Since joining Kean in the Department of Computer Science (CS) in 2013, Dr. Juan (Jenny) Li has shared her expertise with Kean students in a number of ways. In addition to one-on-one research mentoring which has led to 10 co-authored publications with undergraduate students, her mentored student research teams were been selected for the prestigious Council for Undergraduate Education’s Posters-on-the-Hill event in 2016, where her student Yulia Rossikova received the award for Best Student Research, selected from over 100 posters nationally.
In 2017, Dr. Li worked with Kean undergraduates to build a chapter for computer science women (Association for Computing Machinery – Women ACM-W). Her students, under her direction, developed a proposal for seed funding, which was awarded by the National Center for Women and Information Technology with a Seed Fund Grant, recognizing the efforts of her team to build and expand female students in CS and IT. Many of these students are also collaborating with Dr. Li on research.
In 2016, Dr. Li worked with Trinity College to bring mobile computer science principles coursework to Kean, hosting the event during the summer. Her undergraduate students were invited to attend and participate with CS educators from the region, inspiring the students to consider research careers. She received a Google Computer Science for High School (CS4HS) grant in support of her work with teachers and students.
During the summer Dr. Li supervises student research, as well as working with her research teams during the academic year. Her research focus is on machine learning and artificial intelligence, two areas of critical importance to fields such as cyber security and health informatics. In support of Kean’s work with Union County College in the STEMPact grant Dr. Li collaborated with students from UCC and Kean during the summers of 2016 and will do so again this coming summer.
Recently she encouraged students to practice their interviewing skills with her, which for a CS/IT major, often includes writing code on a whiteboard while interviewers observe. She successfully mentored two of her fall semester students, leading to an offer of an FBI Internship for one and a Google Interview for another.
Her mentoring, whether one on one, in a group or in the classroom is encouraging, positive, and inclusive. She serves as a dynamic, energetic model for everyone at Kean.
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is pleased to congratulate Kean University’s Faculty Research Mentor for the Year 2017, Dr. Jenny Li!