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Award / Scholarship Recipients of Department of Computer Science and Information Technology, Austin Peay State University

Academic Year 2021-2022
Academic Year 2020-2021
Academic Year 2019-2020
Academic Year 2018-2019
Academic Year 2017-2018
Academic Year 2016-2017
Academic Year 2015-2016
Academic Year 2014-2015


Academic Year 2021-2022

  • Ken & Amy Landrum Scholarship of Excellence in Computer Science/Information Technology
    • Ariel Alexis Daugherty
  • George Brotherton Memorial Scholarship
    • Ethen Sean Carrell
    • Vincent N Tran
  • Florim Scholarship in Computer Science
    • Daquan Malik Buchanan
  • Dr. Bruce Myers Computer Science Scholarship Endowment
    • Kaitlyn A Hardin
  • Michael Wright-QMSI Endowed Scholarship
    • Leah M Dowlen
  • Ken & Amy Landrum Computer Science & Information Technology Scholarship
    • Garrison Hayden Brandon
    • Daquan Malik Buchanan
    • Ethen Sean Carrell
    • Nautica Moet Dotson (Fall Only)
    • Silas William-Lee Elder (Spring Only)
    • Logan Luke Grisham
    • Autumn McKenzie Hale
    • Stephen David Johnson
    • Nhi Thi Anh Ngo
    • Calab Riley Reeder
    • Lily Aurora Thompson

 


Academic Year 2020-2021

  • Excellence in Computing - The Department of Computer Science & IT’s highest honor awarded to the most exemplary graduating senior that has shown excellence in all areas.
    • Sahil Goklany
  • Outstanding Students in Computer Information Systems - Recognizing exceptional achievement and promise in the area of computer information systems, awarded to the most outstanding graduating seniors in the B.S. Computer Information Systems Degree Program.
    • Dwayne Jordan
    • Curtis Compton
  • Outstanding Students in Computer Information Technology - Recognizing exceptional achievement and promise in the area of computer information technology, awarded to the most outstanding graduating seniors in the B.S. Computer Information Technology Degree Program.
    • Rebecca Bender
    • Sung Kwon Kim
  • Outstanding Students in Computer Science - Recognizing exceptional achievement and promise in the area of computer science, awarded to the most outstanding graduating seniors in the B.S. Computer Science Degree Program.
    • Joseph Douglas Spear
    • Alan Holman
  • Excellence in Computing - The Department of Computer Science & IT’s highest honor awarded to the most exemplary graduating senior that has shown excellence in all areas.
    • Ethan McCrary
  • Outstanding Students in Computer Information Systems - Recognizing exceptional achievement and promise in the area of computer information systems, awarded to the most outstanding graduating seniors in the B.S. Computer Information Systems Degree Program.
    • Summer Brown
    • Douglas Ferguson
    • Levi Parks
    • Jasmine Sager Gonzalez
  • Outstanding Students in Computer Information Technology - Recognizing exceptional achievement and promise in the area of computer information technology, awarded to the most outstanding graduating seniors in the B.S. Computer Information Technology Degree Program.
    • Michael Gosciej
    • Tamara Kim
    • Jeffrey Neely
  • Outstanding Students in Computer Science - Recognizing exceptional achievement and promise in the area of computer science, awarded to the most outstanding graduating seniors in the B.S. Computer Science Degree Program.
    • Lexie Nance
    • Peyton Van Hook
  • Ken & Amy Landrum Scholarship of Excellence in Computer Science/Information Technology
    • Ariel Alexis Daugherty
  • George Brotherton Memorial Scholarship
    • Sahil Goklaney
  • Florim Scholarship in Computer Science
    • Daquan Malik Buchanan
  • Dr. Bruce Myers Computer Science Scholarship Endowment
    • Kaitlyn A Hardin
  • Ken & Amy Landrum Computer Science & Information Technology Scholarship
    • Douglas Ferguson (Fall)
    • Garrison Brandon
    • Daquan Buchanan
    • Nautica Dotson
    • Christopher Greenup
    • Autumn Hale
    • Caleb Reeder
    • Ethen Carrell
    • Stephen Johnson
    • Logan Grisham
    • Lily Thompson (Spring)

