The Cox Scholars Program has given me the confidence to pursue any and every opportunity. I am inspired every day to uphold Jesse’s legacy and work harder than I did yesterday.

Tell us about your work placement experience.

I currently work as a research assistant to Dr. Scott Shackelford, who is the Director of the Ostrom Workshop and specializes in cybersecurity and privacy law. My work typically includes writing research papers and case studies, reading relevant publications and articles, and identifying trends or gaps in the law. I recently wrapped up a project on efforts to govern artificial intelligence, specifically autonomous vehicles, and just started on one about European Union efforts to govern the Internet of Things.

What is something you have learned through your work?

As a Cox Research Scholar, I’ve learned a lot about project management and communication. I am consistently given high level projects with a lot of autonomy, so it is my responsibility to ask for clarification if I am confused and to actively communicate my progress and findings. I’ve learned to break down large-scale, ambiguous tasks by asking questions as they come, and not being afraid to speak up when you need more guidance.

How will being a part of the Cox Scholars Program help you in the future?

The Cox Scholars Program has really challenged me to prioritize, a useful skill to have in the business world. Balancing classes, extracurriculars, and a research position has challenged me to be productive and really focus on what I’m passionate about. Understanding what you love is hard to do, but I now have a clearer vision of what I want in the future.

What is your favorite memory as a Cox Scholar?

My favorite memory is volunteering at Coxhall Gardens. As a Carmel resident, I had no idea that the park I drove by almost daily once belonged to someone who would change my life. Touring the house made me feel like I knew Jesse on a personal level, especially once I saw his Alpha Kappa Psi initiation card hanging on the wall, and it meant so much to be able to give back to someone who gave so much to me.

What do you do outside of the Cox Scholars Program?

Outside of the Cox Scholars Program, I am Vice President of External Relations for Alpha Kappa Psi, a professional co-ed business fraternity. I am also a member of the Undergraduate Consulting Workshop, a team manager in 180 Degrees Consulting, and a council member of the Undergraduate Business Diversity Council.