Miyako is designing a website to
support an ongoing project that examines Guyanan legal aid
services for women and children victims of domestic violence.
How did you get involved in research?
I was maintaining the Sociology/Anthropology/Criminal Justice department website
in February 2009 and Dr. Mars asked me if I knew anyone who could work on the
website for her nonprofit. I volunteered my time and have been working on the
website and the quarterly newsletter since.
How has participating in research impacted your education?
I learned that I don't need a degree to do something useful.
What has been the most satisfying aspect of your research experience?
Knowing that I am helping people in Guyana.
What are your future plans? How has participating in research helped you in
preparing for those future plans?
I plan to eventually become a researcher of some sort. More immediately, I plan
to obtain a master's degree in computer science and also work as a website
developer. Having research experience will enhance my résumé and give me skills
needed for advanced course work.
What advice would you give to students interested in being involved in
The research might not be what you expected. You'll learn things and acquire skills that you may think are worthless at the time, but they'll probably come in handy later.