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Tiffany Clark

Major: Computer Science

Minor: Mathematics 

Research Mentor: Dr. Brent Seales


I enjoy research because.... "I enjoy research because it offers hands-on experience, an in-depth exploration of my passion, and continuous intellectual challenges, fostering both personal and professional growth."


How did you first get interested in undergraduate research at UK?

"I first became interested in undergraduate research at the University of Kentucky through the encouragement of Stan and Karen Pigman, generous donors to the Pigman College of Engineering. In my freshman year, they asked if I had an interest in research and connected me with Dr. James Brusuelas, an associate research professor with the EduceLab team. Working with Dr. Brusuelas during my freshman year ignited my passion for research, thanks to the support and opportunities facilitated by the Pigmans and the EduceLab."


How long have you been engaged in undergraduate research?

"I have been engaged in undergraduate research for 3 years. I have been engaged in undergraduate research since my freshman year. I worked with Dr. Brusuelas in the Department of Computer Science for the year. Then, my sophomore year I completed bioinformatics research with the College of Medicine. Now, as a junior I'm completing research with Dr. Seales and the EduceLab. I plan to continue in this lab until I graduate."


What has been the most exciting aspect of your research so far?

"The most exciting aspect of my research has been the opportunity to contribute to the digital preservation and analysis of the Herculaneum scroll fragments, uncovering untold insights into the classical world. Developing the relational database and website for the EduceLab team's ambitious project has been particularly thrilling, as it not only involves the intricate organization of diverse data but also holds the promise of making this wealth of historical information more accessible to researchers and the public alike. The potential to unlock new perspectives and contribute to digital humanities and classical studies is what continuous to drive my passion for this project."


What advice would you give to other UK students thinking about doing research?

"Do not be afraid to reach out to professors. While it might be intimidating to email or visit a professor you haven't had a class with, most are eager to engage with students and share potential opportunities in their labs. They actively seek enthusiastic undergraduate students to join their research endeavors, so take the initiative to connect with them. You'll likely find that they appreciate your interest and are open to fostering a collaborative and enriching research experience for you."