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Jasmine McKenzie, Senior
Major: Computer Science
Minor: Psychology
Research: Investigating the effectiveness of brain training programs for older adults and determining the areas of the brain that are most affected by these programs Work is under the supervision of Dr. Karina Lile

Jasmine McKenzie is a Senior Computer Science major and Psychology minor. She is a member of the Alice Carson Tisdale Honors College. Jasmine has conducted research at the University of South Carolina throughout the 2019 and 2020 summers through the South Carolina – Advancing Diversity in Aging Research (SC- ADAR) Program. During the first summer, she conducted research, collected data, and trained an artificial neural network on a smartwatch app that would detect falls and send alert to the proper authorities if needed. During the second summer, she researched the effectiveness of common memory games as they related to cognitive improvement and created games to further test her research. Jasmine currently works with Dr. Karina Liles on investigating the effectiveness of brain training programs for older adults and determining the areas of the brain that are most affected by these programs. She plans to create a website to house a brain training program that she will develop to further test its effectiveness. During her matriculation at Claflin University, Jasmine has taken part in several organizations and has held several leadership positions around the campus. These include, but are not limited to, Friends of the Earth, the National Association of Black Engineers, the Association for Computing Machinery, and her roles as a Resident Advisor, Peer Mentor, and Computer Science and Engineering Tutor. After graduation, Jasmine plans on joining a PhD program in Human Centered Computing or Human Computer Interaction.

London Thompson, Senior
Hometown: Columbia, SC
Classification: Senior
Major: Computer Engineering
Research: Determining factors of Alzheimer’s disease in African Americans/Building Virtual Learning System to Assist in Educating.
Work is under the supervision of Dr. Karina Liles.
Career Plans: To obtain a PHD in Computer Engineering
Community Service: Orangeburg Recreation and Parks Campus
Organizations: Alice Carson Tisdale Honors College, Men of Valor Emphasizing Respect and Service, Honor Society

Senior, London Thompson is currently completing his Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering and is on track to graduate in May 2021. He conducts research on determining factors of Alzheimer’s Disease in African Americans and is working on a virtual learning system to assist the community. He has also conducted research at the University of South Carolina in 2019 and returned for a second year in 2020. London has presented his work at the 2019 Gerontological Society of America Conference held in Austin Texas, where he elaborated on his project of the security and privacy of telehealth devices.