Crystal Boston Clay
Ph.D. in Informatics
What degree are you working toward?
I am pursuing a doctoral degree in informatics with a focus in human computer interaction (HCI).
Why did you choose graduate school at IUPUI?
I was exposed to the informatics program at IUPUI through the HBCU STEM Summer Scholars Institute. As a STEM Scholar, I was able to visit the campus, learn about the various programs, and meet with faculty and staff. I knew that IUPUI would provide the necessary educational and professional exposure required to be a successful informatician.
What’s been your favorite academic accomplishment since you’ve been here?
One of my most gratifying academic accomplishments was the successful completion of my qualifying exam. Although the exam is only one of many milestones, passing the exam implies that the light at the end of the “doctoral journey” is beginning to illuminate.
What do you enjoy most about life in Indianapolis?
The incredibly helpful and compassionate people who live here. My transition from the south to the Midwest was initially intimidating, but the people I have met provided amazing support.