Project title: Improving the End User License Agreement
To start off this research experience was something new that was introduced to me and I encourage future students to go ahead and apply to summer REU's. You get to undergo amazing research and meet other students coming from every background. This is experience you won't get in the classroom. You work with awesome advisors that you really learn a lot from and can also be recommendations for you in the future. If interested in grad school, this will definitely give you a feel on what it feels to be a grad student. I enjoyed my time at UNCC and look forward to future amazing experiences.
As my research is coming to an end, one of my favorites things I have done so far this summer was going to The White Water Center, I overcame my fear of heights as I went bungee jumping and zip-lining. Also, just being able to create my own website because it was something that I've never done before.
The display of my website is coming out to look greater than I thought it would be knowing that I have no prior web page experience. Keeping it simple gives it a look that is user friendly and also less time consuming. I researched different websites and based my design off of one that was simple but yet amazing. What I liked most about this week was that I started to use all the code I learned from tutorials to create my own work.
During week 4 of my research, my partner and I started to develop two websites that will be used in our EULA expirement. I never had any web developing experience coming into this research, but learning the language so far has been quite simple from other programming languages that I have experience with.
In my second week of the REU program, I am now in the brainstorming phase of my research. In the beginning of the week I used my time to get familiar with the all the programs and softwares I will be using to conduct my research, and also getting everything situated with the IRB. Reading articles during my first week really helped me understand certain terminology and also gave me a better idea of understanding the research I will be conducting. This week was a handful and the work is starting to get very tedious, but it is nothing I am not used too. I am looking forward to the further weeks to come.
During the summer research I am hoping to accomplish a vast amount of work. I understand that this will take much more effort than usual, and it is a task I am ready to pursue. On the learning side of things, I want to enhance my critical thinking skills. Being able to think well and solve problems systematically is an asset for any career. Within my respective lab, I want to learn more about HCI in general. Humans interact with technology on a day to day basis. Studying those interactions to make technology safer and more user-friendly is something I never came across before and would like to have a broad understanding of social interaction with technology upon leaving this summer research.