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Kathy Guo, a computer science major, works in a research lab with her mentor, Yune Lee, assistant professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science. Photo by Logan WallaceJoining Ohio State’s SLAM Lab her sophomore year was a pivotal moment for Kathy Guo’s career at Ohio State. She was introduced to an inspirational mentor in Yune Lee and was able to immediately begin putting her computer science skills to work. 

In the room with her is a speech language pathology graduate student, a neurology PhD student and her mentor, Yune Lee, assistant professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science. This is the Speech, Language and Music Lab. Or, as they call it, SLAM Lab.

 The entire team is focused on improving an app, called TheraBeat, that Guo has spent her three years in SLAM Lab developing as a tool to help speech and cognition recovery in stroke victims. Far from theoretical, the team has already witnessed TheraBeat’s benefits through an early clinical trial with one stroke victim.

Guo chose Ohio State because of all the opportunities available, all the projects, organizations, internships she could to dive into as a computer science major. 

And as her college career played out, Guo took advantage of plenty. Two reasons she was able to become so involved outside the classroom were the Provost Scholarship and Morell CSE Scholarship.

“What I really like about computer science is there are so many interesting areas to explore. It’s not just about coding. It can improve so many people’s lives.” Kathy Guo ’19 Computer science major. Click here for the full Time and Change story.