First I would like to thank the ACM-W for awarding undergraduate students these scholarships. In my case, it was a turning point in my academic endeavor because I had a first-hand experience in a field I want to join. I am interested in new advances in interactive architecture and education. I attended interesting lectures on architectural patterns, design and computation, urban reconstruction and NVIDIA sponsored sessions. I started the conference planning on attending only a certain amount of talks but I ended up spending more time afterwards listening to other captivating presentations (visual aesthetics, data visualization, etc), learning about emerging technologies, visiting the art gallery or just hanging out at the education booth.
I must also thank my mentors Pr. Gitta Domik and Dr. Sue Gollifer for taking the time to make my experience at SIGGRAPH memorable. Pr. Domik taught me basically all I need to know about researching and Dr. Gollifer introduced me to all the SIGGRAPH pioneers. I also thank the education committee for their help and to make me feel at home (special thanks to everyone who signed my birthday card).I am not exaggerating if I say that I was the mentee of the whole education committee.
Next month, I will be starting my last year as an undergraduate student. I can feel that it will be more intense and fulfilling. SIGGRAPH inspired me and my mentors encouraged me so I have more zeal and zest to pursue my academic career in computer graphics. But I forgot to mention that SIGGRAPH is fun, anyone can find their place there. This conference is part of my schedule every year now, and not merely as an attendant but also as a participant.
BA/BS Oklahoma Christian University
Attended SIGGRAPH 2010