Undergraduate Christina Chung (supervisor: Marsha Chechik) received an honorable mention for the CRA's Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award for PhD-granting institutions 2017.
Christina is actively developing a web portal to serve a previously developed algorithm, referred to as the Drug Network fusion (DNF) for querying, downloading and visualizing large-scale drug taxonomy data. DNF is a versatile tool that leverages the power of systems biology and pharmacology in order to infer new hypotheses about the mode of action of chemical compounds prior to clinical use.
Earlier this year, Christina brought together a team of students to develop the web application, since it would require different kinds of technical expertise. She recruited five students who would be interested in collaborating, and now leads the effort.
Christina was also involved in the developed the Department of Computer Science Undergraduate Project Portal (DCSUPP), aimed to help undergraduates seek research positions.
The CRA announced:
"This year's nominees were a very impressive group. A number of them were commended for making significant contributions to more than one research project, several were authors or coauthors on multiple papers, others had made presentations at major conferences, and some had produced software artifacts that were in widespread use. Many of our nominees had been involved in successful summer research or internship programs, many had been teaching assistants, tutors, or mentors, and a number had significant involvement in community volunteer efforts. It is quite an honor to be selected for honorable mention."
A list of the winners, runners-up, finalists, and honorable mentions appears below. Announcement of the awards will be posted to CRA-E's website. In addition, the January 2017 issue of Computing Research News will include an article on the awards. Microsoft Research is the sponsor of this year's awards.