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Kumusta! I'm a Computer Science PhD candidate and NSF Graduate Fellow at the University of Chicago's CANON Lab working with Professor Diana Franklin. I earned my M.S. from UChicago in 2020 and my B.S. from the University of Virginia in 2017, both in Computer Science. My research interests include computer science education and human-computer interaction. My doctoral research focuses on identifying disparities young children face in CS education and developing strategies to overcome such challenges. I have been named an EECS Rising Star and my work has won Best Paper at the International Computing Education Research Conference (ICER) and an honorable mention for Best Paper at the conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (SIGCHI). In addition to ICER and SIGCHI, I have also published my research at the conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (ITiCSE) and the Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE).

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Select Publications:
Diana Franklin, Jean Salac, Zachary Crenshaw, Saranya Turimella, Zipporah Klain, Marco Anaya, and Cathy Thomas. "Exploring Student Behaviors Using the TIPP&SEE Learning Strategy." Research Paper in the International Computing Education Research (ICER) Conference, 2020. Best Paper Award

Jean Salac and Diana Franklin. If They Build It, Will They Understand It?: Exploring the Relationship between Student Code and Performance." Research Paper in the 25th Annual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (ITiCSE), 2020.

Jean Salac, Cathy Thomas, Bryan Twarek, William Marsland, and Diana Franklin. "Comprehending Code: Understanding the Relationship between Reading and Math Proficiency, and 4th-Grade CS Learning Outcomes." Research Paper in the Proceedings of the 51st ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE), 2020.

Jean Salac, Cathy Thomas, Chloe Butler, Ashley Sanchez, and Diana Franklin. "TIPP&SEE: A Learning Strategy to Guide Students through Use-->Modify Scratch Activities." Research Paper in the Proceedings of the 51st ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE), 2020.
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