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Press Release for Thursday, January 31, 2013

UNF Student Wins International Computing Scholarship Award

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Associate Director 

Department of Public Relations 

(904) 620-2102 



University of North Florida computer science student Jared Wheeler was one of four students worldwide to receive the 2012-2013 UPE/ACM Student Chapter Scholarship Award from the Association for Computing Machinery, the world’s foremost computing sciences professional organization. 


Wheeler, an Orange Park resident, received a $1,000 scholarship, funded by Upsilon Pi Epsilon, the international honor society for the computer and information sciences. He is getting both his master’s and bachelor’s degree simultaneously in computer science from UNF and is scheduled to graduate next spring. Wheeler is currently president of the campus ACM student chapter and also served as vice president. He has been instrumental in bringing local technology industry experts to campus to share their knowledge with students.  


“The fact that Jared was one of the four selected from applications worldwide is definitely a testimony to his abilities as a student,” said Dr. Asai Asaithambi, UNF School of Computing director. “It’s also testimony to his UNF experience. We are very proud of him.”  


ACM awards scholarships to computing science students via a worldwide competition. There were numerous applications submitted from various countries around the globe, including Turkey, Pakistan, India, Saudi Arabia, Bulgaria, Mexico, the United States and more.  


The UPE/ACM Student Chapter Scholarship Award is an academic award. Applicants were required to submit transcripts, letters of recommendation, a statement detailing contributions to their respective university and long-term plans for the computing profession.  


The ACM is the world’s largest and most prestigious scientific and educational computing society solely dedicated to computing with more than 100,000 members. The ACM is a not-for-profit professional membership with over 170 professional chapters and 500 college and university chapters are found throughout the world in 38 different countries. 


The School of Computing has primary responsibility for computing-related instruction in the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction . For undergraduate students, the School offers the Bachelor of Science degree in Computer and Information Sciences with four separate programs in Computer Science, Information Science, Information Systems, and Information Technology. For graduate students, the school offers the Master of Science degree in Computer and Information Sciences with three separate tracks in Computer Science, Information Systems, and Software Engineering. 


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.