Eric Myers is one of the youngest recipients of the North Dakota State University Computer Science Distinguished Student Award. An Eden Prairie, Minnesota native and graduate of Eden Prairie High School, Myers is currently a sophomore majoring in Computer Science at NDSU. He decided to attend NDSU over Iowa State University, because NDSU “hit the spot” for him in terms of size.
Myers was chosen for the Distinguished Student Award due to his wins at the MechMania programming contest and the regional competition of the ACM Intercollegiate Programming Contest. His team won MechMania and took third place at the ACM competition. Myers is also active in the student Association for Computing Machinery chapter and a regular participant in department events. His commitment to service, though, is perhaps his most impressive trait. It is embodied best by something he did long before attending NDSU: in 2012 and 2013, Myers biked 200 miles – 100 each year – to support fundraising for Diabetes Research as part of the JDRF Ride to Cure.
“I hope to apply to and start working at a business local to whatever city I end up in and continue expanding my knowledge and skills while providing a valuable service,” commented Myers. “My biggest interest is cybersecurity.”
Myers’ selection as a “student of distinction” by the NDSU Computer Science Department places him in good company – it is an honor bestowed on only 15 of the department’s approximately 600 students.
“Students of distinction – like Eric Myers – are selected for going above and beyond typical students. In Eric’s case, he was selected due to his programming competition wins; however, as we learned more about him, it became clear that he was a true student leader in many areas,” commented NDSU Computer Science Assistant Professor Jeremy Straub, who manages the student awards program. “Distinguished students are recognized by their peers and instructors as student leaders – in a variety of areas – and this award serves to acknowledge their accomplishments.”
Myers is enjoying his time so far at NDSU. He has found the campus as being big enough to provide the resources that he needs, but also small enough to allow him to meet and make friends with other students his age.
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.