Meet Mirae Sunny Kim. Kim is a third year Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Computer Science at Rice University. Kim is from South Korea and is a Rice Graduate Ambassador. Ambassadors are students who represent the university and help prospective students gain knowledge of student life as a graduate student at Rice.
Kim chose Rice as a graduate school because of her passion for research and her experience during the Computer Science’s recruitment weekend. Her research focuses on using computational algorithms to interpret biological information and how it changes. Specifically, she is interested in how different tissues and lifestyles affect disease onset and progression.
When she is not conducting research, she is serving in various leadership roles within the Rice community. She is a part of the Korean Graduate Student Association (KGSA) on campus.
Kim advises current students to prioritize their mental health and work life balance.
“Research isn’t everything,” said Kim. “You want to be sure you are prioritizing your well-being at the same pace you are prioritizing your work.”
Kim advises prospective students that the location of the school can affect their graduate school experience.
“The city and environment you’re in are just as important as the research and people you’re interacting with,” said Kim. “You want to be able to have places to go and fun activities to do.”