Samantha Ingersoll didn’t have to give much thought to where she wanted to go to college. Having had multiple family members who attended the North Dakota State University, she already knew a lot about campus.
“I only applied to NDSU. NDSU was the only place I wanted to go,” Ingersoll said. “It has introduced me to so many new people and has opened many doors for me.”
Ingersoll, who plans to graduate in December 2018, is primarily interested in software engineering. She’s also passionate about robotics and is involved in Bison Robotics, the student robotics club on campus, which she says has been a major contributor to her success.
In recognition of this success, Ingersoll has been selected as a “student of distinction” by the NDSU Computer Science Department. This is an honor bestowed on only 15 of the department’s approximately 600 students.
“Students of distinction – like Samantha Ingersoll – are selected for going above and beyond typical students,” 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.”
Ingersoll’s academic success and intellectual capabilities have also been recognized by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, which selected her for an internship at the Armstrong Flight Research Center, located on the Edwards Air Force Base in California. There, she was able to gain first-hand experience in aeronautics research. NASA internships are – as one would expect – highly competitive and securing one can be a ‘foot in the door’ to future employment at the agency and other aerospace firms.
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.