Sheff was selected from a field of 800 national applicants. Her presentation was one of 60 selected and the only one from Arkansas.
The annual event invites students from all disciplines, spanning from the arts to the sciences, to demonstrate the importance of undergraduate research to U.S. congressional members and others who support and fund these programs.
Sheff’s research project, mentored by Professor Paul Young, focuses on healthcare system interoperability. Due to the large number of incompatible computing systems within the healthcare industry, software system interoperability poses a major problem. Sheff’s work was centered on validating a component of Dr. Young’s Object-Oriented Method for Interoperability, which, when fully implemented, will enable independently developed systems to share information and cooperatively work together.
Dr. Young accompanied Sheff on her first visit to Washington D.C, where they met with Arkansas Congressman Tim Griffin.