STARS (Students in Technology, Academia, Research, and Service) students were presented with Presidential Volunteer Service Awards by Citizen Schools at their annual awards event held at Packard Place on September 3. Citizen Schools partners with public middle schools in low-income communities to provide an expanded learning day. STARS students develop and deliver 10-week apprenticeships in video game design and mobile app development for the Citizen School site at Martin Luther King, Jr.
Assistant Professor Shaoting Zhang, Ph.D., with the Department of Computer Science, has received a 2014 Ralph E. Power Junior Faculty Enhancement Award. The award presented by Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU), provides seed money for research by junior faculty at ORAU member institutions. These awards are intended to enrich the research and professional growth of young faculty and result in new funding opportunities.
Three students from UNC Charlotte’s College of Computing and Informatics (CCI) recently claimed top honors in the Region 3 Student Software competition, which is held annually in conjunction with SouteastCon. Scott Clark, Austin Beeler, and Richard Chen made up the winning team.
“I was in pure disbelieve when they announced our names,” says Clark, “particularly when they just announced that Duke and Florida State had just finish second and third respectively. It was an amazing experience and Austin and I will be returning next year.”
Congratulations to CCI Ph.D Alumni Dr. Fan Li and Dr. Siyuan Chen, and their advisor Dr. Yu Wang for receiving the Best Paper Award (Theory Track) at the 10th IEEE International Conference on Mobile Ad-hoc and Sensor Systems (MASS 2013), in Hangzhou, China in October of 2013.
CHARLOTTE, NC - October 31, 2013 – A College of Computing and Informatics’ Computer Science undergrad student, Carla Bendezu, has been recognized for her leadership and commitment to minority students in area schools. Awarded the Outstanding Corps Student of the Students in Technology, Academia, Research, and Service (STARS) Computing Corps, Bendezu was championed for her efforts to introduce and motivate the students to consider careers in computing and informatics.
CHARLOTTE, NC – October 28, 2013- Scott Heggen, a Ph.D. student in the College of Computing and Informatics, received a National Presidential Service Award presented by Citizen Schools. Heggen is a Graduate Assistant in the Students in Technology, Academia, Research, and Service (STARS) Computing Corps project and developed a 10-week apprenticeship on mobile app development (MAD Science), designed to engage middle school students with science and technology through the sensors in mobile phones.