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The mission of the STARS (Students & Technology in Academia, Research & Service) Alliance is to increase the participation of women, under-represented minorities, and persons with disabilities in computing disciplines through multi-faceted interventions. The interventions focus on the influx and progression of students from middle school through graduate school in programs that lead to computing careers. The Alliance is organized as a national constellation of regional stars that include research universities, minority and womens universities and colleges, K-12 educators, industry, professional organizations, and community groups. Stars implement best practices interventions with an integrated focus to:

  • Recruit and retain under-represented populations in post-secondary computing programs and increase awareness of computing disciplines and careers. Bridge student readiness for computing and increase the number of undergraduates who enter computing graduate school or the workforce.
  • Advance assistant professors by increasing faculty peer and mentor support for research, teaching, and managing service.
  • Sustain and institutionalize effective BPC practices at alliance institutions.
  • Disseminate and increase national awareness of effective BPC practices.

Prospective Students

If you are interested in learning more about what Student Life is like here in the School of Informatics and Computing be sure to check out our ambassador blogging site. Here you can read about how students look for internships, how they decide what classes to take, and many more topics.

Current Students

Show Your School Spirit: Be an Ambassador

Web sites are great, but for the real scoop on what it is like at a school, everyone knows you have to talk to students. Our undergraduate ambassadors give their take on our school to high schoolers, parents, and current IU students. They mentor new students, host visiting students, and attend recruiting and open house events all while building the communication and leadership skills that employers love. If you are interested in becoming an ambassador, contact Nancy Lemons, Director of Undergraduate Recruiting and Advising at nlemons@indiana.edu or (812) 855-8625.

Below are the current school ambassadors. If you have any questions or want to learn more about their majors, minors, specializations, or cognates be sure to send them an email.


Name Contact Academics
Christian Achgill

Christian Achgill

Junior

cachgill [at] indiana.edu

  • Major: Computer Science, Cognitive Science
  • Specialization: Artificial Intelligence
Benjamin Brodsky

Benjamin Brodsky

Sophomore

bsbrodsk [at] indiana.edu

  • Major: Informatics
  • Cognate: Business
  • Minor: Business, Computer Science, Security
Megan Bruns

Megan Bruns

Junior

masbruns [at] indiana.edu

  • Major: Informatics
  • Cognate: Graphic Design
  • Minor: Human Centered Computing
Julie Byers

Julie Byers

Senior

byersjul [at] indiana.edu

  • Major: Computer Science
  • Specialization: Artificial Intelligence
  • Minor: Studio Arts, Slavic Languages, Literature - Russian
Joshua Cox

Joshua Cox

Junior

joshcox [at] indiana.edu

  • Major: Computer Science
  • Specialization: Systems
  • Minor: Mathematics
Andrew Denta

Andrew Denta

Freshman

adenta [at] indiana.edu

  • Major: Informatics
  • Cognate: Business
  • Minor: Business, Computer Science
Geralyn Dierfeldt

Geralyn Dierfeldt

Junior

gbdierfe [at] indiana.edu

  • Major: Computer Science, German
  • Specialization: Systems
Michael Dobson

Michael Dobson

Senior

mjdobson [at] indiana.edu

  • Major: Informatics
  • Cognate: Business, Information Technology
Rachel Dolgov

Rachel Dolgov

Junior

rdolgov [at] indiana.edu

  • Major: Informatics
  • Cognate: Telecommunications, Marketing
  • Minor: Telecommunications, Marketing
Kendall Ebley

Kendall Ebley

Sophomore

kebley [at] indiana.edu

  • Major: Computer Science
  • Specialization: Artificial Intelligence
  • Minor: History, Mathematics
Jenna Elkins

Jenna Elkins

Junior

jeelkins [at] indiana.edu

  • Major: Informatics
  • Cognate: Human Centered Computing
  • Minor: Marketing, Information Technology
Tristan Englert

Tristan Englert

Freshman

tdengler [at] indiana.edu

  • Major: Informatics
  • Cognate: Business
Adam Friedman

Adam Friedman

Sophomore

adamfrie [at] indiana.edu

  • Major: Informatics
  • Cognate: Telecommunications
  • Minor: Telecommunications
Steven Gehrig

Steven Gehrig

Junior

smgehrig [at] indiana.edu

  • Major: Computer Science
  • Specialization: Systems
  • Minor: Mathematics, Security
Corey Hafner

Corey Hafner

Junior

chafner [at] indiana.edu

  • Major: Computer Science
  • Specialization: Programming Languages
Ashley Hammel

Ashley Hammel

Freshman

hammela [at] indiana.edu

  • Major: Informatics
  • Cognate: Business
  • Minor: Business, Economics, Security
Morgan Hine

Morgan Hine

Junior

mshine [at] indiana.edu

  • Major: Informatics
  • Cognate: Business
  • Minor: Business, Marketing
Caitlin James

Caitlin James

Junior

caitjame [at] indiana.edu

  • Major: Informatics
  • Cognate: Business
  • Minor: Business, Entrepreneurship, Information Technology
Lacey Krum

Lacy Krum

Sophomore

ljkrum [at] indiana.edu

  • Major: Informatics
  • Cognate: Business
  • Minor: Business, Marketing
SangHwa (David) Lee

SangHwa (David) Lee

Junior

lee694 [at] indiana.edu

  • Major: Computer Science, Mathematics
  • Specialization: Data and Search
  • Minor: Business
James Legget

James Legget

Senior

jelegget [at] indiana.edu

  • Major: Informatics
  • Cognate: Human Centered Computing
  • Minor: Computer Science, Security
Alex Li

Alex Li

Junior

alexli [at] indiana.edu

  • Major: Informatics
  • Cognate: Security
  • Minor: Computer Science
Logan Marguilis

Logan Margulis

Senior

lmarguli [at] indiana.edu

  • Major: Informatics
  • Cognate: Business
  • Minor: Business and Hebrew
Patrick Ostrom

Patrick Ostrom

Senior

ptostrom [at] indiana.edu

  • Major: Informatics
  • Cognate: Business
  • Minor: Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
Simon Quinkert

Simon Quinkert

Senior

squinker [at] indiana.edu

  • Major: Informatics
  • Cognate: Business
  • Minor: Mathematics, Computer Science, Business
Austin Schiffer

Austin Schiffer

Sophomore

apschiff [at] indiana.edu

  • Major: Informatics, Pre-Med
  • Cognate: Chemistry, Biology
  • Minor: Computer Science
Katrina Schreiber

Katrina Schreiber

Junior

katschre [at] indiana.edu

  • Major: Informatics
  • Cognate: Journalism
Rachel Shinn

Rachel Shinn

Junior

reshinn [at] indiana.edu

  • Major: Informatics
  • Cognate: Business
  • Minor: Business
Adam Sobol

Adam Sobol

Junior

agsobol [at] indiana.edu

  • Major: Informatics
  • Cognate: Business
  • Minor: Business
Shelby Stephens

Shelby Stephens

Sophomore

sheestep [at] indiana.edu

  • Major: Informatics
  • Cognate: Human Centered Computing
anne-tally

Anne Tally

Junior

actally [at] indiana.edu

  • Major:  Informatics, Linguistics
  • Cognate:  Linguistics
  • Minor: Norwegian