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Academic Year 2019-2020

  • Excellence in Computing - The Department of Computer Science & IT’s highest honor awarded to the most exemplary graduating senior that has shown excellence in all areas.
    • Jacob Girsky
  • Outstanding Students in Computer Information Systems - Recognizing exceptional achievement and promise in the area of computer information systems, awarded to the most outstanding graduating seniors in the B.S. Computer Information Systems Degree Program.
    • Ross Barber
    • Kyle Lester
    • Trinite Jimenez
  • Outstanding Students in Computer Information Technology - Recognizing exceptional achievement and promise in the area of computer information technology, awarded to the most outstanding graduating seniors in the B.S. Computer Information Technology Degree Program.
    • Oxana Kiseleva
    • Micahel DeMarchi
    • Stephanie Escue
  • Outstanding Students in Computer Science - Recognizing exceptional achievement and promise in the area of computer science, awarded to the most outstanding graduating seniors in the B.S. Computer Science Degree Program.
    • Alexandria Banta
    • Daniel Davis
    • Benjamin Meadows
  • Excellence in Computing - The Department of Computer Science & IT’s highest honor awarded to the most exemplary graduating senior that has shown excellence in all areas.
    • James Evan Ottinger
  • Outstanding Students in Computer Information Systems - Recognizing exceptional achievement and promise in the area of computer information systems, awarded to the most outstanding graduating seniors in the B.S. Computer Information Systems Degree Program.
    • Jacob Horstman
    • Bushra Al Sibai
  • Outstanding Students in Computer Information Technology - Recognizing exceptional achievement and promise in the area of computer information technology, awarded to the most outstanding graduating seniors in the B.S. Computer Information Technology Degree Program.
    • Andrew Stutts
    • Kevin Lyons
    • Dan Nguyen
  • Outstanding Students in Computer Science - Recognizing exceptional achievement and promise in the area of computer science, awarded to the most outstanding graduating seniors in the B.S. Computer Science Degree Program.
    • William Dozier
Amanda McNair : Harvill-Civitan Citizenship Award, AY 2019-2020

Amanda McNair graduated in AY 2019-2020 with a B.S. Degree, double majors in Computer Information Systems (Systems Development Concentration, Mobile Software Technology), and Computer Information Technology (Internet and Web Technology Concentration). She has appeared on the Dean’s list multiple times. Amanda has been active in research, presented at research conferences, and been an active member of our department’s Association of Computing Machinery student organization. While she is a fantastic student and researcher, there is so much more to Amanda.

Amanda wants to serve the community and the university. She used her computer programming skills and creative energy in helping out the APSU Junior Coders, which is our outreach effort to teach the valuable skill of computer programming to K-12 grade students. We have had many APSU students help us over the years, but none have been more dedicated or more involved than Amanda. Amanda and our faculty members have been working together on APSU Junior Coders – Coding Camps / Classes for the last two years, and she has been a dependable asset to the program. Her skill in helping both kindergarteners and high school seniors grow in the classroom is extremely commendable.

Amanda won the Harvill-Civitan Award for her service and selfless commitment to the community of Clarksville, Montgomery County, and Austin Peay State University.

The Halbert Harvill Civitan Citizenship Award is given to the member of the graduating class selected by the faculty for having made an outstanding contribution to good citizenship during his or her college career. The award is given to the student who has made the best use of his or her abilities and has worked unselfishly for the betterment of fellow students and the school community. It is not based on popularity, athletic prowess, or scholastic achievement.

Each year, Austin Peay State University recognizes the top two outstanding students at the Spring Academic Awards Day Ceremony. This is the first time in our department’s history and probably APSU’s history that both the Drane Award and the Harvill-Civitan Award are won by computer science majors.

Evan Ottinger : William McClure Drane Award, AY 2019-2020

Evan Ottinger graduated in AY 2019-2020 with a B.S. Degree in Computer Information Systems, double concentrations in Systems Development and Information Assurance and Security (Cyber Security).

After serving in the United States Marine Corps, Evan joined APSU. He had a near-perfect GPA, and appeared on the Dean’s list multiple times. When Evan joined Kappa Sigma, he took a leadership role to improve the chapter’s academic standing.

