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October 26, 2010

Ph.D. Student Spends Fall Break On Recruitment Mission

Some students spend their Fall Break on a beach trip, while some use the opportunity to return home for some much needed R&R. NC State Ph.D. student Rogelio E. Cardona-Rivera spent part of his Fall Break at his alma mater, the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez (UPRM), recruiting students for the NC State Department of Computer Science.

On October 7th, a standing room only crowd of about 45 eager Puerto Rican undergraduate students welcomed Cardona-Rivera back to UPRM’s Colleges of Engineering and Business to learn about opportunities to pursue graduate studies related to gaming at NC State.
Cardona-Rivera, a UPRM alumnus who organized the event, is currently a member of the Digital Games Research Center, working with Dr. R. Michael Young. "I saw it as an opportunity to both disseminate information about research at NC State and encourage undergraduates back home to pursue graduate studies in something I know interests a lot of students at UPRM." Dr. Nayda Santiago, assistant professor in Computer Engineering at UPRM and faculty host, commented on her perception of the effectiveness of the event: "I believe Rogelio accomplished his goal of interesting them in the area and more importantly in graduate school in general. There was noticeable interest in games research."
Dr. Douglas Reeves, Director of Graduate Programs in the NC State Computer Science Department, also demonstrated his enthusiasm with the event: "I am thrilled Rogelio organized this event. We would love to welcome more students from the University of Puerto Rico who are willing to come and contribute to our department's mission to create and disseminate knowledge through a community focused on research and education."
For more information on the College of Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez (UPRM), click here.
For more information on the Digital Games Research Center at NC State, click here.
For more information on Cardona-Rivera, click here.


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