Honors Fellowships

Bina Kakusa

Kakusa, BinaName: Bina Kakusa
Title of Project:
 A High Accuracy BCI to Classify Intended Motion in Single-Trial EEG
Advisor: Matthew Hillimire
Honors Department: Neuroscience

My project explores using 4 features, extracted from electrical activity generated in the brain, to interpret motor intention. This research can allow individuals lacking proper neural-muscular control, either through damage of intermediate motor neurons or loss of limbs, regain functionality.

The funding and support from the fellowship allow me to remain on campus over the summer. On campus, I have access to EEG equipment, and programming software as well as contact (in-person) with my advisors. It will also allow me to recruit participants to my experiment.

Hometown: Fairfax, VA
Majors: Neuroscience and Computer Science
Future Plans: I plan to pursuit a MD/MS in medical school and to practice medicine while also continuing to conduct research. I am interested in emergency medicine and possibly a surgical specialty.
Hobbies: I work as a scribe for Mary Immaculate Hospital. I coach youth soccer for Virginia Legacy. I volunteer as an EMT for the Williamsburg Volunteer Fire Department. I enjoy cooking and blending different cuisines. On occasion, I work on some robotics projects.
Fun Fact: I was born in Blantyre, Malawi and I fluent in Chichewa. I spent my first 11 years moving between Malawi, South Africa, Angola, and England before moving to the US. I am a British Citizen.

 

Follow Bina’s research on the W&M Honors Fellowships blog!