About

I’m Selena Qian, a senior at Duke University studying visual and media studies and computer science. I enjoy cooking and baking and have recently discovered a love for growing edible plants (typically started from the ends of eaten things like carrot tops!).

This past summer, I worked remotely as a Junior Fellow at the Library of Congress on the Digital Strategy team. I created a project that seeks to make the recently digitized and now publicly available Sanborn Maps more accessible and intuitive for the casual user to navigate. To create this project, I learned about the Library of Congress API and how to access it in Jupyter notebooks (Python). I also learned how to use the D3 library for JavaScript and the JSON file format (and TopoJSON and GeoJSON) to dynamically create objects on a website.

In summer 2019, I interned at Pew Research Center as part of their design team. I worked on a variety of projects, from the lead graphic and featured images of a major report on Americans’ trust in science, to an illustration for the Center’s Medium blog, Decoded.

This site is a portfolio of my art and design work, much of it through DIDA (Duke Innovative Design Agency), the Duke school paper, The Chronicle, and now through my internships at the LOC and Pew. It also contains other projects, including a game I created from scratch and my spring 2019 research project. I’m interested in working on projects that explore visual applications of technology and use tech to create an impactful product.

I’ve also included journalistic samples: my writing for The Chronicle, my experience advocating for New Voices Indiana state legislation, and my writing/design for the Carmel High School paper and magazine, HiLite and Acumen.

Outside of art, writing, and coding, I play ultimate for Swerve, the women’s club team at Duke, volunteer through APO, and president emeritus of Duke Science Olympiad. I also was part of a Bass Connections research team exploring the impact of problem-based learning on girls’ math identity.

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