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STARS Computing Corps Winter eNews Issue 5, February 2013

posted Apr 11, 2013, 1:51 AM by Loyola Stars   [ updated Apr 11, 2013, 2:22 AM ]
The 2013 STARS Celebration will open its Call for Participation on *Thursday, February 28*. This
year's STARS Celebration conference will take place August 15-17, 2013 at the Crowne Plaza
Ravinia, Atlanta, GA. The STARS Celebration seeks to promote inspiration, creativity and innovation in its participants
as well as a sense of community. This year's theme "Empowering 21st Century Tech Leaders" aims
to develop and share the talents we have within. Join us for an exciting and informative blend
of cutting-edge sessions, shared experiences, and camaraderie with other computing students and
professionals. Deadline for submissions is *April 12, 2013* and information regarding program tracks and
instructions can be found at STARS Celebration 2013. ------------------------------ EA Highlight: Kristine Ward, Georgia Gwinnett College Kristine Ward, undergraduate student at Georgia Gwinnett, is in her second semester of serving as
an Evaluation Assistant. She is conducting a qualitative EA research project, investigating how
women are affected by voluntary participation in a structured professional development program
within a male dominated environment. Her research focus is on the women participating in Georgia
Gwinnett's STARS program, called TAP, specifically evaluating components of their TAP program.
Her study is both research and program evaluation, in that she is investigating the program's
effects on women participants, and looking at how the program can be enhanced for all
participants. She is interviewing students in small focus group conversations about their
experiences in TAP, and paying close attention to the female participant conversation. She
recently obtained Institutional Research Board approval for her study and has conducted one
focus group so far. Kristine stated in a recent conversation with Audrey Rorrer, STARS
Evaluator, that she is really enjoying the discussions with students, and has gleaned several
key themes regarding program improvements. Congratulations Kristine on a job well done!
------------------------------ Highlights from Around the Corps *Livingstone College:* *STARS students set sights on spring outreach projects*
The Livingstone College STARS Corps under the auspices of the CIS department met with the
Salisbury High School girls in their continued outreach of JAVA for non-computing students
project this past November. The students held hands-on activities for the high school girls in
JAVA coding and have targeted this as a continued project for the spring semester. In addition
the Corps will expand the JAVA Curriculum, embark on am HTML Web development project and start a
new project around the introduction of research and writing to fellow students. *IUPUI*: *STARS Computing Corps at IUPUI Create a College Visit to Remember for Local High School
Students* School of Informatics faculty, staff and students collaborated to provide an engaging, hands-on
learning experience for freshmen and sophomores from Indianapolis Providence Cristo Rey High
School on October 2. The event served as an introduction for the high school students to the
study of informatics and computing, as well as the schools undergraduate programs and scholarship
opportunities in Media Arts and Science, Informatics and Health Information Administration. Students were treated to IUPUIs Advanced Visualization Lab, where they were able to interact with
the labs high resolution display wall, demonstrating motion tracking and gesture recognition,
and a tilting touch table display. *University of North Texas*: *Incubator to provide UNT students with App Development
opportunities * UNT students seeking to gain experience in mobile applications development will soon have a new
resource to find project ideas. The App Development Incubator will bring students, multi-disciplinary faculty, and industry
together to learn about app development while creating real-world software. According to Elliott
McGaugh, a December 2012 graduate who developed the project while at UNT, the purpose of the site
is for users to post ideas for mobile applications that they would like created. McGaugh worked
on the Incubator website for a class associated with the STARS Alliance. *Georgia Tech University*: *Institute for Computing Education (ICE) 4th Annual Scratch
Competition
*Barbara Ericson, the director of ICE, along with STARS students Laura
Boullain, Cayla Bullinger, Kyle Hosford, Srayva Kotte, Rita Kozlov and Jennifer Yim joined other
outreach students in judging over 70 entries for the annual competition. The competition featured
students in elementary, middle and high school divisions and students could enter as a group or
individuals. Categories included animations and games. Current STARS projects include creating Scratch projects to help girls in Haiti learn typing in
English. Diverse Outreach Activities at Loyola University of Chicago STARS Students at Loyola have engaged in a diverse set of outreach activities, with particular
attention to the Greater Chicago Regional Botball Tournament coming up on Sunday, April 14 at
the Museum of Science and Industry. Botball is an action-packed robotics competition for middle
and high-school students that integrates robot building, programming, documentation writing, and
even a bit of mathematical analysis. Loyola students have also helped with robotics competitions taking place earlier in the year,
mentoring teams at Northside College Prep High School and West Ridge Elementary School. More
information on their activities can be found here.

