UMBC Student honored by CRA as an Outstanding Undergraduate

August 3, 2004

UMBC undergraduate Katherine Hirsch received an honorable mention award in the Computing Research Association's tenth annual CRA Outstanding Undergraduate Awards competition, which recognizes undergraduate students who show outstanding research potential in an area of importance to computing research. The awards were presented on July 28 at the 2004 National Conference of the American Association of Artificial Intelligence in San Jose, California.

The candidates, nominated by their departments, had to be majoring in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or an equivalent program and possess outstanding research potential, academic talent, and achievements. The 2004 awards were made possible by the generous support of Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs. Microsoft Research and Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs sponsor the awards in alternate years.

Katherine will graduate from UMBC in December 2004 with a BS in Computer Science and a BA in Imaging and Digital Arts with a concentration on animation. Her emphasis has been on the intersection of these two fields, encompassing computer graphics from two sides - the technical details of algorithms and current research, as well as the artistic aspect of the content. She has worked with Professors Mark Olano and Penny Rheingans in the CSEE Department and is a student fellow of the UMBC Imaging Research Center. In addition to her strong academic work in two majors, she has been very active in the Center for Women and Information Technology and is a varsity pole vaulter.

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