Jonathan Chaffer named 2021 winner of the David Boundy Award

Jonathan has always been interested in creating things with and for computers. He grew up making drawings in Photoshop, composing music in GarageBand, and building games in Scratch. In middle school and high school, he gravitated toward becoming a cartoonist or graphic designer. But his curiosity about how computers work and how to build software for them eventually led him to study computer science in college. Now, he has realized that he loves creating things but doesn’t really like getting his hands dirty. He loves how in Computer Science he can play around, try new things, and experiment without ever having to clean up a mess afterwards!

In addition to receiving the Boundy award, Jonathan’s work as a teaching assistant and as a key staff member in the Computer Science Help Center led to him being awarded the Computer Science Leadership award for his leadership and service to the department.

Caleb Tallquist named winner of the 2020 Computer Science Senior Prize

“A high achiever who is unable to internalize and accept their success. They often attribute their accomplishments to luck rather than to ability, and fear that others will eventually unmask them as a fraud.”  This is how Kirsten Weir described the imposter phenomenon (often called imposter syndrome) in an American Psychological Association article about graduate […]

Jori Gelbaugh (’20) honored with Computer Science Department Service Award

Jori Gelbaugh ’20 approaches everything in her life the same way – with passion and by putting her whole self into her work and relationships.  Her passion allowed her to pursue and excel in a variety of activities during her years at Hope College.  Some of these activities are familiar to many in the Hope […]

Class of 2020 celebrates graduation!

The Hope College Computer Science class of 2020 graduated under very unique circumstances on May 3, 2020. The Covid-19 pandemic prevented these students from gathering together to celebrate their accomplishments during the traditional May Commencement ceremony. But Covid-19 cannot prevent us from being proud of their accomplishments over the past several years! We are “Hope-ful” […]

Michael Kiley awarded 2019 Computer Science Senior Prize

Think back to when you were a kid – do you remember what you wanted to be when you grew up?  A firefighter, a professional athlete, a nurse, or perhaps a teacher?  Michael Kiley’s dream was to be an inventor, following in the footsteps of Thomas Edison or Alexander Graham Bell. Or like many young boys […]

Mark Powers named 2019 Boundy Award recipient

Mark Powers’ first experience with Computer Science came through learning to program his TI-84 calculator in the 9th grade; in particular by writing a program to solve the quadratic equation.  He became intrigued by the possibilities of computer programming, and spent hours in class learning how to program the calculator by creating games and equation […]

Sophomore Josie Crane receives Boren Scholarship for Study Abroad

Josie Crane, a sophomore from Mattawan, MI, has been awarded a Boren Scholarship from the National Security Education Program to fund a year of study in South Korea during the 2019-20 academic year.  The Boren Scholarships “provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to […]

Students and Faculty attend Michigan Celebration of Women in Computing

Hope College students and faculty from the Computer Science Department attended the Michigan Celebration of Women in Computing the weekend of March 29 and 30, where they learned about Data Science and gender-bias in Software Engineering. Here are some of their comments: “MICWIC was an emboldening experience! It was so inspirational to hear the stories […]

Visiting lecturer’s talk inspires students

Dr. Valerie Taylor, director of Argonne National Laboratory’s Mathematics and Computer Science Division, gave two lectures as part of the Gentile Interdisciplinary Lecture series on March 6 and 7. Her presentation highlighted the impact Argonne’s work on high performance computing is making on important problems in a variety of scientific disciplines. In addition to inspiring […]