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2013 UNH Manchester Honors Convocation Award Ceremony

Each spring the UNH Manchester community celebrates the outstanding academic achievements of our undergraduate students at the Honors Convocation ceremony. Convocation is the second largest academic ceremony at the University, next to Commencement, and a time for students and their families to join with University administration, faculty, staff, and their peers to celebrate their academic success.

On May 14, 2013 UNH Manchester celebrated its 14th annual Honors Convocation ceremony celebrating students across all departments including three CT department seniors.

2013 UNH Manchester CT Award Recipients

Award Recipients at the 2013 Honors Convocation.
Scott Adie (left), Tom McCarthy (middle), and Tyler Martin (right)

Scott Adie and Tom McCarthy were honored for University Scholars in a Baccalaureate Degree. The University Scholars is awarded to students who have earned 100 or more credits by March 11, 2013, of which at least 64 are UNH graded credits and maintained a 3.20 – 3.69 cumulative UNH GPA.

Tyler Martin was also honored at the ceremony receiving the Karla Vogel Award for Excellence in Computer Information Systems. A student who wins this award has demonstrated consistent achievement within the CIS major and overall academic excellence.

Congratulations to all recipients!

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More Scholarship Opportunities Available For Tech Students In NH

Source: Globe Newspaper, Boston.com

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Students pursuing degrees in tech-related fields in New Hampshire will now be eligible for more scholarship money, thanks to an agreement between the New Hampshire High Tech Council and the state’s public colleges and universities.

The chancellors of the University System of New Hampshire and the Community College System of New Hampshire recently signed a memorandum agreeing to contribute matching funds to the tech council’s Kocher Scholarship Program.

The agreement will enable the council to award more scholarships at higher amounts. Awardees now will receive $4,000 scholarships. Applications will be accepted for the next round of funding from Jan. 1 to Feb. 28

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Two UNH Manchester Students Awarded Qualcomm Scholarship

The two scholarship winners and the logo for the Grace Hopper Conference. On the left, Kristen Tejada. On the right, Melissa Bruno.

Two UNH Manchester students will be attending the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing this October. Melissa Bruno and Kristen Tejada were both chosen as Qualcomm scholarship winners out of the over 1,000 applicants to attend the three-day conference being held in Baltimore, MD. The scholarship will cover registration, hotel fees, and meal costs. This is the first time that any UNH Manchester students have been awarded a scholarship to participate in this event.

The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is the world’s largest gathering of women in technology, which will be held for its ninth year in 2012. Participants will be able to network, interview on site with employers for a wide variety of internship and career opportunities, and attend panels that will familiarize them with both recently emerging technologies and works in progress that everyone can expect to see in the future .

The UNH Manchester Scholars in Science and Technology (UNHM-SST) project, funded by the National Science Foundation’s Scholarships in STEM program, is providing travel grants for Kristen and Melissa’s participation in the conference. The experience gained at the conference will be shared with the two STEM cohort classes this fall.

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CIS Program Announces New Award


Source: UNH Manchester News

The Computer Information Systems (CIS) Program at UNH Manchester gave its first “Karla Vogel Excellence in CIS” award in May 2012. Bethany Ross, a freshman in the program, was presented with the award for her academic excellence. Ross is a resident of Derry and a graduate of Pinkerton Academy.

Professor Mihaela Sabin presented the award and said, “This year’s recipient possesses the unique combination of sound and highly competitive technical skills with the softest, warmest, and most inclusive ‘people’ skills. Excellence in the IT profession is achieved only if an IT solution, no matter how smart and sophisticated, is the solution that real people, not abstract end-users, need and happily use. Bethany Ross is the IT professional who makes IT users, managers, and peers happy!”

Ross’ professional experience included a summer-long project for the NH High Tech Council, a year of system administration work in college’s CIS lab, and 150 hours of internship at the Greater Manchester Professional Development Center. Bethany’s internship work was critical to a successful rollout of Google Apps for education in four Manchester school districts.

The “Karla Vogel Excellence in CIS” award recognizes an undergraduate student who has demonstrated consistent achievement in the Computer Information Systems major and overall academic excellence. The award was named in honor of Professor Karla Vogel who created the CIS major eight years ago, advised over 150 students and set the bar high for the CIS graduates. Sabin said, “To honor Professor Karla Vogel’s exceptional contribution to the College and the very existence of a successful academic degree program, the program’s award is being named after her and from now on reads “Karla Vogel Excellence Award in CIS”. Vogel retired in January 2012 after 26 years of teaching at UNH Manchester.

