for products that may be found in the everyday lives of future generations, such as the Google self-driving cars.

As a volunteer, I also believe it is important for students to be involved in their community in order to have a better understanding of problems and issues facing the community. For example, I have volunteered at school events such as bake sales and caroling, in order to raise money for ROCK, a charity dedicated to improving mental health in the Halton Region. I have also volunteered at food drives for Second Harvest, a program that delivers food (that would otherwise be wasted) to people in Toronto who are in need.