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Profiles

 
The STARS Alliance
Georgia Institute of Technology

Profiles


Ronald Stevens, Student Coordinator

MS in Human Computer-Interaction

Background

I have a BS in Computer Information Science and have done work with software testing and developing database driven websites.

Why are you participating in STARS?

I am participating in STARS because I am passionate about bringing more people into the computing field. I am serving as student coordinator for the program.



Jill Dimond

Ph.D. Student, Human Centered Computing

Background

I recently left industry in Seattle as a user experience consultant to learn and research the intersection of my interests: feminism, technology, learning and design. I'm interested in alternative approaches to teaching and introducing computer science to girls and women. I am currently a research assistant with Mark Guzdial with the Georgia Computes! project (a NSF Broadening Participation in Computing project.) I am situated in the Contextualized Support for Learning lab in the Human Centered Computing program. I am originally from Michigan where I have a B.S.E. in Computer Science from the University of Michigan.

Why are you participating in STARS?

STARS goals and vision complements my research interests. I am also proud to be a member of a group that takes action and voices an issue that needs to be addressed.

Project description

My current research is evaluating if women are motivated to use technology to solve humanitarian problems and if this could be a factor in their achievement-related decisions to pursue computing. Also, we will try to elicit to what degree will they participate in the design of the technology solution. This study will help inform a curriculum intervention. Vanessa Larco will be assisting on this project.



Jennifer Whitlow

Computational Media major with a minor in Spanish

Background

I graduated from Starr's Mill High School in 2004 with a dual seal in College-Prep and Tech-Prep. I'm a fourth year at Georgia Tech, where I'm active in many student organizations as well as a co-op for Georgia Pacific in the consumer products web development team.

Why are you participating in STARS?

I'm participating in STARS because I want to raise the participation of women in computing. I feel that if we can demonstrate to high school and middle school students everything computing entails, the numbers of females will rise.

Project description

This semester I'm co-chairing the Undergraduate Women's Advisory Board. This student organization provides a social, professional and academic support group for undergraduate women in computing fields. St the time, we have organized a Ghostly Gala which is a social event held near Halloween that is being done in conjunction with other student organizations. This event will provide students an opportunity to interact with each other and their professors outside of the classroom environment. We have also been holding weekly meetings to provide academic support for our new freshmen females, answering questions they may have about classes, homework, and college life in general. Several members of the organization will be attending Grace Hopper to help promote computing at Georgia Tech.



Vanessa Larco

Computer Science major

Background

I am from Miami, Florida and I graduated from Coral Gables High in 2004. I am currently a fourth year Computer Science and Business Management major. I have participated in many programs through the College of Computing such as the study abroad in Barcelona, Spain and the Intel Scholars program (research opportunities for undergraduates). I am involved in several professional organizations as well as social ones on campus. I have thoroughly enjoyed my past four years at Tech. Go Jackets!

Why are you participating in STARS?

I really enjoy doing research within the Computer Science field and I enjoy participating in outreach programs.

Project description

My current research is evaluating if women are motivated to use technology to solve humanitarian problems and if this could be a factor in their achievement-related decisions to pursue computing. Also, we will try to elicit to what degree will they participate in the design of the technology solution. This study will help inform a curriculum intervention.



Corbin Pon

Lawrence Jarvis

Computer Science major

Background

Media and people

Why are you participating in STARS?

To recruit a broader more diverse base to the field of computing. Also to aid in retention within computing.

Project description

I am working with recruiting efforts to bring prospective students to the COC and doing undergraduate research as an Intel Opportunity Scholars. Im also a member Minorities at the College of Computing which works to retain minorities in Computer Science.



Kate Rosier

Computational Media major

Background

I'm a 4th year Computational Media major (undergrad), specializing in Usability: User Research and Narrative.

Why are you participating in STARS?

To meet new people and to try and get more underrepresented people in computing. It's also a lot of fun working with teen girls on things I find fun and interesting.

Project Description

I work with the Girl Scouts via Barb Ericson. We use a lot of computer science-oriented projects to teach the girls about programming: JES, Alice, Scratch,Lego Mindstorms, and (my favorite) PicoCrickets!



Flint Barrow

Computer Science major

Background

I began at GA Tech a year ago as a computer science major and am specializing in the embodiment and platforms threads. I have experience in several web technologies for creation of effective sites.

Why are you participating in STARS?

My goals overlap with STARS goals to increase underrepresented people in our College of Computing. I am glad to be able to help, specifically utilizing the internet.

Project Description

I work with Brenda Reyes on development of various websites related to diversity and minorities within the College of Computing. These include: STARS Alliance at GA Tech (this site), and soon it's parent and related sites as well.





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