STARS Computing Corps Receives Award From the National Center for Women and Information Technology

Date Published: 
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
The Students & Technology in Academia, Research & Service (STARS) Computing Corps at UNC Charlotte has been awarded $1,000 through the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) Student Seed Fund to promote their mission to broaden participation of underrepresented groups in computing. The award, sponsored by the NCWIT Academic Alliance in partnership with Symantec, provides funds to outstanding student groups around the country to assist with computing outreach activities. The UNC Charlotte STARS Computing Corps students will use these funds to support their Mobile Application Development Investigators (MAD Investigators) outreach program at Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School in Charlotte, North Carolina. The MAD Investigators curriculum utilizes crowdsensing as a central theme to increase middle school students’ engagement and interest in science and technology; through MAD Investigators, middle school students learn how to create mobile applications that can be used by the general public to sense, collect, and share information about the surrounding environment to contribute to solving a scientific or civic problem. Congratulations to undergraduate students Carla Bendezu and Jonathan Knighten, who applied for this award on behalf of the STARS Computing Corps at UNC Charlotte. About the College of Computing and Informatics The College of Computing and Informatics (CCI) is the largest and most comprehensive technology program in North Carolina, and one of the largest in the nation, offering scale and critical mass in cutting-edge research and innovation. CCI is a national leader in interdisciplinary partnerships, bridging fundamental research with critical scientific, societal, and national defense challenges. It is also the home to leading research centers and institutes, including the Cyber Defense and Network Assurability (CyberDNA) Center, the Bioinformatics Research Center, the Charlotte Visualization Center, the Complex Systems Institute, and the Center for Education Innovation.  Active research awards currently total $20 Million.  @UNCC_CCI About the University of North Carolina at Charlotte UNC Charlotte is North Carolina’s urban research university. It is the fourth largest campus among the seventeen institutions of the University of North Carolina system and the largest institution of higher education in the Charlotte region. Current enrollment exceeds 27,000 students, including 5,000 graduate students.