Helping Others Through Computers

A portrait of Ayana Monroe in a library in front of books.

Aiding people through technology. That idea is what fuels Ayana Monroe’s passion for conducting research in human-computer interaction. The double major in computer science and information science discovered that passion through internships at John Hopkins University, the National Security Agency, Onyx Point, and AstraZeneca.

As a Chancellor’s Science Scholar at UNC-Chapel Hill, Ayana has engaged in different kinds of work, such as building a news authentication tool through the Humans and Technology Lab at Clemson University and writing a research paper on human-computer interaction.

Her experience in research has reaffirmed her ultimate goal of becoming a professor, a goal she said she’s had since middle school.

“I’ve done a lot of volunteering and always liked teaching young people about computer science, and so I’d like to become a professor. That’s something I’ve known since middle school. It always seemed like a grand profession — to teach people everywhere. To teach people who will go on to teach people.”

Read more about Ayana in this Q&A…

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