Lauren Jhin collaborates with anthropology professor Susan Blum and her team to design School Stories, a citizen narrative project. Inspired by StoryCorps NPR and Humans of New York, the project invites ordinary people—citizens—to share their unfiltered school experiences. Jhin conceives the brand design for the website, Instagram, and Twitter that offer weekly prompts. Jhin pinpoints questions that draw rich stories by interviewing students on intrinsic motivation, debt, résumé building, and other dimensions of higher education. She collaborates with the team to write prompts and curate incoming stories for impact.
Jhin’s capstone follows her passion for education and design. Advised by architecture professor Kim Rollings, Jhin collaborates with a South Bend school to provide guidelines on designing classrooms that enhance attention for children with autism. Jhin informs her guidelines with neuroscience research on attention, learning, and memory.
In the summer of 2018, Jhin received the Grogan Fellowship through the Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE) to create a public health campaign at a law office in Chicago. As the team lead, she designed and produced a New York Times-sized broadsheet on the fatal effects of asbestos exposure on BP refinery employees. In the summer of 2017, Jhin taught English at the Universidad Nacional del Altiplano in Peru for an International Summer Service Learning Program (ISSLP).
Thesis Title: Designing Classrooms to Enhance Attention and Memory
Thesis Adviser: Kim Rollings
Psychology of architecture, neuroscience, intrinsic motivation.
South Korean and US education systems, learning and memory, consumer behavior.