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Aliyah Clayton

I am a third year computer science undergraduate at Cypress College. At this institution, I engage in the Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) program with the intention of acquiring networking skills and exploring available educational opportunities.

My incentive for delving into a major where women only make up 18% of the U.S. Computer Science graduating classes (acm.org), is to assure other underrepresented groups (including women) that there is a place for them in the STEM community.


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Email: aliyahclayton.f@gmail.com



  • Sep. 6th - Turning 20 years old! ;D
  • Aug. 29th - Got the STEM Club leadership position: STEM Science Ambassador! Excited!
  • Aug. 28th - Start of Fall 2017 semester. Two more semesters and I'm transferring! #stayingstrong
  • Aug. 23rd - Got the position of STEM Family Group Leader for the STEM Program! The position allows me to showcase my leadership skills by conducting activities/events among an intimate group of STEM scholars all while assisting them with personal and school-related concerns!
  • Aug. 19th - The end of the STARS program at UC San Diego. Such an enriching and educational experience!
  • Aug. 18th - Presented my research work and experience at the STARS Conference! (video posted soon)
  • Aug. 16th - Created my first professional twitter account!
  • Aug. 16th - Presented a talk at UC San Diego's Design Lab on 'Creating Tutorial Videos to Improve Public Enagement with Scientific Websites'.
  • Aug. 14th-15th - Practiced my presentation for the STARS Conference.
  • Aug. 11th - Completed the Gut instinct Features Video and Gut Instinct Introduction Video.
  • July 17th - Submitted my abstract to the STARS program for my summer research project.
  • July 16th - Beach day at Mission Beach!
  • July 15th - Had a cool first experience at San Diego PRIDE!!
  • July 12th - Registered for Fall 2017 courses!
  • July 11th - Applied to be a family group leader for Cypress College's STEM program!
  • July 6th - Attended a STARS workshop conference.
  • July 1st - First time at the San Diego Zoo!
  • June 29th - Attended a Gut Instinct update meeting with The Knight Lab and Design Lab.
  • June 27th - Attended my first GRE course.
  • June 25th - First day of UC San Diego's STARS Program!
  • May 4th - Awarded the Cypress College Foundation Scholarship!
  • Apr. 28th - Attended UCLA’s Annual STOMP Conference.
  • Mar. 30th - Received acceptance to UC San Diego’s Summer Training Academy for Research Success (STARS) program!
  • Mar. 19th - Made the Cypress College Newsletter for feeding the homeless at La Palma Park via Coast-to-Coast Foundation.
  • Feb. 9th - Achieved Dean’s Honor Roll Fall 2016 Semester (Top 6% of the student body).


  • Sept. 18th - STEM Club Feeding the Homeless Event via Coast-to-Coast Foundation.
  • Sept. 9th - Hired at Gamestop.
  • Aug. 28th - Got accepted to the STEM program at Cypress College!
  • July 21st - Achieved Dean’s Honor Roll Spring 2016 Semester. Makes up top 6% of the student body.
  • July 12th - Participated in Dr. Porter’s research on African Americans in STEM majors.
  • Apr. 22nd - Achieved President’s Honor Roll 2015 Fall Semester. Makes up top 4% of the student body.


  • Dec. 10th - Completed my final English research paper on women in STEM careers with a specific focus on technological departments.
  • Oct. 4th - Completed my first PC build (Photos under Projects section).


  • May 23rd - Beach Clean-Up event at Newport’s Crystal Cove.
  • Mar. 8th - Participated in the Angel Stadium’s Heart Walk sponsored by American Heart Association.


Built Custom PC (October 2015): After saving a bit of money from birthdays, holidays and high school graduation, I assembled my first desktop PC during the summer of 2015. At this time I had two incentives. The first was to produce a machine with the ability to support games and programs who heavily demanded certain necessary specifications. The second was to produce something related to my major for me to call my own. With minimal help from an IT Technician family friend, it was successfully built in a span of one week. The total cost accumulated to 1300 USD solely for the PC components including the case.

Specs w/ Photos

Beneficial Reads


  • Data Abstraction & Problem Solving with C++ 6th Ed. by Walls and Mirrors, Frank Carrano & Timothy Henry.
  • Introduction to Python.
  • Problem Solving with C++ 8th Ed. by Walter Savitch.
  • The Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman
  • How to See Yourself As You Really Are by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
  • Off to Be the Wizard by Scott Meyer
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  • Roger Scruton essays
  • The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Hayley
  • Twelve Theories of Human Nature 6th Ed by Leslie Stevenson, David L. Haberman and Peter Matthews Wright


UCSD STARS Program (June - August 2017): During the summer of 2017, I was selected by UC San Diego to engage in their Summer Training Academy for Research Success (STARS) program. I collaborated with PhD student Vineet Pandey as well as the inspiring Cognitive Science and Computer Science & Engineering University of California San Diego professor Scott Klemmer. For the duration of eight weeks, I became an asset to the ‘Gut Instinct: Creating Scientific Theories with Online Learners’ development team led by Vineet Pandey in UCSD’s Design Lab.