Gabriela Marcu receives CUR Faculty Mentor Award for work with undergraduates
UMSI Assistant professor Gabriela Marcu has received the 2018 Faculty Mentor Award from the Mathematics and Computer Science Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR), the organization announced November 15. This award is given in recognition of outstanding mentoring of undergraduate research students.
One of three awardees selected this year, Marcu directs the Empathic Research Group, an interdisciplinary and diverse team working researching user experience with funding from a variety of sources, including the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
Prior to coming to the U-M School of Information in fall 2018, she lead a team of staff, faculty, and students at Drexel University in launching a new effort to improve recruitment and retention of women in undergraduate computing majors, in partnership with NCWIT Extension Services for Undergraduate Programs. This work enabled a new major strategic initiative for the college, focused on Women in Computing. She was recognized with an NCWIT Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award for "outstanding mentorship, high-quality research opportunities, recruitment of women and minority students, and efforts to encourage and advance undergraduates in computing-related fields."
Her research interests include human-centered design, participatory research and design, experiences of stigma and marginalization, behavioral and mental health and health collaboration. She holds a PhD from Carnegie Mellon University in human-computer interaction.
Gabriela Marcu is an assistant professor in the School of Information and in the College of Engineering, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.