Mass Academy Junior Receives NCWIT 2023 National Honorable Mention
Each year the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) recognizes and honors 9th – 12th grade women, genderqueer, or non-binary students who are active and interested in computing and technology through their Aspirations in Computing (AiC) program. Awards for AiC recipients are selected based on their aptitude and aspirations in technology and computing, as demonstrated by their computing experience, computing-related activities, leadership experience, tenacity in the face of barriers to access, and plans for post-secondary education. This year, 40 winners and 360 honorable mentions were selected from more than 3,300 amazing, talented young applicants.
Please join us in congratulating our 2023 National Honorable Mention, Mass Academy junior, Rianna Santra!
Rianna is currently a high school junior as of the fall of 2022. Earlier this year she got accepted in the MIT PRIMES program as a student researcher and helped analyze the differences of gene expression in babies using different machine learning models. She is currently researching different types of cancer classification using microarray gene data, and how to identify biomarkers from that data. As part of that research, she is designing and developing a neural network algorithm using gene expression data from online databases. Rianna teaches math and computer programming at local non-profits and schoolhouse.world as a way to give back to the community. In college, Rianna plans to major in computer science and computational biology specializing in artificial intelligence and deep learning so that frameworks of neural networks can be used to solve biological problems, such as diagnosing cancer in early stages. There are many applications in the bioinformatics field and many patterns that can be found in nature with the help of A.I. utilizing big data and Rianna plans to focus on these aspects of computer science.
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We are very proud of Rianna and encourage all to pursue their passions in computing and technology!