Computer Science Research Students Receive Awards
Posted October 3, 2001
HOLLAND -- Hope College undergraduate computer
science researchers received three awards at the recent
Midwest Conference of the Consortium for Computing in Small
The conference was held at Olivet Nazarene
University in Bourbonaisse, Ill., on Friday-Saturday, Sept.
The award for best student research presentation
went to Josiah Dykstra, a Hope senior from Sioux City, Iowa.
Dykstra's research was on an approach to software validation
and verification using theorem proving and parallel
processing. His work was done as a part of a summer
internship with the National Security Agency.
Ngozi Victoria Uti, a senior at Northern Kentucky
University, received the award for best student paper. Her
work was conducted at Hope this past summer under the
direction of Dr. Herb Dershem, professor of computer science
at the college. Her project was the development of a system
that automatically animates linked list operations in the
Java programming languages. This tool is useful for
instruction and for the analysis of programs that use these
important data structures.
The team of Alexander Sherstov, a Hope junior from
Karaganda, Kazakhstan and Steve Marlowe, a senior at the
University of the South, won the award for the best research
poster at the conference. Their work was performed this
past summer under the direction of Dr. Mike Jipping,
associate professor of computer science at Hope, as a part
of Hope's summer research program. They studied the design
and test of hardware circuits through the use of software
simulation over a classroom network of computers.
The Midwest Conference is one of eight regional
conferences sponsored by the Consortium for Computing in
Small Colleges. This was the eighth annual Midwest
Conference and was attended by computer science educators
from Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky.
Dershem was the conference chair of this year's conference
and Jipping presented a tutorial on Handheld Computing in
the Computer Science Curriculum. The student awards at the
conference were provided by a grant from Upsilon Pi Epsilon,
a computer science honorary organization.
In addition to the student award winners, six
other student participants in the Hope College summer
computer science research program presented their research
at this conference. The Hope summer research program is
sponsored in part by a grant from the Research Experiences
for Undergraduates program of the National Science