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Scott Cambo, InfoSci Undergrad

Affiliation: Information Science major, Cognitive Science minor

Hometown: Worcester, Massachusetts

Why did you choose Cornell?

When I visited Cornell's campus, I really had no idea what to expect. Upon arrival, I first noticed the beauty of the campus landscape and the amazing architecture of the buildings. After meeting with the IS undergraduate advisor and learning about how interdisciplinary the IS program was, I knew that Cornell would be the right choice for me.

What did you want to know about Cornell before you came here?

Cornell has a reputation of having rigorous and challenging programs. As a non-traditional student transferring from a community college, I was concerned that I would have a lot of catching up to do. Fortunately, Cornell has amazing resources available for those who need to work a little harder in order to keep up with classes.

Why are you majoring in InfoSci? What is your concentration?

I major in Information Science because I love working with computers and I am always interested in how we can change the way that we use them in order to be more informed citizens, scientists, students, academics, consumers, artists, and friends. I chose Information Systems for my primary track and Human-Centered Systems for my secondary track.

What research projects are you working on?

I am working on research that involves the dynamic analysis of co-authorship networks in scientific publications with Professor Carl Lagoze, post-doc,Theresa Velden, and PhD student, Ishtiaque Ahmed.

What other activities are you involved in around campus or around Ithaca?

Academically, I am also the secretary for the Information Science Student Association (ISSA) and a consultant for CS 1110 and CS 1130. I also enjoy rock climbing at Noyes and Lindseth (as well as outdoors), bicycling the Ithaca hills, and enjoying the many festivities around downtown Ithaca.

What do you like about living in Ithaca?

Ithaca is a great place to find peaceful places to enjoy good coffee and study. There are many short walks from campus that can clear your mind.

How do you make it work financially?

Cornell is very accommodating for those who come from lower income families. The Financial Aid department assured me that there is always a way for Cornell students to make ends meet if they are willing to work hard. When I first arrived, I worked in Off-Campus Housing as a peer adviser. Now, I work as a consultant for a couple of introductory programming classes and a researcher.

What are your plans after graduation?

After I graduate, I plan to apply to PhD programs that will allow me to use my skills in computing and Information Science to explore the way that the mind works.

What would you recommend about this program to potential students who are thinking about majoring in InfoSci?

If you are considering the Information Science major, start by taking an introductory programming course (CS 1110, CS1130, CS 2110, INFO 1300, INFO2300), INFO 2450 (Communications and Technology), or INFO 2040 (Networks). These courses will give you a sense of what the major requires and what you'll be studying as you progress through the major.