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BMCC Student Defies
U.S. Industry Trends and Excels in Computer Science
May 1, 2012
BMCC Student Dana Smith Defies National Trend in
Computer Network Technology major Dana Smith was one of eight
CUNY students selected to present her research findings—involving
database implementation for an Android phone app development
project—at a recent conference at the University of
Smith, whose research was part of her BMCC Honors Project
guided by BMCC Professor Jose Vargas, was also accepted into
C-STEP (Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program),
and completed a research project aimed at enabling electronic
exchange of patient medical records with support from LSAMP
(Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation program),
and BMCC Professor Ching-Song D. Wei.
Ample mentoring has likely been a factor in Smith's success
at BMCC, and reflects the college's commitment to support
students both financially and academically. As a result, BMCC
ranks of 9th in the nation in awarding associate degrees to
minority students, according to Community College Week
and their reports based on U.S. Department of Labor data.
Dana Smith's success at BMCC also defies the reality that
women make up less than 10% of computer science college majors
today—a percentage that has decreased, rather than increased
with time—according to the Computer Research Association's
most recent report.
In addition to mentoring, BMCC offers financial aide in one
form or another to the majority of its students, including
Smith, who was also just announced as one of seven recipients
of BMCC's "Out in Two" scholarship, which will provide
her with tuition assistance and the academic support and advisement
it will take to graduate in two consecutive years.
"I've always loved computers, but I never knew which
area I ultimately wanted to study," Smith said. After
earning her associate degree in June 2012, she looks forward
to pursuing bachelor's, masters and doctoral degrees in computer
science. Thanks to the support she found at BMCC, she says,
"I was able to experience that field first hand."
Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) of the City
University of New York (CUNY) enrolls over 24,000 degree-seeking
and 10,000 Continuing Ed. students a year, awarding Associate
Degrees in 31 fields.
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