Bottorff Wins Caroliniana Leadership Award

We are happy to announce that Maribeth Bottorff has received the Caroliniana Leadership Award. This award recognizes senior undergraduate students who have been the tireless, behind the scene workers that every successful activity or organization needs. They are leaders through their actions and contributions to the Carolina community. Maribeth is a Computer Science major with a minor in Chemistry and has made significant contributions to the Women in Computing Group, the CSE Student Advisory Council, and the Grace Hopper Conference trip. She will receive her Bachelor's degree this semester and has accepted a job at Google.

Bio:

Maribeth is a Computer Science major with a minor in Chemistry and is truly an outstanding student. She has been very active representing the university and mentoring younger female students. She was a founding member of the Women in Computing Group where she served as Vice President and then Co-President. She was instrumental in forming the CSE Student Advisory Council and having a suggestion box added to our website. She has made many suggestions for improving the educational experience for our students.

She led a group of 17 students to the Grace Hopper Conference, celebrating the contributions of women to the computing field. Attendees were inspired by hearing from female CIOs and other leaders in the field. Top companies like Apple, Google, and Microsoft were there to meet and interview attendees. With her outstanding credentials, Maribeth recently landed a job at Google.

Her “Ward One” project for her Critical Interactives course is an IPhone app that makes history come to life for the current residents of Ward One. By combining stories from previous residents, current and historical views of the area, it hopes to engender empathy, compassion, and critical discussions about the role urban renewal has played in our city’s history. She presented this to the residents of Ward One, at the SEC Academic Conference, and at the Carolina Women in Computing Conference. She will be presenting at Discovery Day in April and graduating with Leadership Distinction. Her leadership will be sorely missed by me personally and the department in general. She has been truly outstanding, a once in a decade student.

She will receive her Bachelor's degree this semester and has accepted a job at Google.