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Alumni Interview Series: Sarah Mathew – Graduate Student and Research Assistant, Georgia Tech

For the final installment in our Alumni Interviews (for now), we're hearing from Sarah Mathew! Sarah graduated from the Macaulay Honors College in 2018, and is now pursuing a PhD at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she participates in graduate research. Read on to learn more from Sarah herself:

Thanks for taking the time to speak with us! What are you working on these days, academically and/or professionally?:

I work on human-ai trust and collaboration in creative contexts.

Thinking in terms of your current projects - school or work - can you tell us a little about how studying at Hunter helped you get there?

I really got to think like a scientist by participating in Dr. Epstein's lab group. It was also a space that helped develop my own research interests and then entrance into grad school.

What do you find exciting about your field right now?:

More folks have direct access to AI and purposefully/directly interact with them  (i.e. using the GPT-3 family of technologies instead of something more backend like recommender systems) -- I'm excited to see how that kind of interaction or relationship develops.

What do you see yourself doing downline? Say, 5 years from now: will you be working more deeply in the area you are now, or branching out to something else?:

I'm really not sure, it can go either way. So far, I've been guided by things that seemed impactful (maybe a mission I align with) or rocket-scientist cool. I would love to work for a museum at some point or even for the library for example.

Serious stuff aside, what do you miss about your time at Hunter?:

I've been out of town for a few years now, so I mostly miss the city aspect as well as my favorite halal cart. In terms of the college experience, I miss the structure and variety.

Is there an album/artist/genre of music that you like to listen to when you code, or some other tool/practice that helps you get in the zone?:

Chopin or other classical music, jazz, etc. If it has lyrics, then it can be hard to focus, especially if I'm trying to get through a stack of papers.