Erikson Receives Honorable Mention for CRA Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award

Undergraduate student Drew Erickson
December 27, 2019

Drew Erikson (B.S. ’21) was recognized with the prestigious Honorable Mention Award for his research by the Computing Research Association (CRA). This award recognizes undergraduate students in North American colleges and universities who show outstanding research potential in an area of computing research.

McKnight Land-Grant Professor Lana Yarosh nominated Erikson for this award, to recognize his work to develop mixed-method models for social support and health journeys in online health communities. Yarosh shared that “without a doubt, Drew is one of the most impressive and effective undergraduates who I had had the pleasure to advise!”

He is currently in his third-year at the University of Minnesota, studying Computer Science & Engineering and Mathematics. He also works as an Undergraduate Research Affiliate with GroupLens. Drew was the undergraduate lead on a substantial collaboration between the University of Minnesota and CaringBridge. This project was submitted and accepted as a full-length paper manuscript to the ICWSM 2020 conference.

“I’ve loved every second of my work with the GroupLens team,” said Erikson. “The projects I’ve had the privilege to work on are focused on making a tangible, human difference, and I’m just as proud of the professional and technical skills I’ve developed as I am the people I’ve met along the way.”

Drew will receive formal recognition in the mail to commemorate his achievement, and the January 2020 issue of Computing Research News will include an article on the awards. CRA is supported by Microsoft Research and Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs (MERL) who sponsor the Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award program in alternate years. MERL is the sponsor of this year's awards.

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