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Wofford students recognized for science-related endeavors

Thursday, May 05, 2005

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Wofford College students recently have received recognition for excelling in a variety of science-related endeavors.

Senior David Harmon, a computer science and mathematics major from Charleston, S.C., has been awarded a highly competitive National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. The NSF awards about 1,000 such fellowships annually. Harmon has been accepted to Columbia University, where he plans to study computer science.

Harmon, who recently was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, is a dean’s list student and the son of Joseph and Pamela Harmon of Charleston, S.C. He is a Wofford 1854 Scholar. He was part of a team that won the Web Contest of the Consortium for Computer Sciences in Colleges Southeastern Region Conference in November.

Harmon also was part of a Wofford College team that recently finished second in the Senior Division of the Mercer Spring Programming Contest. The other students participating were Jonathan DeBusk, a senior computer science and history major from Greenville, S.C., and Kyle Bennett, a sophomore from Moore, S.C. The team was coached by Dr. David Sykes, associate professor of computer science.

DeBusk, who also was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, was part of the winning team at the Consortium for Computer Sciences in Colleges Southeastern Region Conference as well. A dean’s list student, he is the son of Richard and Kathy DeBusk of Greenville.

Bennett is a computer science major.

Also, two Wofford students have received $2,000 Pre-Service Scholarships each from the South Carolina Space Grant Consortium.

Elizabeth Jane (Bess) Snyder of Rock Hill, S.C., and Leslie Ann (Lollie) Powell of Marion, S.C., both junior biology majors, were among six students who received the newly founded scholarship.

They were selected based on their academic qualifications, letters of recommendation, faculty sponsorship, and past, current and planned activities in a science or mathematics career. They also prepared a sample lesson plan using NASA’s curriculum materials available on the Internet.

Dr. Cynthia Suarez, associate professor and chair of the department of education, assisted the students in preparation of the materials. “We’re delighted for and proud of the work of Bess and Lollie and the promise they show as teacher candidates,” she says.

Snyder is a Wofford 1854 Scholar and a dean’s list student. She is the daughter of Frank and Lynn Snyder of Rock Hill.

Powell, also a dean’s list student, is the daughter of Joseph and Susan Powell of Marion.