Loyola University Chicago

Gannon Center for Women and Leadership


Theresa Fister

Theresa Fister
Software Engineering
St. Louis, MO

How have you benefited from the Gannon Scholars program?

The Gannon Scholars program has been such an influential part of my college experience as a first-year student. I have learned so much about social justice, activism, and advocacy from other scholars. I have witnessed how scholars bring their own unique experiences and interests into their research endeavors, which has encouraged me in my pursuit of conducting interdisciplinary research. Not only has the program been an incredible learning experience, but it also has provided an amazing community. Through our retreat and events, monthly meetings, and outside activities, I have made so many connections and truly found a supportive and inspiring group that encourages me to pursue opportunities, share my passions, and become a better person.

What are you interested in researching? Why?

As a software engineering major, I am fascinated with both the creation of programs and technology as well as the ethical and social implications behind this development. In my research, I am interested in investigating the manifestation of biases in artificial intelligence, such as discrimination in facial recognition software and hiring algorithms. I hope to provide insight into the effects of these new technological advances operating on internal biases and systems of inequality.