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DSP and Edgerley-Franklin Urban Leadership Scholarship Applications Due January 15, 2016

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DSP Induction

On Sunday, September 13, thirty-six new Scholars were welcomed into the DSP family at our annual Induction event, which took place at the Hale Library for the very first time! Students participated in a library scavenger hunt which allowed them to meet other scholars while also learning where and how to find important resources at the library. We are excited for a great year with an impressive group of Scholars! You can view a photo album of the event below.





Scholar Spotlight


Geordy Williams is a junior from Overland Park, Kansas, majoring in Computer Science, whose passions include computer science, problem solving, and creativity. He has been working on a research project entitled Global Sensitivity Analysis of Dam Erosion Models, where he is developing a graphical user interface for dam analysis. His research mentor, Dr. Mitchell Neilsen, professor of Computing and Information Sciences, said that Williams' contributions have already resulted in a conference publication.

Over the summer, Williams participated in Google’s CodeU mentorship program, an exclusive development program for high potential freshmen and sophomore students. Through Udacity’s Developing Android Apps course he worked on a team under a Google engineer to develop a video game app that provided information on recently released games. In August, he traveled to Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California.

Williams also served as a software engineering intern with Lexmark Enterprise Software in Lenexa, KS, was recently elected as the first president of the Edgerley-Franklin Urban Leadership student organization, and serves as the webmaster and historian for the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE).  He participated in the Soaring with Eagles Leadership program and was an undergraduate teaching assistant for the Department of Computing and Information Sciences during the past year. Williams received the NSBE Outstanding Leadership Team Member Award and 2nd place in “Best Use of Theme” at K-State’s first annual Game Jam. 

In December, Williams will attend the PlayStation Experience conference in San Francisco, CA, to continue building and expanding professional relationships with those video game writers and developers he began following in high school. 

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