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Honors Convocation Awards

unhm-honors-convocationStudents in the BS CIS, BS EET/CT, Accelerated MS IT, and CIS minor have been recognized at the UNH Manchester 2012 Honors Convocation as Presidential scholars, University scholars, and recipients of awards for achievement in the major, writing across curriculum, and the UNH Undergraduate Research Conference. Our Flickr photos show smiles from KC, Jackie, Matt, Bethany, Jeff, Kristin, Mike, Karla, and Mihaela

Presidential Scholars (90+ credits, including at least 64 UNH credits, and 3.7 or higher GPA)

  • Karen Ibey (BS EET/CT)
  • Jacqueline Tims (BS Biological Sciences and Accelerated MS IT)
  • Matthew Vartanian (BS CIS)
  • Kristin Tajeda (BA Business, CIS minor)

University Scholars (90+ credits, including at least 64 UNH credits, and 3.2 to 3.69 GPA)

  • Jennifer Brand
  • Scott Callahan
  • John Grossmith
  • Jeff Knight
  • Bethany Ross
  • Mike Tierney
  • Mike Williams

Karla Vogel Award of Excellence in CIS
Recognizes the undergraduate student who has demonstrated consistent achievement in the Computer Information Systems major and overall academic excellence.

  • Bethany Ross (BS CIS)

Writing Across Curriculum Award

  • Matthew Vartanian

Undergraduate Research Conference

  • Engineering Technology Award: Karen Ibey (BS EET/CT)
  • Poster Presentation Honorable Mention: John Maddaus (BS CIS)

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FIRST® will receive the 2012 Granite State Award from UNH Manchester

Source: UNH Manchester

FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) will receive the 2012 Granite State Award from the University of New Hampshire at Manchester. FIRST has inspired youth and adults from Greater Manchester, the state, across the nation and the world to discover the excitement of science and technology. The Granite State Award recognizes these significant achievements, service, and/or contributions to the State. Jon Dudas, President of FIRST, will accept the award at University of New Hampshire at Manchester’s 27th annual commencement proceedings on Thursday, May 17.

The FIRST mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills. FIRST robotics programs inspire innovation and foster live skills including self-confidence, communication, and leadership. Few organizations have so successfully fulfilled their missions and contributed to the youth of New Hampshire and the nation as FIRST. Founded by Dean Kamen 20 years ago, the nonprofit organization has been devoted to helping youth aged 6 to 18 develop a passion for science, engineering, technology, and math.

FIRST began with 28 teams in a New Hampshire high-school gym. The 2011-2012 FIRST season attracted more than 26,800 teams, close to 300,000 youth and more than 100,000 mentors, coaches, and volunteers from more than 60 countries. The annual FIRST programs culminate in a the annual FIRST Championship a celebration where teams win recognition, gain self confidence, develop people and life skills, make new friends, and perhaps discover an unforeseen career path.

Every participant comes to understand the meaning of the two guiding values of FIRST: Gracious Professionalism(TM) and Coopertition(TM). Through Gracious Professionalism(TM), students learn and are also fierce competitors. They treat one another with respect and kindness and enjoy the satisfaction of knowing they have acted with integrity and sensitivity. The second value, Coopertition(TM), produces innovation and is founded on the philosophy that teams can and should help and cooperate with each other even as they compete.

The outcomes of a FIRST experience tell a story of achievement. A recent study of participants has found that FIRST students are more than three times as likely to major in engineering. They are approximately ten times as likely to have had an apprenticeship, internship, or co-op job in their freshman year and are significantly more likely to expect to achieve a post graduate degree. FIRST participants are more than twice as likely to expect to pursue a career in science and technology and nearly four times as likely to expect to pursue a career specifically in engineering. FIRST participations also pay it forward as they are more than twice as likely to volunteer in their communities.

Over the years the FIRST organization and participants, coaches and mentors have contributed to the lives of the people and organizations in Manchester, the State, and the nation and reflect the high standards of the Granite State Award.

UNH Manchester’s 27th Commencement proceedings will be held in Arms Park in Manchester’s Millyard, behind the UNH Manchester campus, beginning at 6:00 PM on Thursday, May 17.

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Student Summer Research in Computing

Source: UNH Manchester News

UNH Manchester students Daniel Pepin of Manchester, NH, and Rebecca Lee of Merrimack, NH have been awarded Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships by the University of New Hampshire.

Pepin, a student in the computer information systems program, received a $3,500 fellowship for his research on OpenITware Platform Architecture to Support Learning and Outreach in the CIS Program at UNH Manchester. Lee, a student in the communication arts program with a minor in computer information systems, received a $1,000 award for her research on Enabling Technology Transfer from the Computer Information Systems Classroom to the Manchester Community.

UNH’s Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) supports students with their research and creative projects by funding Undergraduate Research Awards (URAs) and Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURFs). Whether through taking a research-intensive course, working in one of the University’s many centers or institutes, or teaming up with a favorite professor to pursue a mutual academic interest, the opportunities to become involved in research are abound for students of all majors.

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