GradImpact: Hoping Her Passion for Computer Science Goes Viral

    A recent PhD recipient in computer science from North Carolina State University, Veronica Catete is so passionate about her work that she actively seeks out opportunities to share her passion with the world. Catete is particularly interested in sharing her passion with “middle school and high school students from rural areas who face the same limitations in computing education” as she did. Catete’s graduate research focused on “broadening participation in computing,” and she found herself involved in a number of outreach efforts both locally and all the way to Africa.


    As a student, Catete served as president of the Students & Technology in Academia, Research and Service (STARS) Computing Corps at NC State, an organization that provides students with the opportunity to learn more about computer science and possible careers, participate in service projects and outreach programs, and engage in research. She also spent time working in Rwanda with high school students, introducing them to the world of computer science and helping them learn to develop mobile apps that would benefit the public. “One was a milk delivery app, where you could enter in the type of milk you wanted, how much you needed and your location,” Catete said. “It would send a ping off to a delivery service, and they would deliver milk to your home. I would never have thought of that, but that’s really cool.”


    Dr. Catete is currently a research scholar at North Carolina State University working on STEM + C, an NSF-funded project that aims to integrate computing into K-12 STEM courses through teacher training and is the staff advisor to the STARS Computing Corps. To learn more about Veronica’s work visit the NC State website or her personal website.


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    Photo Credit: Becky Kirkland, NC State University



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