Dr. Sharif Receives NSF CAREER Award

Dr. SharifDr. Bonita Sharif, associate professor in the Department of Computer Science at Youngstown State University, has recently received a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation.

The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.

The award was the result of Dr. Sharif’s application last July with her proposal for her ongoing research with eye tracking studies in software engineering. The grant money will go toward eye tracking equipment and supplies as well as three paid student research positions over five years.

The new equipment is to be given a space in addition to Dr. Sharif’s current Software Engineering Research and Empirical Studies Lab in Meshel Hall.

“I am looking forward to working on this,” said Dr. Sharif. “I’ve been wanting this for a long time. It’s just amazing that I’ve finally got it and it’s super exciting to have students working with me on this that will now get financial assistance as well.”

Dr. Sharif and her students will soon be able to work closely with the new eye tracking equipment on campus in the future designated lab. Thanks to this award, students who have been volunteering to do this research will now be able to spend more time and energy on it because of the availability of the new paid positions.

Project Title: CAREER: Empowering Software Engineering with Eye Tracking

You can read the details of the award on the NSF website.

You can read about the award that Dr. Sharif received earlier this year from NCWIT here.