Working with Graduate Students

It is terrific working with graduate students. Currently, we are working with a really excellent group focused on a diverse set of projects including AAC intervention, Functional Communication Training, Universal Design for Learning, emotion regulation, and simulation experiences in education. It is quite rewarding to see them working so hard and we are all learning so much. A few weeks ago, I met with a really smart designer who shared with me about how he started “directing”. This statement really clicked for me and since then I’ve been feeling so privileged to be able to mentor and direct. I realize that in building up this umbrella that is the Universal Design Lab, I am charged with helping people learn to design well and be able to test their prototypes in a scientifically and socially useful way. I feel thankful for the opportunity to do this work. by Dr. Samuel Sennott