Ronald Stevens, Student Coordinator
MS in Human Computer-Interaction
BackgroundI 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.
Ph.D. Student, Human Centered Computing
BackgroundI 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 descriptionMy 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.
Computational Media major with a minor in Spanish
BackgroundI 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 descriptionThis 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.
Computer Science major
BackgroundI 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 descriptionMy 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.
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