UMKC’s EyeVerify, a Kansas City startup developing biometric identification devices for mobile phones, was recently selected as a winner of two 2013 Silicon Prairie Awards. Out of the hundreds of nominees, only 12 received awards at the Hoyt Sherman Place in Des Moines, IA. EyeVerify received the Startup of the Year award, and Riddhiman Das, software developer for EyeVerify, received the Technologist of the Year award.
The 2011 SCE Scholarship Luncheon brought together SCE’s scholarship donors and student scholars currently benefiting from our donor sponsored scholarships. Connecting our donors and students gave our scholarship recipients the opportunity to express their appreciation to their donors. Donors learned firsthand how their support helps our SCE computer science and engineering students and the impact it has on their scholarship students’ lives and careers. Two student speakers, Riddhiman Das and Taya Upkes, captured the hearts of all attending with their personal stories of how their scholarship changed their lives. Donor Debby Dilks talked about her personal reasons for supporting students via scholarship, including how her own father’s struggle to obtain an education and her mother’s dedication to women’s intellectual equity underlined and motivated her family’s endowment of two scholarships.
SCE was proud to recognize six new or newly endowed scholarships this year, four of which were newly endowed in 2011! They are the 1) Ankit Agarwal Computer Science Scholarship Fund; 2) Dr. C. Quinton Bowles Memorial Scholarship Endowment; 3) Black & Veatch Scholarship; 4) Mahatma Gandhi Scholarship; 5) SCE Alumni Scholarship Fund and 6) Sprint Scholarship. Three of the four newly endowed scholarship donors were present and recognized for their generosity and commitment to our computer science and engineering students. Minda Mason, Director of Major Gifts for SCE, emphasized that 70% of our SCE students qualify for some sort of scholarship support and that our SCE scholarship recipients are frequently our campus leaders , serving in key roles in student government, participating in community service and raising the level of academic performance in our classrooms.
It is with great appreciation that Dean Kevin Truman and Chancellor Leo Morton thank all of our scholarship donors!
Just as Charlie won a golden ticket to the chocolate factory, junior Riddhiman Das secured a golden ticket – a two-day, all-expenses-paid trip to Microsoft world headquarters in Redmond, Wash. Das is a Computer Science student in the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Computing and Engineering.
On April 15, 50 computer science students will experience the products, people and culture of Microsoft. Each year, Microsoft Golden Tickets are awarded to the best 50 computer science majors to have applied.
Following are a few highlights of the Microsoft Golden Ticket program:
- Receiving access to Microsoft engineers, visionaries, grassroots innovators, unreleased technology and networking opportunities
- Learning where new ideas come from, studying the breadth and depth of social challenges and gaining perspective of software’s role in solving today’s and tomorrow’s issues
- Meeting with Bill Gates and other world leaders
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