A grant award was made on August 15th, 2016 to Morehouse College and Spelman College entitled Targeted Infusion Project: Data Science eXtension (DSX): Incorporating data science fundamentals in computing curriculum at Spelman and Morehouse Colleges. The total amount of the grant is of $399,903 over three years. The idea behind the grant is to infuse data science concepts throughout multiple classes at Morehouse and Spelman Colleges, create two new data science courses that students at both institutions can take and submit a proposal to develop a minor in Data Science at both Morehouse and Spelman Colleges. Drs. Brandeis Marshall (Spelman College) and Kinnis Gosha (Morehouse College) are the Principal Investigators on the grant. Data science is an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary field focused on processes and systems that extract knowledge and relevant information from either structured or unstructured data (Baker et al, 2011; Chang et al, 2008; Naur 1974). According to the McKinsey Report (Manyika et al, 2011), there will be almost 200,000 positions requiring “deep analytical skills”. The report further outlines the additional job responsibilities of nearly 1.5 million managers and analysts who will need to analyze and interpret data findings in order to make decisions. Given that HBCUs account for only 3% of the higher education institutions, HBCUs are producing nearly 26% of all Black STEM bachelor’s recipients each year with smaller institution endowments and restricted institutional resources (Upton and Tanenbaum 2014). The continued STEM bachelor’s recipient production hinges on sufficient faculty and student exposure and training in emerging fields such as data science. Says Gosha, “This award sets the groundwork to make both Morehouse and Spelman College the national leaders in producing African-Americans data scientist, which will adds to the overall push by both colleges to prepare students for outstanding career and graduate school opportunities after graduation.” More information about the award can be found on the National Science Foundation’s website.
Congratulations to CRCL Senior CS major Simone Smarr will be pursuing a PhD in the Human centered Computing program at University of Florida and will be attending in the fall. Simone has also been awarded the McKnight Doctoral Fellowship.
Congratulations to CRCL Sophomore CS major Takeria Blunt on her acceptance into Boeing this summer as a systems design and integration specialist.
Congratulations to CRCL Senior CS major on his graduate pursuits this fall. Daniel will be attending UCLA where he will go on to earn his PhD in Bioinformatics.
Congratulations to Daniel Johnson on his acceptance into the UCLA Bruins in Genomics summer program! The Bruins-In-Genomics (B.I.G.) Summer is an intensive, practical experience in genomics and bioinformatics for students who are interested in integrating quantitative and biological knowledge, and pursuing graduate degrees in the biological, biomedical or health sciences.
Congratulations to CRCL junior CS major Rashaud Savage on his acceptance this summer into the UNCC socially relevant REU program. Rashaud will be working with the researching lab on wireless network and sensors.
Dr. Kinnis Gosha and Dr. Brandies Marshall have been awarded a collaborative grant of $299,257 from the National Science Foundation (Award #1547793). The overall purpose of this grant is to plan and design a dual institution CREST research center in Socially Relevant Computing at Morehouse and Spelman Colleges. The center will provide interdisciplinary education, undergraduate research, and workforce development for African American computer science students. In addition, the center will create an ecosystem of partners to conduct research that leads to technologies that help solve critical societal problems of national priority.
We would like to congratulate junior Psychology major Donte Verrill on his acceptance into the University of Washingtion – Seattle CSNE Summer REU Program. The CSNE at the University of Washington sponsors a 10-week Research Experience for Undergraduates on the Seattle campus during the summer. Here he will have the opportunity to work with Dr. Andrea Stocco in the study of how humans utilize abstract mental representations (i.e. rules, instructions, and blueprints) to perform complex tasks. While there at the CSNE research lab Donte will be using mathematical models, neuroimaging techniques, and brain stimulation methods to determine and predict how mental representations are encoded into the brain. Additionally, to see how these representations are transformed into behavior, and how this information can be used to improve learning and skill acquisition.
Congratulations to CRCL Sophomore CS major Cameron Partee on her acceptance into the Engineering Practicum Intern program with Google. While in the Venice office she will be working with the Search Ads team during the 12-week intern program.
Congratulations to CRCL junior CS major Andrew Garrett. He has accepted an internship with Moody’s Analytics where he will be working in Manhattan New York for this summer.