Hiram College

On Saturday, February 19, 2011, two Hiram College computer science students were recognized for their research this weekend at the Ohio Celebration of Women in Computing, held at the Mohican Resort and Conference Center in southern Ashland County.

Shanti Bramhacharya ’11 tied for first place for her poster, “A Computational Clustering Approach to Studying Metagenomics”, and  Elizabeth Ellis ’11 won honorable mention for her poster, “Improving the Purity of Clustering Algorithms by Modifying a Distance Metric.”

Shanti Bramhacharya ’11 (left) and Elizabeth Ellis ’11 (right) with their posters.

Both posters were advised by Louis Oliphant, assistant professor of computer science. Ellis’ project was a summer research project related to Oliphant’s prior work with breast cancer diagnosis.  Bramhacharya’s project began as an Integrated Research Component in Bioinformatics and was continued over the summer. Her prize includes a trip to the international Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, which will be held in Portland, OR in November 2011.

Also attending the conference were Sulochana Bramhacharya ’13, Luana Correia ’14, Rachael Purta ’12, Caitlyn Tatar ’13, Professor Louis Oliphant, and Professor of computer science Ellen Walker.

Walker chaired the conference in 2009, and served on the committee for this conference as Past Chair.  More information about the conference can be found at www.ocwic.org.