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Antwane Mason And Cedric Strickland are Second-place Winners in Curriculum Development Competition

Virginia Watterson • DATE: February 7, 2013

Antwane Mason And Cedric Strickland are Second-place Winners in Curriculum Development Competition

Antwane Mason (l) and Cedric Strickland (r)

Cedric Strickland and Antwane Mason participated in a curriculum development competition sponsored by the Center for Minorities and People with Disabilities in Information Technology, CMD-IT.  Both African-American students are Computer Science seniors and received the second-place prize of $1500. They will have the opportunity to attend this year's SIGCSE Technical Symposium held in Denver, Colorado, March 6-9th, to present their project proposal and receive the award. The SIGCSE Symposium is a forum for the sharing of ideas concerning teaching and pedagogy in computer science education.

CMD-IT is a center whose mission is to ensure underrepresented groups are engaged in computing and information technology and to promote innovations that enrich, enhance, and enable underrepresented groups. In 2012, CMD-IT held a competition titled, "Introductory CS Course: It's All About Inclusion". The challenge was to design a two-week project for an introductory computer science course that would excite and inspire students from underrepresented groups. Strickland and Mason’s submission was a course project called, “Under-Represented Minority Advancement Site (URMAS)”. The concept of the URMAS project is to have students create a website targeting high school and undergraduate students, allowing them to contribute content on topics such as applying to schools, obtaining scholarships, or applying for U.S. citizenship. This project would provide students with an introduction to skills necessary to succeed in the field of computing and information technology as well as allowing underrepresented groups to uplift one another, pulling their knowledge and resources to succeed both individually and collectively.