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Dana Smith

College: Borough of Manhattan Community College
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Outstanding Student

Dana Smith (BMCC, A.A.S, 2012), a computer network technology major, recently worked on a research project through the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation program that focused on the electronic exchange of patient medical records. And this semester, Smith was one of eight CUNY students - and the only one from BMCC - selected to present her findings at a conference at the University of Puerto Rico.

Smith made "key contributions to the project," said her research advisor, Professor Ching-Song Wei of the BMCC Computer Information Systems Department. By putting in 10 to 20 hours a week, he said, "she managed her time exceptionally well, met every deadline and delivered consistently high-quality work."

Smith is also an honors student and a member of BMCC's Out in Two scholarship program, which emphasizes academic excellence and community service. Smith has helped out at the Food Bank of New York and been part of BMCC's Each One Reach One program, which pairs academically challenged students with peer mentors.

"I meet with my mentee every week to talk about her schoolwork as well as other aspects of her life," says Smith.

She credits her success to the support she's had from BMCC. "I've always loved computers, but I never knew which area I ultimately wanted to study," she says. "Working with Doctor Wei has helped me realize that my real passion is computer science and research."

After graduating from BMCC, she looks forward to pursuing bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in computer science.