Department of Computer Science

Computer Science Student Receives Honor from Computer Research Association

Jeff Thompson, a junior at USM majoring in computer science, was recently selected as Honorable Mention in the Computing Research Association's (CRA) Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award (Male) 2013. Jeff was chosen to receive this honor from among an impressive group of nominees.

CRA's Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award recognizes undergraduate students in North American universities who show outstanding research potential in an area of computing research. The 2013 Award Program was sponsored by Microsoft Research.

According to a statement issued by CRA, " It is quite an honor to be selected for Honorable Mention from [the group of nominees]." Notable qualities of the nominees included making significant contributions to more than one research project, authoring or coauthoring multiple papers, making presentations at major conferences, and producing software artifacts that were in widespread use. Nominees had been involved in successful summer research or internship programs, were teaching assistants, tutors, or mentors, and had significant involvement in community volunteer efforts.

Jeff has been working with Dr. Clare Bates Congdon on a bioinformatics project researching new computational methods for learning how genes are regulated. In 2012, a paper Jeff wrote about his research was published in the proceedings of the IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence. This year, he has another paper that will be published in the proceedings of the Symposium on Computational Intelligence and Computational Biology 2013. He has also presented his research at international and national conferences.

PHOTO: Computer Science student Jeff Thompson with USM College of Science, Technology, and Health (CSTH) Dean Andrew Anderson at the 2013 CSTH Student Recognition Reception. Jeff was awarded scholarships this year from WEX, Inc. and Time Warner Cable of Maine.