Jamael Smith


Evington, VA

Academic Interests

Computer Science, Government, History

Fun Fact

I am near-sighted in one eye and far-sighted in another

Much of the future of this world and indeed country will rely on computers and technology at large. During a computer science summer camp before my senior year of high school, I was able to view almost first-hand the possibilities that computer science brings, as well as the larger implications that software and data have for society. I feel that pursuing a computer science major will enable me to make meaningful contributions to society within technology while at the same time working in a meaningful, rewarding career field.

At Duke, I am currently conducting research with the Elections in a Pandemic Bass Connections team. The branch of which I am a member is examining how to mobilize fellow college students to vote in this year’s election in ways that allow them to let their voices be heard while adhering to public health guidelines. I am also a member of the Duke University chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers, which is meant to support Black students and create a wide network of Black engineers and scientists. Other organizations I am a part of include Duke Rotaract and the Duke Chronicle newspaper. In my free time, I enjoy reading, traveling, and relaxing.

What do you like about being a SPIRE Fellow?

I like how SPIRE really tries to provide support for STEM-interested students such as myself, letting them know that they do have a wide support system and that they are not alone in their academic journey at Duke.

Jamael Smith
Jamael Smith