Computer Science Majors Win Awards at GSURC 2021

Posted On April 29, 2021

Computer science majors Jonathan Laurent and Bronson Tharpe won awards at the 2021 Georgia State Undergraduate Research Conference (GSURC), which took place on April 14–15 as a virtual event. The conference, which has been an annual tradition for 15 years, featured 150 student research and creative projects in 35 academic disciplines. Several types of student presentations were judged, including artistic and film displays, musical performances, oral presentations, and posters. Oral and poster presentations were divided into four categories: natural and computational sciences, social and behavioral sciences, fine arts and humanities, and applied research and entrepreneurship.

Jonathan and Bronson dominated the applied research and entrepreneurship category, winning both awards for oral presentations. Jonathan won first place for his presentation titled “How COVID-19 has Changed the Products on Dark Web Markets.” His faculty sponsor was assistant professor Marie Ouellet of the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology. Bronson Tharpe won second place for “The Artificial Wide Receiver: An Exploration in the Future of Athletic Training.” His sponsors were associate professor Anu Bourgeois and assistant professor Ashwin Ashok.

Dr. Ashok was also a winner at GSURC, receiving the Faculty Award for Undergraduate Project or Laboratory-Based Research. He was one of three Georgia State faculty members honored for their commitment to mentoring and supporting undergraduate students in their research and scholarship endeavors. Over the past five years, Dr. Ashok has mentored 37 undergraduate students, twenty of whom have presented at GSURC.