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CSU Student Authors State’s Best Science Paper

valencia-coleman-fullA paper by Columbus State University’s Valencia Coleman, a computer science major, business minor and student in CSU’s Honors College, was recently awarded Best Paper in Science at the Georgia Undergraduate Research Conference, hosted by Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, Ga.

Her paper, titled “Using an Augmented Reality Game to Develop Computational Thinking Skills,” is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under a five-year $1.2 million grant (Grant No. 1136356) from the Robert Noyce Scholarship Program. The grant, which was awarded to the university in 2011, provides scholarships to juniors and seniors majoring in math or science who commit to obtaining STEM teaching certification and teaching in a high-need school district after graduation. Internships are also available to encourage freshmen and sophomores to consider careers in education.

Coleman was mentored by Rania HodHod, assistant professor of computer science in CSU’s TSYS School of Computer Science.

Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in the paper are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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