On October 27th, 2018 UT Dallas Computer Science Department conducted a statewide “Battle of the Brains: High School Programming Contest”. About 135 teams competed in this 3-hour competition and the School of Science and Engineering was represented by two students, Jacob Acosta in the advanced division and Arjun Vikram in the novice division. Arjun received first place in the novice division.
Fourteen Dallas ISD students have been named among the 16,000 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists, with a chance to become one of the 7,500 finalists who will take home scholarships worth a combined $31 million.
More than 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to reach the finals, with about half of the finalists earning a National Merit Scholarship.
School of Science and Engineering National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists are:
School of Science and Engineering Miss Ruth Nichols and Miss Mariam Joseph from the class of 2019 finished creating a graphic novel during the summer of 2018 that explains Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. The graphic novel is free to view in full online at sciwarebiomed1.blogspot.com. The graphic novel is a project under the SciWare Books nonprofit company that Ruth Nichols and Mariam Joseph helped form in the summer of 2017.
Saumya Rawat won another highly competitive $3,300 grant from the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) to host free app development programs this summer. Recently she hosted 2 day weekend workshop sessions at UTD for middle school girls from underrepresented areas. More than 100 Girls from all over the DFW areas learned robotics using Scribblers, met student and professional mentors, explored STEM career options, and interacted with the FRC Robobusters Townview Robotics Team robots.
IT Empowerment for Her’s January and February robotics programs were featured on the UT Dallas Computer Science page: UT Dallas CS and IT Empowerment for Her Program Promote STEM Education for Middle School Girls Through Weekend Workshops – Department of Computer Science – The University of Texas at Dallas – Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science.
Additionally, Saumya was also featured on the Hub: Student’s organization shares love of STEM with middle-school girls | The Hub.
Please see the IT Empowerment for Her Opportunities page for past program photos and check back soon for updated upcoming program registrations: http://empowerment4her.org/opportunities.html.
The app development summer programs will be held on June 27-29 and July 9-11 and are for incoming 6th-9th grade girls; please subscribe to receive an email when registration opens: https://goo.gl/forms/cI4bB2KitX8hGQt92. If any high school girls would like to volunteer, please register at the link: https://goo.gl/forms/0bte0iOCUCCRisnW2.
Sasha Thomas received the Jose “Joe” May Scholarship, named after the former Dallas ISD trustee, which is awarded to the Superintendent’s Scholarship recipient with the highest GPA among the Superintendent’s Scholars.
She also received a 2018 Superintendent’s Scholarship which honors graduating high school seniors. This is the 18th year of the program. 62 seniors received $2,500 scholarships.
SEM Junior Shelly Goel competed at the Texas Science and Engineering Fair 2018 in San Antonio, TX. She won the highest award of the evening: Senior Division Best of Show Award given to the top project in the High School Division. This is the first time any student from Dallas ISD has won the Best of Show Award at the Texas Science and Engineering Fair.
She also won 1st Place Grand Physical Sciences Award in the Senior division after being awarded 1st Place in her Biomedical Engineering category. Shelly also won the 1st place Special Award from the Texas Board of Professional Engineers Future Engineer Award.
Additionally, Shelly qualified for and will be competing at the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in May in Pittsburgh, PA.
Shelly’s project is titled An Electronic Device With An Integrated Mobile App for Early Detection of Cardiovascular Diseases: A Low-Cost, Easy-To-Use, Non-Invasive Device And Comprehensive, Multi-Parametric Smartphone App. In her research, she developed a low-cost, easy-to-use, non-invasive electronic device to obtain a continuous blood pressure waveform at the Brachial artery. The device was integrated with a user-friendly “Blood Pressure Analytics” Smartphone App for real-time, multi-parametric analysis and comprehensive assessment of a patient’s cardiovascular condition. Minimal training and expertise is required to operate the Device and App allows for its integration in any environment including the home setting, thus creating a major global impact. Using this device as part of an annual wellness visit at primary care physician’s office can largely eliminate sudden “silent” deaths through monitoring of the progression of cardiovascular condition in middle-age adults and accordingly directing them to specialists for optimal treatment early on.