Spotlight on Undergraduate Research — Tiffanie Crumbie

Monday, December 13, 2021

After listening to her Valencia College professors — especially Professor of Biology Ricardo Silva — talk about research, Tiffanie Crumbie decided last fall to take IDH 2911 to gain insight on the entire research process from start to finish. Although she wasn’t able to pursue her own independent research project before her Valencia graduation, she enjoyed Professor of Psychology Melonie Sexton’s course so much that she knew it was something she wanted to do in the future.

Now studying computer science at the University of Central Florida, Tiffanie recently started conducting research in a medical robotics lab where she focuses on computer vision. Additionally, she was accepted into the Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement program this past September, which works with underrepresented students to help them excel in research and succeed in their higher education goals.

“To me, research means that no two days will be the same. I think that’s what I find most interesting about it,” Tiffanie explained. “There’s always a new way to solve a problem or a different technique to use. I enjoy working to solve problems that nobody has the answer to yet. To me, that’s the fun of research — being able to read the work of those that came before me is another part of research that I enjoy. It’s quite inspiring to see how other people solved a problem in a way I didn’t even think of. The collaborative nature of research is something that’s helped me grow as a person more than I could ever imagine.”

Tiffanie says that research has allowed her to grow her network of students and professors in ways she wouldn’t have been able to otherwise, and she’s had the opportunity to challenge herself beyond her coursework. And it’s certainly helped to shape her future career as she plans to pursue a master’s degree and eventually a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering, with a focus on conducting research in medical imaging and bioinformatics.

“Engaging in research has made me a better writer, listener and a better student overall,” she said.

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