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Leah Brown talks about fourth year

A day in the life

Leah Brown talks about fourth year

I really like how the professors are very enthusiastic and open to questions.

‘More than just programming and writing software’


When she was in Grade 9, Leah Brown had a revelation: she loved math. But she couldn’t picture herself working on math equations all day, so she decided to study Computer Science (CS) in university.

“I wanted to do something that applied math, but something that was more hands on,” she says. “And I really liked computers, so I wanted to find out more about how they work.”

Leah chose to come to Dalhousie because of its reputation, proximity and that fact it had a CS program. She is quite pleased with her decision to study CS.

“I really, really like it,” she says. “It’s a cool subject to learn about. I’m learning more than I could have imagined. It’s a lot broader than I thought. It’s more than just programming and writing software.”

Planting seeds


Her studies have also given her the opportunity to do research. She’s received a research award twice from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s (NSERC) Undergraduate Student Research Awards Program. Currently, her research is focusing on artificial intelligence and machine learning.

She feels this serves as a great base for her education and will help with her future plan of getting a master's degree.

Leah enjoys being a student at Dalhousie. “I really like how the professors are very enthusiastic and open to questions,” she says. “The classes themselves are really interesting and challenging.”