Bioinformatics student wins Fulbright Fellowship
August 3, 2016
Ellen Korcovelos, from Richmond, Virginia, received her Bachelor of Science degree in bioinformatics in May 2016 from Virginia Commonwealth University and currently works at Commonwealth Computer Research Inc. (CCRi) as a data scientist. Though she now specializes in natural language processing and machine learning, Korcovelos spent her undergraduate years researching various facets of dementia. During this time, Korcovelos began developing computational means of analyzing the speech of patients with neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer's disease and Mild Cognitive Impairment. Korcovelos has presented her work at multiple conferences, including the National Council of Undergraduate Research, Capital Region Celebration of Women in Computing, and the Alzheimer's Association International Conference. Besides her research, Korcovelos also enjoys participating in activities that couple technology and medicine; she and her team won first place at HackDC for their mobile application for veterans with PTSD and third place at RamHacks for their mobile application tracking flu epidemics across the US. After her year spent completing a Fulbright Fellowship at the University of Toronto under Dr. Graeme Hirst and Dr. Frank Rudzicz, Korcovelos will return to the US to pursue a Ph.D. in computational linguistics and continue working at CCRi.