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Press Release for Tuesday, September 24, 2013

International UPE Honor Society for Computing Awards 2013 Scholarships

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Associate Director
Department of Public Relations
(904) 620-2102

Two University of North Florida students in the School of Computing, housed in the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction, have been awarded 2013 Upsilon Pi Epsilon Scholarship Awards, which are competitively awarded on a national basis andrecognize students for their academic accomplishments as they strive to complete degree programs in the various fields of the computing discipline.

Arlington resident Joe Hoeppner received the award in the graduate student category, while Lisa Lamontagne, a Northside resident, received the award in the undergraduate student category from UPE, the only international honor society for the computing and information disciplines. Both UNF students were awarded on the basis of their academic records, extra-curricular activities and the recommendation provided by the UPE advisor at the University. They each received a $1,000 cash award.

"Receiving these awards is truly an honor for our students and reflect very positively on the caliber of our students, the School of Computing, the College of Computing, Engineering, and Construction and the University itself," said Dr. Sanjay Ahuja, UNF computing professor and UPE advisor.

Hoeppner is enrolled in the School of Computing's accelerated BS/MS program, which typically enlists high-achieving high school students, and has a 4.0 in both programs. He is an active member of UPE and is the vice president of UNF's chapter for the 2013-14 academic year. Last summer, he interned at CSX Inc., where he worked with the Windows Application Delivery Group, performing data mining, scripting and application retirement support. During his CSX internship, he won the Intern of the Week award.

His list of honors includes the UNF W.E.B. DuBois Honor Society (2011 to present); National Society of Collegiate Scholars (2011 to present); Pi Mu Epsilon Math Honor Society (2011 to present); UNF Honor Society (2010 to present); and the UNF Dean's List (2010 to present).

Lamontagne is enrolled in in the School of Computing's B.S. program. She graduated from UNF in 2007 with a B.A. in International studies and a focus on international relations and politics, with a minor in psychology. During her first time as a UNF student, she made the Dean's and President's lists multiple times. For the next three years, she taught English in Bolivia, while also developing her skill set in Web development.

When Lamontagne moved back to the United States in 2010, she decided on a career in software development and returned to UNF to earn her bachelor's degree in computing and information sciences. She expects to graduate in spring 2014 and is looking forward to beginning her career in the computing field.

CCEC seeks to develop students with the technical, communications and leadership abilities needed to navigate the challenges of the new knowledge-based economy and build a successful and prosperous future, while developing a sense of community responsibility and global awareness. The College strives to provide education that prepares our students to make significant contributions to their chosen professions, the Northeast Florida region and beyond in an environment where each student is respected, valued and engaged. 

UNF, a   nationally ranked  university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.