------------------------------ In This Issue - EA Highlight - Highlights from around the Corps - Jobs, Opps and Events - Kudos and Awards Connecting to STARS Wondering how you'll stay in touch after you graduate? Be sure and join the STARS Linked In group
to keep us updated on your professional plans and accomplishments. You can also follow us on
Twitter, YouTube, or Flickr and share your videos, photographs and activities with us! Got an
announcement? Be sure and send us the info to be featured in the next eNews or on STARS Online! Kudos and Awards

*Jasmine Bowers*, STARS Student at Fort Valley State University received a scholarship to attend
the Richard Tapia 2013 Celebration of Diversity Conference. She will also host a
Birds-of-a-Feather showcasing her research topic "Android vs Apple: What's your personality?"
Good luck Jasmine! *Thint Cho*, STARS student and WiT (Women in Technology) member completed her Masters Degree this
past December with an exemplary GPA (3.9 to be exact) and was quickly scooped up by her
colleagues. As of January she has been teaching a 300-level course in the Department of Computer
& Information Science at Indiana University-Purdue University of Indianapolis (IUPUI). Congrats
Cho! *Kinnis Gosha*, faculty member and STARS SLC leader at Morehouse College received a one-year
grant award for $8,000 from the Associated Colleges of the South to develop "Virtual Writing
Assistants" with help from STARS students at Spelman and Morehouse Colleges. STARS students *Joshua Posey, Joseph Crawford, Myles Nicholson *and *Jamal Thorne* will present
their summer research at the 2013 Tapia Conference. Best of luck to you all! * David Brickler*, STARS student at Morehouse College will present a poster at the NSF funded
Emerging Researchers National Conference on STEM, Feb. 28 - March 2 in Washington, DC. Nice work
David! * Myles Nicholson*, STARS student at Morehouse was recently accepted to the PhD program at the
Ohio State University in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. All the best on
your degree Myles!
*Damien Greatheart*, STARS student at Livingstone College was recently accepted to NCA&T
University's Graduate School in Information Technology. Wishing you much future success Damien! Congratulations are in order for *Tyrone Aarons*, and *Omar Ford-Bey*, both from Livingstone
College, on their recognition from the Tom Joyner Morning Radio Show as "Hercules Scholars." Way
to go gentlemen! Jobs, Opps and Events

Paid Summer Research Internship via CRA-W/CDC DREU (Deadline: 2/15/2013) Socially Relevant Computing Summer REU at UNC Charlotte (Deadline: 2/24/2013) Access Computing Summer Research Internship (Deadline: 3/7/2013) EURECA 2013 (Deadline: 3/10/2013) Techie Camp Instructor (Ohio and Texas) Apply here for a great summer opportunity enhancing
elementary and middle school students interest in technology!

About Us STARS Computing Corps is a national community of regional partnerships with a mission to grow a
diverse 21st century technology workforce. The Corps is a framework for integrating engagement
into computing departments for recruitment and graduation of undergraduate and graduate students.
Utilizing our innovative STARS Leadership Corps program, a curricular or co-curricular
service-learning program for college students, Corps students collaborate with regional K-12
schools, industry, and community partners to inform, engage, and prepare upcoming students for
entry and success in college computing programs. Through student-led regional engagement that includes peer mentoring, team projects, and research experiences, STARS Computing Corps students
 are emerging as the future innovators of tomorrow.