UF PhD Student Makes Human-Centered Computing Connections in Uruguay

Release Date: April 29 2019

UF doctoral candidate Sanethia Thomas (Human-Centered Computing Doctor of Philosophy, Class of 2019) recently spent two weeks as a visiting fellow at the Technological University of Uruguay (UTEC, Universidad Tecnológica del Uruguay), where she held sessions on human-centered computing at UTEC’s Fray Bentos and Durazno campuses, teaching undergraduate students and interacting with local faculty in her field.
 
A National Science Foundation graduate research fellow and Intel GEM fellow, Thomas said the highlights of her first visit to the South American country were “teaching and engaging with the students, seeing their presentations, and exploring the country.”
 
Thomas’ teaching stint overseas gave her opportunity to navigate a different culture and solve problems in an unfamiliar environment.
 
“Indeed, embracing another culture was a wonderful experience,” Thomas said.
 
Her visiting fellowship was coordinated by the UF Office of Graduate International Outreach (OGIO), which works on enhancing the UF Graduate School’s global reach and opening international teaching opportunities for UF graduate students.
 
To learn more about OGIO programs, email Dr. Emilia Hodge, Director of Graduate Education Outreach, at ehodge@aa.ufl.edu