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Computer science students garner recognition

Four Lamar University computer science students won prizes in a student research competition hosted by the Association for Computer Educators in Texas at its 50th Annual Conference in San Antonio, Oct. 17-18.

The conference brings Texas computer educators together for professional collaboration, sharing of research and expertise, and a chance to participate in the future of computer education.

There, college and high school educators of computation present and discuss ideas relevant to introducing and preparing students for careers in computation.

Juniors Timothy Holcombe of Lumberton and Alexander Strong of Beaumont earned first place honors for their presentation on “Programming is a SNAP! Increasing Knowledge and Interest in Computer Science” describing research that Holcombe, Strong, and sophomore Hannah Leleux of Bridge City, are performing as participants in Lamar University’s Students Advancing through Involvement Student Talent Expansion Project (STAIRSTEP) program under the direction of STAIRSTEP faculty mentor Peggy Doerschuk.  

“As computer science plays a larger role in our daily lives, it is vital that we effectively spread CS knowledge to the next generation,” Strong said. “With the excellent guidance of Dr. Doerschuk, I think our research can make a positive impact.”

Doerschuk commented, “I am very proud of this team of students. They are encouraging others to engage in computing not only through this research project but also by being great role models for other students.”

Senior Cheri Lewis of Sour Lake won the third place with her poster on “A SAT-based model checking technique for safety assertions applicable to modern automotive industry” covering research she performed as a McNair and National Science Foundation ASCENT scholar under the direction of faculty mentor Stefan Andrei.

“I have enjoyed doing the research and working with Dr. Andrei,” Lewis said. “I have learned a lot from him and the Department of Computer Science.”

“I am very happy and grateful to students who want to do research,” Andrei said. Ms. Lewis is a hard working student and very active in doing research. As always, the Department of Computer Science is very supportive of all students representing Lamar University in various competitions.”