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As a freshman computer science major, Paul Bayruns worked alongside a math professor to conduct research on error correcting codes, with applications in DNA barcoding. Thanks to that relationship, when applications opened the following year for a prestigious national summer research opportunity, the professor gently prodded Bayruns to apply.

For 10 weeks, Bayruns worked on a project on Accessible Multimodal Interfaces. The project sought to make streamed online media (TV and online lectures) more accessible to people who are hearing- or visually-impaired.

The Haddon Township, Camden County, native was grateful for the opportunity and says, “The whole idea of doing something that is immediately useful to people, especially to help people, is interesting to me.”

In his two years at Rowan, Bayruns has immersed himself in campus activities. “Being a commuter does not limit me at all,” he says. “I am glad I chose Rowan.” He is an executive board member for the Association for Computing Machinery and a part of the club’s artificial intelligence team. Bayruns also participates in the Rowan Arts Collective and the Philippine-American Coalition.