After Graduation: Jackson Jacobs, Class of 2024

Jackson Jacobs, a recent graduate of W&L, double majored in Computer Science and Politics.  He is employed as a Software Engineer at RVO Health– a joint venture between Red Ventures and Optum, part of UnitedHealth Group.

Jackson is featured in this Columns article, which focuses on how his educational background shaped his current professional journey.

 

2024 Computer Science Degrees, Scholarships, Prizes and Awards

Congratulations to the Class of 2024 Computer Science Majors and Minors for their outstanding achievements!   Their accomplishments, along with the accomplishments of certain CS undergraduates  are listed here, as they appear in the Commencement Bulletin.

2024 Graduates:

Majors:

  • Timileyin John Adekola – Bachelor of Science
  • Giorgio Louis Antonacci- Bachelor of Arts
  • Mohammed Danish Bokhari- Bachelor of Science,  Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude
  • Joseph Anthony Bosco- Bachelor of Arts, cum laude
  • Andrew Joseph Condie Jr.- Bachelor of Science
  • Malachi Chad Eberly- Bachelor of Science
  • Bennett John Ehret- Bachelor of Science
  • Petra Ilic- Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude
  • Jackson Kemper Jacobs- Bachelor of Science,  cum laude
  • Ngoc Bao Le- Bachelor of Arts
  • Jose Armando Mendez- Bachelor of Arts
  • Julia Susan Raskin- Bachelor of Science, Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude
  • Renan Viera Silva- Bachelor of Science
  • Matthais Stock **- Bachelor of Arts
  • William Ryan Tobin – Bachelor of Science
  • Nicholas McClelland Tussing- Bachelor of Arts
  • William Xue- Bachelor of Science, Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude
  • Kathryn Marie Yurechko- Bachelor of Science, Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude

Minors:

  • Jack Wilford d’Entremont- Bachelor of Science
  • Jacob Nicholas Jackson- Bachelor of Science, Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude
  • Andrew Harris Larsen- Bachelor of Science
  • John Dabbs Schleider, Jr.- Bachelor of Arts, Honors in Economics (Thesis: “Systematic Risk and Measures of Monopoly Power”), cum laude
  • Jonathan Taft Symonds III- Bachelor of Science

Special Honors:

  • Kathryn Marie Yurechko  – Valedictorian, The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Medallion

Fellowships Received:

  • Julia Susan Raskin  – Fulbright U.S. Student Program, Germany
  • Austin Hunter Molitar ’25 – Goldwater Scholarship
  • Kathryn Marie Yurechko –  Marshall Scholarship
  • Brandon W. Bishop ’26 –  U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship, Arabic

Scholarships Awards and Prizes:

  • Kathryn Marie Yurechko –  The James McDowell Scholarship

Departmental Awards:

  • Kathryn Marie Yurechko – The Computer Science Department Award
  • Gabriel Thomas Hogan ’26 – The Lenfest Center for the Arts Award
  • Gabriel Thomas Hogan ’26 – The Excellence in Artistic Management Award
  • Kathryn Marie Yurechko – The Young Scholarship in Philosophy
  • Kathryn Marie Yurechko – The John and Mimi Elrod Fellowship
  • Gabriel Thomas Hogan ’26 – The Michael K. and Linda Gorman Award
  • Jack Wilford d’Entremont- The Coaches and Captains Basketball Award
  • Matt Fritz ’25- William J. Sterns Improved Swimmer

Katie Yurechko ’24 is 2024 ODK Leader of the Year in academics and research

Another well deserved achievement for Katie!

Yurechko, who double majors in computer science and philosophy and minors in poverty and human capability studies,  has been named the 2024 Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) Leader of the Year in academics and research.

The Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) Leader of the Year in academics and research recognizes individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership qualities and achievements in the area of academia and research within their academic community or institution.

A 2023 initiate of the University’s Alpha Circle of ODK,  Katie will graduate in May 2024 with a 4.0 GPA.  She was also named W&L’s first Marshall Scholar in December 2023.

Congratulations!

Here’s the link to the full story.

https://columns.wlu.edu/wls-katie-yurechko-24-named-odk-national-leader-of-the-year-in-academics-and-research/

Danish Bokari ’24, Lakpa Sherpa ’25 and Mohamed Soliman ’27 are winners at the SOLVE 2024 Hackathon!

The first ever W&L SOLVE Hackathon was held in the IQ Center, May 12-13, 2024.

A hackathon is an event where individuals or teams come together to collaboratively work on solving problems or creating innovative projects within a limited time frame.  The SOLVE 2024 event was an interdisciplinary student-focused gathering for any undergraduate student from W&L.

