Aaron Buchholz didn’t have to shop for colleges – he knew where he wanted to go and only applied to the North Dakota State University. The Colfax, North Dakota native and Richland 44 High School graduate has now become one of NDSU’s top students – and has been recognized for his accomplishments.
Buchholz was recently recognized as a “student of distinction” by the NDSU Computer Science Department, an honor bestowed on only 15 of the department’s approximately 600 students. He is pursuing a B.S. in Computer Science.
“Students of distinction – like Aaron Buchholz – are selected for going above and beyond typical students,” commented NDSU Computer Science Assistant Professor Jeremy Straub, who manages the student awards program. “They are recognized by their peers and instructors as student leaders – in a variety of areas – and this award serves to acknowledge their accomplishments.”
Buchholz’s accomplishments at NDSU are numerous. He is a star student and his teams won first place at the DigiKey regional programming contest and at the local ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest competition. His team also took third place at the MechMania competition in Illinois. Buchholz also serves as an undergraduate learning assistant. In this role, which he has held for six semesters – ever since he completed his first computer science courses, he helps other undergraduates learn their computer science course material.
Perhaps the biggest change that Buchholz has experienced during his three years at NDSU is a broadening of his horizons. “Growing up in a small town where everybody knew everybody led me to believe that I wanted to stay close to home for as long as possible,” he says. “Now, I only want to travel – and figure out what area I want to start my career.”
Buchholz now knows his first destination. He will be moving to Boston in February and working for FAST Enterprises. He is particularly interested in software development, which is what he’ll be working on at FAST.
The NDSU Computer Science Department was founded in 1988 (though computer science courses were offered as part of Mathematical Sciences since 1973). It offers Ph.D. degrees in computer science and software engineering, three master’s degrees and two bachelor’s degree programs. It occupies 7,460 square feet in NDSU’s Quentin Burdick Building and has approximately 600 graduate and undergraduate student majors.