Lauren Bruckstein

  • Undergraduate Teaching Assistant
  • Pronouns: she, her, hers

Courses supported: CS-1501

Major: Computer Science

Academic Level: Senior

Achievements and Accolades: Deans List Spring 2021

Activities and Clubs: Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Fall 2021 and Spring 2022

Internship, Research and Experiential Learning: Participated in Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation Undergraduate Summer Research Program 2021 with "Artificial Intelligence Algorithms for Energy Resource Management".

Post graduation plans: Get a job at an innovative technology company!

Why did you become a UTA? The help I received from UTAs in my lower level Computer Science courses were extremely beneficial for me. I am excited to help other undergraduate students in this way.

What is the best advice you would give to a student who may need additional support? Don't be scared to reach out and get assistance in your course work! UTAs and tutors are enthusiastic about helping other students.

What is the best study tip you have for a student taking the course you UTA for? I recommend studying the material throughout the semester as opposed to waiting for exams. It is easy to fall behind, so make sure that you keep up with lecture materials each week. This will make your semester less stressful and aid you in better understanding the material! Additionally, I find that drawing pictures of the data structures used in each problem is very beneficial to understanding the topic.

Why should students come to your UTA office hours? I took CS1501 last spring and was a UTA for the course this past fall. I understand that many topics in this course are challenging. It is perfectly normal to need extra help or clarification on any topic. I'm happy to work through problems with students or answer any questions!

What is your favorite thing about the subject you UTA for? My favorite part of CS1501 is the problem solving aspect. Some of the homework problems throughout the semester are puzzle like. Once you have an understanding of the topic, the problems are really fun to work through. I also enjoyed the programming projects in this course. They were fun to solve and taught me programming skills that aided me in the rest of my courses.