Three Rhodes Faculty Added to National Network Supporting Diversity in Higher-Ed STEM Communities

Dr. Erin Bodine, associate professor of mathematics; Dr. Sarah Boyle, associate professor of biology; and Dr. Loretta Jackson-Hayes, professor of chemistry and director of scholarly and creative activity mentoring, are members of the inaugural cohort of the Advancing STEM Careers by Empowering Network Development (ASCEND). ASCEND is funded by a nearly million-dollar National Science Foundation grant that runs through September 2024.

Rhodes Team Wins Local Investment Research Contest, Advances to Competition in New York

A team of five Rhodes seniors recently won the local competition of the Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA) Institute Research Challenge, and now will match wits and analytical skills against other student teams advancing to the regional competition to be held April 20-21 in New York City. They are Ted Bilden (business), Liza Esther (economics and business), Elliot Gorski (economics and business), John Medich (mathematics and economics), and Andrew Morton (business).

Two From Rhodes Nominated for Luce Scholars Competition

Rhodes’ Postgraduate Scholarship Committee has nominated Carter King ’20 and Caroline Clark ’15 for the 2020-2021 Luce Scholars competition. Rhodes is one of only 75 colleges and universities eligible to make nominations for the nationally competitive fellowship, which is supported by the Henry Luce Foundation in New York.

Rhodes Receives NSF Grant to Increase Success of Low-Income STEM Students

The National Science Foundation awarded Rhodes College $650,000 to increase the academic and career success of lower-income, academically talented STEM students at Rhodes. The eighteen students selected will receive a scholarship to reduce, or even eliminate, their need for federal student loans, participate in a new course on applications of computational thinking and a science-focused first-year writing seminar together, engage in grant-funded summer research experiences, live together in a designated residence hall, and receive peer mentoring.

Computer Science Students Explore New Possibilities in Robotics

Using cutting-edge technologies in robotics, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence, students in Dr. Ross Sowell’s Human-Robot Interaction course and Dr. Betsy Sanders’ Virtual Environments course showed off their computer science skills at an end-of-year exhibition of class projects. 

Computer Science Honor Society Established at Rhodes

Dr. Brian Larkins, assistant professor of computer science, serves as faculty advisor, but he says Kathleen Blanck ’18 was instrumental in filling the petition for the establishment of a chapter and spending a year of gathering the appropriate documents, information, and funding as part of the application process.

Ethan Ferguson ’22 Among This Year’s TEDxMemphis Speakers

A computer science major, he is founder of tech marketing and education startup Augseption. His talk will focus on how he has been working with schools in Shelby County to promote the adoption of virtual and augmented reality in classroom curriculums.