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Lindsey Kuper

Programming Language Rock Star

Program: Professional Master’s Degree, Computer Science

Hometown: Bremerton, Washington

Career Goal: Start my own software design firm

Choosing the IU School of Informatics and Computing was an easy computation for Lindsey. She says, “At the time, I wasn’t certain about the particular area of computer science I was interested in. I simply looked for those schools that gave me a warm, fuzzy feeling that I couldn’t really articulate,” she says, “IU was one of those.”

She’s found a place in the community here, and is studying programming language (PL) theory in the computer science program. “It amazes me how much I’ve learned during my first two years here,” she says. “I didn't have any research experience when I arrived, nor did I have a particularly strong background in programming languages. I’m glad IU had confidence that I would be capable of doing research anyway. If you want to work on PL and you need the necessary background, a year or two at IU will whip you into shape. I feel very well prepared to do research now.”

Her hard work is paying off. “Even before I came to IU, I had been tempted to apply for internships related to PL. In my first round of applications, I received form letters of thanks and not much else. With a year of grad school under my belt, I applied for the same three internships, was interviewed by all three, and received two offers. I attribute this to what I’ve learned at IU, especially in the courses I’ve taken from Dan Friedman, Kent Dybvig, and Amal Ahmed. It strengthened my applications immensely.”