Evan Ottinger’s claim to fame is the Cyber Fast-Track Competition 2019 launched by 25 state governors and the SANS Technology Institute. The competition required that contestants solve 250 cybersecurity challenges, each progressing in difficulty. These types of challenges are referred to as Capture the Flag (CTF) problems, and they all work towards the same goal: hack into a computer and find a code hidden somewhere in the file system. There are two primary lessons of the competition: the first of which is how to hack into systems, and the second comes with understanding the simple ways to harden a server to keep infiltrators out. James competed against 13,000 students across the United States and ultimately placed in the top 100, earning him a $22,000 scholarship of cybersecurity courses.

Evan won the Drane Award for his leadership, his record of scholarship, and his service towards his fellow students and to Austin Peay State University.

The William McClure Drane Award is conferred upon an outstanding member of the graduating class chosen by the faculty of the University on the basis of character, scholarship, leadership, and service to the University. Preference is given to a student with four years of residence in the University. Miss Myrtle Drane and Mrs. Maud Drane Buckner established the award in 1950 in memory of their father, William McClure Drane, prominent citizen of Clarksville and patron of education.

Each year, Austin Peay State University recognizes the top two outstanding students at the Spring Academic Awards Day Ceremony. This is the first time in our department’s history and probably APSU’s history that both the Drane Award and the Harvill-Civitan Award are won by computer science majors.

  • Ken & Amy Landrum Scholarship of Excellence in Computer Science/Information Technology
    • Dakota Stygles (Fall)
    • Esai Jimenez (Spring)
  • George Brotherton Memorial Scholarship
    • Ethan McCray
  • Florim Scholarship in Computer Science
    • Jacob Horstman
  • Dr. Bruce Myers Computer Science Scholarship Endowment
    • Amanda McNair
  • Ken & Amy Landrum Computer Science & Information Technology Scholarship
    • Nautica Dotson
    • Christopher Greenup
    • Alexandria Banta
    • Daniel Davis
    • Daquan Buchanan
    • Garrison Brandon
    • Ariel Daugherty
    • Douglas Ferguson
    • Kyle Lester
    • Jacob Girsky

 


Academic Year 2018-2019

  • Excellence in Computer Science - The Department of Computer Science & IT’s highest honor awarded to the most exemplary graduating senior that has shown excellence in all areas.
    • Claudia Yanes Garcia
    • Lidia Yanes Garcia
  • Outstanding Students in Computer Information Systems - Recognizing exceptional achievement and promise in the area of computer information systems, awarded to the most outstanding graduating seniors in the B.S. Computer Information Systems Degree Program.
    • Pamela V. Penaloza Pardo
    • Rhonda D. Beaugard
  • Outstanding Students in Computer Information Technology - Recognizing exceptional achievement and promise in the area of computer information technology, awarded to the most outstanding graduating seniors in the B.S. Computer Information Technology Degree Program.
    • Mariah L. Carnahan
    • Georgette L. Walrath
    • Chad E. Love II
  • Outstanding Students in Computer Science - Recognizing exceptional achievement and promise in the area of computer science, awarded to the most outstanding graduating seniors in the B.S. Computer Science Degree Program.
    • Harrison R. Welch
    • William “Suzy” Kersten
  • Ken & Amy Landrum Scholarship of Excellence in Computer Science/Information Technology
    • Nathan Nickelson
  • George Brotherton Memorial Scholarship
    • Daniel Davis
    • Quynh Tran
    • Robyn Yates
    • Brennan Norton
    • Dakota Shrader
  • Florim Scholarship in Computer Science
    • Jacob Horstman
  • Dr. Bruce Myers Computer Science Scholarship Endowment
    • Daniel Davis
  • Ken & Amy Landrum Computer Science & Information Technology Scholarship
    • William Kersten 
    • Robert VanHook
    • Luke Cecil
    • Bushra Al-Sibai
    • Alexandria Banta
    • Jacob Crews
    • Michael McKinney
    • Ethan McCrary
    • DeAngelo Carson
    • Andrew Stutts
    • Mariah Carnahan

 


