The Clemson School of Computing recently hosted a visit by students and Dr. Jessie Walker, Chair of Computer Science, from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB). UAPB has developed a regional profile as a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) University. It is known for offering well-designed, innovative curricula, setting challenging academic standards and providing well-qualified minority graduates for Arkansas, national businesses and organizations. It has also gained national and international recognition for its STEM Academy, Arkansas Alliance for Minority Participation (ARK-LSAMP) in STEM careers. The Computer Science and Industrial Technology programs at UAPB attract students within Arkansas, nationally and internationally. UAPB students are well-prepared for graduate study in computing.
Clemson used the visit as a prime opportunity to recruit UAPB students into Ph.D. programs at Clemson in Computer Science and Human-Centered Computing. Students arrived the day before the visit and stayed in the James Martin Inn, right on the Clemson campus. The one-day visit began with an overview of graduate programs in the School of Computing, and continued with visits to several research labs, including the Networking Lab, the Digital Production Arts lab, the Virtual Environment Group Lab, and the SAVAGE Graphics lab (which is an acronym for its focus areas of Simulation, Animation, Visualization, And Games for Education). Faculty from across the school used time during the afternoon to discuss research opportunities in computing at Clemson.
Students who participated in the visit are shown in the photo along with Dr. Amy Apon, Chair of Computer Science in the School of Computing, standing in front of the new McAdams Hall building. Pictured in the photo from left to right are Travis Jones, Leon Smith, Rhyanna Cohens, Roy Blount, Robert Cutchlow II, Amy Apon, Sharon Dobbs, Michael Payne, Tarsheika West, and Jonathan Turner.