Alexa Tartaglini is a Computer Science and Mathematics double major, recognized for her research into developing and improving computer-vision capabilities. "I came into NYU looking for research opportunities at the intersection of psychology and AI despite having limited experience with either," she says. "My time at the Human & Machine Learning Lab has not only allowed me to explore and discover my interests, but it has also allowed me to develop confidence as a researcher." Alexa praises NYU's research community at large as "incredibly dynamic and welcoming," adding that she "found the numerous colloquia, symposia, and lectures hosted nearly constantly on campus to be highly inspiring and worthwhile." She hopes to begin her Ph.D. in the next fall, continuing her work in neural networks, and urges incoming students to not be intimidated by research. "Everyone has to start somewhere, and potential mentors will understand this. … What’s more important is to be persistent — continuing to email professors for research opportunities, even if the first few don’t respond — and to be passionate about the work."