FSC students selected for prestigious software research project
LAKELAND, Fla. (April 25, 2006) — Three computer science students at Florida Southern College were selected to participate in a summer internship on the FSC campus to test classification software for researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa.
“These are some of our top students, and this is a prestigious opportunity for them to work at what is typically a graduate school level,” said Susan Serrano, associate professor of mathematics at FSC. “This internship is an example of the excellent opportunities for advanced learning and undergraduate research mentorship available at small programs like ours.”
The following students were selected by their professors to participate: Christina Parks, a senior from Nassau, Bahamas; Kassandrea Staats, a senior from Lakeland, Fla.; and Kristin Alfero, a junior from Valhalla, N.Y. Parks and Staats will perform the initial research, and Alfero will conduct follow-up analyses in June. The students will work with Serrano and Gwen Walton, senior member of the technical staff in the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon.
The students’ work will support Carnegie Mellon research to automatically analyze and classify malicious software (viruses, worms, etc). The students will develop and test software and will perform experiments to determine the effectiveness of new analysis and classification methods. At the end of the project, they will prepare a technical presentation for the Carnegie Mellon research team.
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