Celebration of Scholarship is designed to highlight the research and projects completed by College of the Ozarks students over the past year. (Left to Right: Landon Wright, senior exercise science major; Tanner Rogers, senior allied health science major; and Shane Walters, senior allied health science major.)
Computer Science Senior Project Showcase
The Computer Science Senior Project Showcase provides real-world feedback to students outside of what they hear from professors in the classroom. Five students participated in this year’s showcase, presenting their senior capstone projects for peers, professors, and industry partners.
Cheri Kembell, assistant professor of computer science, is the director of this annual event.
“Students identify a problem and then design and build a solution utilizing technology in 15 weeks,” Kembell said. “When they present at the Celebration of Scholarship, they demonstrate their completed application to an audience. They communicate the logic behind their technical design as well as successes and failures that they encountered along the way.”
“Before students leave College of the Ozarks, they have experience with the entire software development life cycle at a professional level and can deliver and present their solution to a room of industry professionals,” Kembell said. “It gives students the opportunity to experience what it feels like to be questioned on their problem-solving and thought processes. In addition, it allows them to improve their written and verbal technical communication skills.”
Off-campus guests are individuals that the CS program calls their “industry partners.” Some of them are alumni of the program, others are I.T. professionals that work for organizations that hire students for internships and full-time employment. This year the showcase had judges who came from Abbott, FedEx, Forvis, ZeroSum, Netsmart, American National Insurance, Dragos, Inc., Johnson County Community College, ShadowDragon, Classy Llama, and Baton Pass.
“Our industry partners ask difficult technical questions and provide honest feedback to the students that day,” Kembell said. “This is our students' dress rehearsal for becoming the next cohort of C of O computer science industry partners.”