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Graduate Student Profiles
Ph.D. in Information & Computer Science
1st-year Ph.D. student in Computer Science
4th-year Ph.D. student in Information & Computer Science
Sun Young Park
4th-year Ph.D. student in Information & Computer Science
5th-year Ph.D. student in Computer Science
Nicole Miya Sylvester
2nd-year Ph.D. student in Information & Computer Science
4th-year Ph.D. student in Computer Science
2012-13 Fischer Memorial Fellow
Nicole Miya Sylvester
Nicole Miya Sylvester
Nicole Miya Sylvester has been awarded The Joseph and Dorothy Fischer Memorial Fellowship, established in 1982 by the directors of the Trilog Corporation in honor of their founder, Joseph Fischer. The fellowship is awarded every other year to one outstanding Ph.D. or M.S. student from the Bren School, for use as a summer stipend.
Where are you from?
I'm from Pacifica, a beach city just west of South San Francisco.
What are your previous academic degrees?
I completed my M.S. in informatics at UC Irvine and my interdepartmental B.A. in artistic and mathematical space at the University of Rochester.
Why did you choose to pursue graduate studies at UCI?
UC Irvine has a great atmosphere for interdisciplinary research. In particular, the EVOKE Lab at CalIT2 provides a platform for studies spanning the arts, design and information sciences.
What is your current research focus? Why did you choose to go into this field of study?
My research combines the fields of informatics and dance; I draw upon dance theory and dance improvisation to inform the choreography of experience design. I have chosen my area of study because I can't help but see the value in merging these fields for applications in design.
What are your future plans?
At this moment, I am interested in working at a startup company. Tomorrow, I might dive back into academia.
How do you like to spend your time outside of school?
If I had to pick a hobby, I suppose it would be bike riding. You can catch me practicing my "Premium Rush" moves when I bike to campus from my home in Santa Ana.
Any words of wisdom for prospective grad students looking to study at UCI?
Take the time to make friends outside of school. Although it is easier to get to know classmates, it is refreshing to have peers who are passionate about things that are completely unrelated to the topics we learn about in class.