Two more computer science graduate students win Google scholarships

Photo of Danielle Cummings and Chinwe EkennaPh.D. students Danielle Cummings and Chinwe Ekenna from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering were awarded GHC Google Women of Color Scholarships to attend the 2011 Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) of Women in Computing conference, which will be held at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon, Nov. 9-12.

Cummings and Ekenna join fellow Aggie computer science Ph.D. student Jessica Gonzales among a small number of women chosen from a group of more than 1,100 applicants.

Cummings (left) has a B.A. in computer science, a B.A. in multimedia design from The Ohio State University, and an M.S. in software engineering from the University of Houston. Her research interests are in mobile computing, data visualization and augmented reality. She is a research member of the Sketch Recognition Lab directed by Dr. Tracy Hammond. Cummings is recognized for her work on GeoTrooper, which won best poster awards this year. She was recently elected to the Anita Borg Institute (ABI) Board of Advisors along with two other students in the country.

Ekenna received a B.Sc. and an M.Sc. degree in computer science from Covenant University in Nigeria. She is a member of Parasol Lab and is currently working with Dr. Nancy Amato. Her group works with randomized motion planning algorithms and her research is focused on the application of these algorithms to computation biology problems.

The Google sponsored scholarship will provide for a portion of the payment of conference registration, hotel, meals and travel to this year's Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference. At this year's conference, Danielle, along with Dr. Tiffani Williams, will be moderating a special kickoff session and hosting the welcome breakfast for Black Women in Computing, an online community sponsored by ABI and created to provide support and resources in order to increase the number of black women in computing fields.

The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conferences are designed to help advance the careers and research of women in computing. Informative presentations are given by leaders in industry, academia and government, while special sessions focus on the role of women in today’s technology fields, including computer science, information technology, research and engineering.