A grand prize of $1,000 was awarded to three separate teams judged to have created the best products or for embodying the spirit of the competition. Danish Bokhari ’24, Lakpa Sherpa ’25 and Mohamed Soliman ’27, who created EcoEats, a food app designed to revolutionize the way we eat and live sustainably, were one of the three winning teams.

Congratulations Danish, Lakpa and Mohamed!

Click here to read the full Columns article:

https://columns.wlu.edu/wl-holds-inaugural-solve-2024-hackathon-event-on-campus/

Katie Yurechko ’24, co-authors a paper about TikTok and Algospeak

W&L senior CS major Katie Yurechko ’24 co-authored a paper titled “You Can (Not) Say What you Want: Using Algospeak to Contest and Evade Algorithmic Content Moderation on TikTok,”.  Katie collaborated with Ella Steen, a student at Gordon College, and Daniel Klug, a systems scientist at Carnegie Mellon University.  The paper was recently featured online in “Social Media and Society” published by Sage Journals.

This paper talks about how people who make videos on TikTok are starting to use special language called “algospeak” more and more. They do this to get around rules that they think are unfair about what they can and can’t post.  These video creators frequently come up with new words or change existing ones, or they might use emojis or hand gestures instead of words. They do this to stop TikTok’s algorithm from removing their videos.

Yurechko, who double majors in computer science and philosophy with a minor in poverty and human capability, is dedicated to backing marginalized groups and advocating for diversity within the field of computing.

Here is the link to the Columns article:

 

2024 Game Demo Day

Students in Professor Matthews CSCI 319 Video Game Design class  showcased their final games at the end of winter term.

Game Demo Day took place on Saturday, April 13 from 10:30am – 12:30pm in the Science Center Great Hall.

It was a great turnout as lots of people came and played video games!

2024 PBK Inductions

Phi Beta Kappa (PBK)  was founded in 1776 at the College of William and Mary.   Its motto is “Love of learning is the guide of life.” The Gamma of Virginia Chapter was chartered at W&L in 1911.

Washington and Lee University’s PBK chapter welcomed 54 members of the junior and senior classes at the Convocation on Friday, April 5.   The honorees were inducted into Phi Beta Kappa based on their exceptional academic achievements in the arts and sciences.  Following are the computer science initiates from the Class of 2024 and 2025:

2024
Danish Bokhari
Julia Raskin
Will Xue

2025
Sarah Lathrop
Linh Nguyen
Ignas Volcokas
Lydia Yang

Congratulations!

CS major Katie Yurechko – First Marshall Scholar at Washington and Lee!

Katie Yurechko, ’24, a computer science and philosophy double major, was one of 51 Marshall Scholars chosen in 2023.   She is the first Marshall Scholar at W&L!

The Marshall Scholarship program was created in 1953 by an Act of British Parliament as a thank-you to former U.S. Secretary of State General George Marshall and the United States for assistance under the Economic Recovery Act, better known as the Marshall Plan. The scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit, leadership potential and ambassadorial potential.

Katie will receive a scholarship that fully funds one to three years of study at UK universities.  She will study at the University of Oxford and University College London.

Click here to read the full story.

https://columns.wlu.edu/wls-katie-yurechko-among-2024-class-of-marshall-scholars/

Congratulations, Katie!

CS’s Capture the Flag (CtF) event

On November 2 , the Computer Science Department held its first ever Capture the Flag event.

Capture the Flag (CtF) in computer security is an exercise in which participants attempt to find text strings, called “flags”, which are secretly hidden in purposefully-vulnerable programs or websites.

From unraveling cryptic codes to identifying vulnerabilities in simulated systems, student teams showcased their skills in ethical hacking and digital defense.  CS’s CtF served to foster a dynamic cybersecurity community on campus.

The success of this initial session set the stage for future exciting and intellectually stimulating CtF competitions!

Professor Tolley explains the rules, while Professor Khan looks on.
Students receive CtF instructions.
Teams focused on their CtF objectives.
Students working to find the “flags”!

2023 CS Halloween Party

The Computer Science Dept. Halloween party took place on Nov. 7.  The party, held at Professor Matthews’ house,  was fun and festive!
Check out these party pics!

outside decorations – spooky!
costume contest winners (L-R). Han Huynh, Beza Mengistu
costume contest winners (L-R). Han Huynh (Little Bo Peep), Beza Mengistu (spider hat!)
Group photo! (l-r). first row: Prof. Sprenkle, Xander, Han, Bianca, Naka, Carolyn, Prof. Matthews second row: Beza, Lakpa, Janeet, Brenda, Prof. Watson, Evan, Billy, Colin and Danish
Colin (or, Ken) and Billy (channeling Ted Lasso), chatting
Mark and Michelle show off their CS-themed costumes.