The Stephen K. Park Undergraduate Scholarship Award is presented annually at the Department of Computer Science Diploma Ceremony & Reception to at least one student earning a B.S. in Computer Science at William & Mary. Aaron Dufour, a double major in Computer Science and Physics, is this year's recipient.
The specific terms of the award are:
At least one award, of at least $1000, presented annually at the end of the spring semester to a graduating Computer Science undergraduate student who during his or her undergraduate career "established a record of academic excellence and, equally important, demonstrated a continuing interest in computer science research and development, as judged by the joint faculty of the Computer Science department."
Aaron graduates with majors in both Computer Science and Physics, maintaining a record of academic excellence in each. In his senior Physics research project, Aaron combined his expertise in both disciplines, bringing the insights he gained in his GPU Programming course to bear on his Physics project. In addition, Aaron is a member of Team Gold, one of only 110 teams invited from around the world to participate in the World Finals of the Association for Computing Machinery's International Collegiate Programming Contest in Warsaw, Poland — another significant investment of his time and energy, as the story Competitive programming team prepares for World Finals makes clear. After Aaron's return from Warsaw, he joins Fog Creek Software in New York City as a Member of Technical Staff.
To learn more about Steve Park, a former faculty member and chair of the department whose bequest endowed this award, visit the commemoration on our Facebook page.