Student Named Finalist in National
Computing Research Award Program
Posted January 14, 2003
HOLLAND -- Hope College senior Alex Sherstov of
Karaganda, Kazakhstan, has been named a finalist in the
national "Outstanding Undergraduate Award" program sponsored
by the Computing Research Association.
Sherstov was one of four male and three female
students recognized as finalists in the competition. The
association honored two students, one male and one female,
as award winners; two as runners-up; seven as finalists; and
69 with honorable mention.
The competition recognizes undergraduate students
who show outstanding research potential in an area of
computing research. In addition to evidence of significant
research contributions, the selection committee also
considers the student's academic record and service to the
Sherstov was nominated for the award by Dr. Herb
Dershem, who is professor of computer science and chair of
the department at Hope.
"As a student in my classes, Alex is ideal. He is
always enthusiastic and has a strong desire to gain a deep
understanding," Dershem said. "He takes all assignments far
beyond the level required."
Dershem also praised Sherstov for both the quality
of his participation in research at the college and his
involvement in the department generally.
Sherstov conducted research at Hope during the
summer of 2001 as part of the research team led by Dr.
Michael Jipping, associate professor of computer science,
and on an independent project during the summer of 2002. He
is also working with the college's engineering program to
design and develop hardware and software for teaching
computer architecture to non-science students.
He has been honored twice by the Consortium for
Computing in Small Colleges for presentations concerning his
summer work. The poster he helped create about the 2001
research won the award for the best research poster
displayed during that year's Midwest Conference, and his
paper on his 2002 research was selected one of the top three
student works at the consortium's conference this past fall.
In November, he presented a paper on his 2002
research, "Streamlining Distributed Application
Development," during the International Conference on Applied
Modelling and Simulation, held in Cambridge, Mass. He will
present the paper "Distributed Visualization of Graph
Algorithms" during the "2003 Technical Symposium of Computer
Science Education" being presented by the Special Interest
Group on Computer Science Education of the Association for
Computing Machinery in Reno, Nev., on Wednesday-Saturday,
Feb. 19-22. In addition, he has been invited to enter a
poster in the February symposium's international competition
for the best undergraduate computer science research
Sherstov is an officer in the college's chapter of
the Chi Omega Omicron computer science honorary society, and
is a member of Hope's chapter of the Mortar Board national
honor society. He has consistently been named to the Dean's