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The Raymond L. and Louise K. Gillard Prize, endowed by Gary Gillard, assistant professor emeritus of information technology, is in memory of his parents. The prize is awarded annually to a student(s) based on merit. The prize is awarded to Karen Canas.

Karen is a member of the Hood College Honors Program and their Honors Academic Planning Committee. Karen also serves as a student member on the Computer Science Advisory Board. She is the recipient of the 2016 Computer Science Chair’s Fund Prize. Karen has been selected as a 2017-18 NSF Blue Waters Student intern working on Deep Learning of Biomedical Images. Karen will attend the Petascale Institute at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois this summer. Karen works part-time at C. Burr Artz Library and at Hood College’s Center for Academic Achievement and Retention.

The Computer Science Undergraduate Achievement Award is given to a senior student who has demonstrated continued excellence in computer science studies. John Pigott is this year’s winner.

John will graduate this spring with a B.S. in computer science and a B.A. in mathematics. Before entering college, he obtained the rank of Eagle Scout. He is a member of the Hood College Honors Program and has been inducted into four academic honor societies. John has been named to the Dean’s List each semester over the course of his college career. During the summers of his junior and senior years, he interned with the Deep Horizons Discover Lab and the National Cancer Institute. He is currently completing a joint mathematics/computer science Departmental Honors project.

The Computer Science Faculty Prize is awarded to a student selected by the department faculty to recognize excellence. The recipient is Kaitlyn Bolton-Blevins.

Kaitlyn has been a student at Hood College for four years, and will be graduating with her B.S. in computer science with minors in mathematics and web development. She is a member of the Association for Women in Mathematics, Mortar Board, Pi Mu Epsilon, and recently had the pleasure of becoming president of the Computer Science Club. She also sees herself being back at school soon to continue her education. Upon leaving Hood in May, she will be beginning her career as a programmer and analyst for Datalab USA, a company in Germantown, Maryland.

The Computer Science Chair's Fund Prize is awarded to a student in the introductory course sequence that shows great potential as a student in computer science. The prize is awarded to Danielle Pitts.

A freshman born in Yokosuka, Japan, Danielle attended 13 schools prior to graduating from Mt. Hebron High School. In high school, Danielle was selected to be a member of Delta Scholars; served as vice president of Future Educators of America; and participated in softball and track and field. Since arriving at Hood, Danielle joined the Track and Field Team and the Association for Women in Mathematics, with a pending induction into Alpha Lambda Delta. With a passion for problem solving and programming, Danielle plans to pursue double majors in computer science and mathematics.