Student Profile: Jesse Mu

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Jesse Mu (A&S ’17) admits he’s not your typical Computer Science student. “I have one foot in Computer Science, and the other in Psychology.”

A native of Omaha, Nebraska, Jesse was originally a psych major until he was introduced to the world of computer science through CSCI1101 and CSCI1102 courses taught by Professors Ames and Muller, respectively. “I enjoyed the fun of programming, but I realized that I could pursue a blend of both fields.”

Jesse sees a natural intersection between artificial intelligence and cognitive science. He’s worked closely with Professor Joshua Hartshorne in the Psychology Department’s Language Learning Laboratory at Boston College. “Professor Hartshorne studies how children and adults learn language. I was drawn to his work because he uses computational methods in his research and also works in machine-based language processing.”

Outside of his academic interests, Jesse is a musician, playing the violin and piano and producing music on the side.

Jesse is currently a co-president of the Boston College Computer Science Society. He was recently named a recipient of a prestigious Barry Goldwater Scholarship. The Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program “was established by Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman.” The one-year scholarship conveys a $7,500 prize.