Academic Year 2017-2018

  • Excellence in Computer Science - The Department of Computer Science & IT’s highest honor awarded to the most exemplary graduating senior that has shown excellence in all areas.
    • Douglas Antocicco
  • Outstanding Students in Computer Information Systems - Recognizing exceptional achievement and promise in the area of computer information systems, awarded to the most outstanding graduating seniors in the B.S. Computer Information Systems Degree Program.
    • Joshua St. Louis
    • Jordan Reedy
    • Emily Metscher
  • Outstanding Students in Computer Information Technology - Recognizing exceptional achievement and promise in the area of computer information technology, awarded to the most outstanding graduating seniors in the B.S. Computer Information Technology Degree Program.
    • Christopher Kramer
    • Brody Taylor
  • Outstanding Students in Computer Science - Recognizing exceptional achievement and promise in the area of computer science, awarded to the most outstanding graduating seniors in the B.S. Computer Science Degree Program.
    • Linh Do
    • Shawn Bickel

 


Academic Year 2016-2017

  • Excellence in Computer Science & Information Technology - The Department of Computer Science & IT’s highest honor awarded to the most exemplary graduating senior that has shown excellence in all areas.
    • Beverly Jean-Baptiste
  • Outstanding Seniors in Computer Science & Information Technology - Recognizing exceptional achievement and promise in the area of computer science and information technology, awarded to the most outstanding graduating seniors in the B.S. Computer Science and Information Systems Degree Program.
    • Alexander Hornick
    • Jennifer Jackson
    • John Schmitt
    • Alissa Taylor
    • Judson Thomas

Academic Year 2014-2015

  • Excellence in Computer Science & Information Technology - The Department of Computer Science & IT’s highest honor awarded to the most exemplary graduating senior that has shown excellence in all areas.
    • Lacey L. Williams
  • Outstanding Seniors in Computer Science & Information Technology - Recognizing exceptional achievement and promise in the area of computer science and information technology, awarded to the most outstanding graduating seniors in the B.S. Computer Science and Information Systems Degree Program.
    • Steve T. Wiberg
    • Jacob W. St. Louis
    • Shawn Moody
    • Arisha C. Majors
    • Sam J. Bennett
Arisha C. Majors : William McClure Drane Award, AY 2014-2015

Computer Science student Arisha Majors received the coveted Drane Award (a top APSU student award) during the 2015 APSU Spring Commencement exercises.

The William McClure Drane award is conferred at winter and spring graduations to an outstanding member of the graduating class as chosen by the faculty on the bases of character, scholarship, leadership and service to the University.

Arisha graduated with a major in computer science and information systems, with double concentrations (Internet and Web Technology, Database Administration) and an overall 3.93 GPA.

Arisha is well-trained in computer science, web design and development. In 2014, he redesigned and rebuilt the Tennessee Academy of Science website. It is a professional level web design project. The clean, user-friendly design that so impressed the TAS president-elect, that the TAS used the design and engaged her to reprogram the whole website.

Arisha also used her web development skills to help our other departments in the university. She helped to migrate three mission critical biology-related research websites to a new web hosting server for the APSU biology department in AY 2014-15.

Actively involved in research, Arisha was funded by a Tennessee Board of Regents research grant to conduct research on “Determining the Accuracy of Spatial Data Through the Use Of Mobile Device GPS Units”. She presented her research findings at undergraduate research conferences at MTSU (Middle Tennessee State University), as well as APSU, in 2015.

According to Dr. Bruce Myers, professor and chair of the computer science department, Arisha took the lead on all the above projects. Dr Myers also said, “Arisha is one of the top computer science graduates, and her active involvements in the projects is her way of helping us to make APSU a better place.”

Arisha is a recipient of multiple Dean’s List awards. She is on the Dean’s List every semester, during her four years with us. She is also a recipient of the Landrum Technology Scholarship, for multiple semesters.

The William McClure Drane Award is conferred upon an outstanding member of the graduating class chosen by the faculty of the University on the basis of character, scholarship, leadership, and service to the University. Preference is given to a student with four years of residence in the University. Miss Myrtle Drane and Mrs. Maud Drane Buckner established the award in 1950 in memory of their father, William McClure Drane, prominent citizen of Clarksville and patron of education.

Each year, Austin Peay State University recognizes the top outstanding student at the Spring Academic Awards Day Ceremony.