NSF awards research fellowship to Jones
Jasmine Jones, a first-year doctoral student at the School of Information, has just been awarded a 2013 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship, based on her “outstanding abilities and accomplishments,” as well as her potential to strengthen the vitality of the US science and engineering enterprise. The fellowship funds three 12-month units of research and study over a five-year period.
Approximately 60 students at the University of Michigan received NSF fellowships this year. Jones is the only recipient of this prestigious award at the School of Information and the only student known to have received this fellowship while enrolled at UMSI. She is also a Rackham Merit Fellow and a PhD Science Fellow of the GEM National Consortium.
Jones graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in 2012 with a BS in computer science and an interdisciplinary BA in human-computer interaction in an international cultural context. She developed her interest in human-computer interaction through numerous academic year and summer internships and NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates, which introduced her to research in areas like mobile and wearable computing, collaboration support systems, and technology accessibility. As a result, she became interested in the gap between information technology design and actual user experience, especially in how a person's individual background and experiences shape how they understand and interact with a technical artifact or system.
With the support of this fellowship, she plans to conduct research focused on ways to develop more inclusive technological systems considering the values, goals, expectations, and activities of all members of the system's sphere of influence. She anticipates extending her research beyond the U.S. borders by contributing to the field of information and communication technologies in developing countries.
Currently, Jones is conducting research on the role of public school nurses as healthcare coordinators in communities with disparities in health and access to care. A key component is understanding the practices and tools used for communication and information exchange between the parties involved: parents, school staff, community health services and other community members.