Before that, I spent an awesome three months writing code as part of the fall 2012 batch of Hacker School. It was amazing. I love how code is, for me, the perfect combination of logic and creativity.
In May 2012, I received an Sc.B in Cognitive Science at Brown, during which I completed my honors thesis in Professor Laura Kertz's Sentence and Discourse Processing Lab, investigating the nature of lexical access and lexical ambiguity resolution in dual-context sentences. In other words, I did my thesis on puns.
I like thinking about the structure of the mental lexicon, the mental dictionary, and I'd like to learn more about distributed processing models of cognition, computational modeling, human computer interaction, user experience and usability, data mining, natural language processing, and data visualization. I also enjoy playing Ultimate Frisbee, cooking, making mashups, DJing, and drinking coffee.
Hi there! You can email me at jenna.zeigen [AT] gmail.com.
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Brown University - Sc.B. in Cognitive Science, with honors (3.89 GPA) Providence, RI • 2008 - 2012
Council Rock High School - South - Valedictorian (4.0 GPA)Holland, PA • Graduated 2007
Hacker School - ParticipantBrooklyn, NY • October 2012 - December 2012
Sentence and Discourse Processing Lab - Research AssistantProvidence, RI • June 2011 - August 2012
Parse.ly - Front-End and Visualization Designer (Class Project)Providence, RI • February - May 2012
Dept. of Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences - Course Developer and TAProvidence, RI • June 2011 - May 2012
Habonim Dror North America - Regional Chapter Founder, CoordinatorBoston, MA • June 2007 - May 2012
Brown/RISD Hillel Foundation - Various Board PositionsProvidence, RI • Nov. 2008 - May 2012
New Frontiers Undergraduate Teaching and Research AwardProvidence, RI • June - August 2011
Astounding New Initiatives Award from Brown/RISD Hillel FoundationProvidence, RI • April 2009
All of my code can be found on my Github. Here are some highlights.
Web app that takes in an image and gives you back an image in which the colors are replaced with words that are semantically related with that color.
For instance a patch of red might be replaced with the words "strawberry," "cherry," "balloon," etc.
The project has modules that generate its own semantically related words, simplify the image into specified colors, and then make the image into the word picture, the first two of which are autonomous.App Code Blog Post
Tool for splitting expenses, bills, or costs with people.Code
In April 2012, I completed my honors thesis on how we process puns in Laura Kertz's Sentence and Discourse Processing Lab in Brown's Department of Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences. I'm currently working to expand this research though more studies, and hopefully publish my findings. I have also done work investigating what motivates the existence of a linguistic phenomenon called 'extraction islands.'
In Summer 2011, I was honored to present at Brown's Summer Research Symposium, at which I presented this poster.
While you're here, take a look at what I drew Hacker School to answer a question on their application that was something like "Explain something you know well as deeply as you can." I wrote about how we understand the intended meaning(s) of words with multiple meanings, a key thing in understanding puns
I make mashups. Here's my latest one: "Eternal Bromance"
Listen to more of my music on SoundCloud.
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