Wednesday, September 7, 2022

The University of Iowa Department of Computer Science recognizes this academic year’s scholarship* recipients, listed below:

Alexander Barloon - Principal Scholars Award

Alex Barloon portrait - with skateboard helmet on a cloudy day - submitted

"Thank you to Principal for awarding me with this scholarship! This will allow me to focus on my classes without worrying about tuition. I'm excited to move closer to my goal of becoming a Computer Scientist and working in the STEM field full time!"

"This summer I worked as an engineering intern at Uplift Delivery in downtown Des Moines. I'm looking to work at another internship next summer."

Harper Eastman - Barkmeier-Tice Scholarship

Harper Eastman portrait - submitted

"As a recent graduate of Grinnell College with a degree in Psychology and concentration in Neuroscience, I was proud to be accepted into the U of IA Computer Science program.  I know the quality of their program through the U of IA's stellar partnership with Grinnell and took every computer science course offered as an undergrad.

I am a first year TA in the CS department; currently in the Master's program on the road to the PhD program where my interests are machine learning ( artificial intelligence), robotics, and research.

I am very grateful for the Barkmeier-Tice Scholarship and thank them for their trust in me."

Lydia Esbaum - David Spang Award

Lydia Esbaum portrait - submitted

"I am beyond grateful to have been selected as the recipient of the David Spang Award for the 2022-23 academic year. To radiate the passion David had for his career and the love he had for his family, friends, and colleagues is something I strive to imitate in my own life. It is an honor to be pursuing the same interest David had for technologically advancing our society. I want to give a special thank you to Keith & Becky Danahey for this generous award, as well as the university’s computer science department for granting me the opportunity to achieve my educational goals."

" I was the vice president and treasurer of WiCS at Iowa for the Spring 2022 semester and will continue in these positions throughout the 2022-23 academic year. This summer I began working for John Deere in their Part-Time Student program as a data analyst."

Nathan Gillis - Gerard Weeg Scholarship

Nathan Gillis portrait - submitted

"I'm honored to have received the Gerard P. Weeg Scholarship. I've spent a great deal of my life thinking about mathematics and have more recently spent a lot of my spare time in the past few years programming, and so it feels fantastic to be recognized for my effort. Thank you to all who have supported me in my academic journey thus far."

Annika Heiling - Jason & Leslie Weber Scholarship for Women

Annika Heiling portrait - submitted

"I am very grateful to be the recipient of the Jason and Leslie Weber Scholarship for Women this year. Each of my computer science courses here at the University of Iowa has taught me to enjoy the process of learning and problem solving. I would like to thank all of the professors I have had for challenging me and helping me continue to grow. This past summer, I worked as a Web Software Engineer Intern at Vail Systems in Chicago. I am looking forward to beginning my career in the industry after I graduate this year with a double major in Computer Science and Anthropology."

Mitchell Hermon - Jason and Leslie Weber Emerging Technologies Scholarship

Mitchell Hermon pictured outside with trees in background

"I am extremely honored to have been chosen as a recipient of the Emerging Technologies Scholarship made possible by Jason and Leslie Weber. The support for new technologies like AI & Machine Learning is amazing and allows students like me to pursue and make new advancements in these fields."

This past summer Hermon was a software development engineer intern at Amazon. He is currently continuing undergraduate research in the Computational Biomolecular Engineering Lab here at the University of Iowa.

Emily Johnson - Barkmeier-Tice Scholarship

Emily Johnson portrait - submitted

"With my graduate work, I hope to study and impact the way people program."

Cathryn Lyons - Frank A. Park Scholarship

Cathryn Lyons portrait - submitted

"I am extremely grateful to have been selected as the recipient of the Frank A. Park Scholarship. This past summer, I had the opportunity to intern at Collins Aerospace as a systems engineer on the integration team. Here, I worked on a program that is commonly explained as “Top Gun,” because a lot of the fighter training shown in that film wouldn’t be possible without Collins’ products. This experience also ended with a job offer to stay on full-time once I graduate in the spring. I look forward to this upcoming academic year and can’t wait to see what new opportunities and challenges I will encounter."

John Piaszynski - Arthur A. Collins Scholarship

John Piaszynski portrait - submitted

"When I first started my undergraduate program, I didn't know the first thing about Computer Science. The idea that after three short years, I would have gained enough knowledge and experience to merit receiving a scholarship for my degree would have been unthinkable to me. I am incredibly grateful to be the recipient of the Arthur A. Collins Scholarship from Collins Aerospace. I think it's a wonderful thing that opportunities like this exist for students in Iowa, and I hope to make the most of this award in my final year at the university."

Ashley Tapia - Principal Scholars Award

Ashley Tapia portrait - submitted

"I’m grateful to receive the Principal Scholars Award presented by Jennifer Dugan-Burns. This scholarship helps underrepresented and bilingual students such as myself to continue our education. I look forward to completing my degree and changing the world for the better."

Tony Terrones - Arthur A. Collins Scholarship

Tony Terrones portrait - submitted

"Thank you, Collins Aerospace, for the Arthur A. Collins Scholarship for 2022-2023. It has lightened my financial burden, which will make it easier for me to focus on school and research. I will use it as inspiration to keep working hard. I hope to one day be able to give back to the CS community the way you have helped me. Go Hawks!"

Racial Disparities in Similar Cohorts of Lung Cancer Patients poster by Tony Terrones (1), Guadalupe Canahuate (2) 1) Computer Science Department 2) Electrical and Computer Engineering Department

Tony is currently doing research with Dr. Guadalupe Canahuate [ECE] regarding machine learning models and racial disparities in lung cancer patients. [Click on poster for more!]


Fiza Virk - David Spang Award

Fiza Virk portrait - submitted

"I am sincerely honored to have been selected as the recipient of the David Spang Award for this upcoming academic year. Thank you for your generosity, which will help me pursue my education in Medical Informatics at the University of Iowa. David Spang’s generous spirit continues to inspires students, like myself, pursue their dream in the field of computer science. I appreciate the CS Department as a whole, Keith and Becky Danahey, and everyone else who chose me for this award. Without their kind generosity, it would not be possible for me to pursue my education at the University of Iowa."

Raymond Yang - Jason and Leslie Weber Emerging Technologies Scholarship

Raymond Yang pictured inside

"I’m honored to receive the Jason and Leslie Weber Emerging Technologies Scholarship. Currently, I'm wrapping up a summer internship with Amazon and will be continuing to work part time for Collins Aerospace during the school year. After school, I'll be looking for full time opportunities and find positions that work with cutting edge technologies or have AI/ML."


Ryan Policheri received the 2021-22 CS Outstanding TA Award!

* With the generous support of several organizations as well as individuals and family trusts, the Department is able to award 6-10 scholarships per year, usually ranging in value from $1,000 to $5,000. Applications are normally due in late spring, with awards given at the start of the following fall semester. To be eligible for departmental scholarships, students must be a declared Computer Science, Informatics, Computer Science and Engineering, or Data Science major at The University of Iowa. Previous scholarship recipients are eligible to apply.