Awards program inspires computing science career dreams

July 13, 2006, volume 36, no. 6
By Julian Worker

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Computing science is about creating technologies that connect people, systems, processes, and ideas.

And the computing science community awards evening reception held at SFU's Diamond Alumni Centre on June 22 echoed this theme.

The SFU school of computing science hosted the reception for the third year. The event reflects the school's desire to build bridges between SFU and its community and to show Lower Mainland grade 11 students that SFU offers students enhanced educational opportunities in the field of computing science.

The event included 10 different categories of awards presented to more than 180 students.

The concept seems to be working.

Award-winner Anjandeep Deol, a grade 11 student from Mission Secondary, says: “It has definitely brought SFU to my attention; it has made me more aware of SFU as a place to study. I am from a small school in Mission and it is pretty exciting to get a scholarship like this.”

Says Deol's mother, Harjeet, “It's a great opportunity to check out the university and makes it easier for the student to come here.”

Alix Cote won a scholarship given to a declared or intended major who is actively involved in the computing society community. Cote was a mentor in the school of computing science's 2005 ChicTech competition.

ChicTech fosters creativity, teamwork, and technical expertise among female Grade 10 students within the Lower Mainland.

Says Cote: “ChicTech shows girls that computing science isn't what they think it is. ChicTech opens their eyes, and they are so excited to have taken part. They get design skills and learn about teamwork. After ChicTech, most of the girls will at least consider computing science as an option to take at university, which is great.”

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