NNU computer science student Timothy McDonald, a junior from Cove, Ore., recently received a scholarship from the Boise chapter of ISACA, which is an international non-profit organization for IT and information systems professionals. ISACA engages in the development, adoption and use of globally accepted, industry-leading knowledge and practices for information systems.
“The Boise chapter is dedicated to serving ISACA members with outstanding educational and networking opportunities. We are also committed to supporting the academic community within our region by promoting our events to students and offering our annual scholarship,” says chapter president Daniel DeCloss.
Timothy is grateful for the honor noting that every opportunity like this helps ease the burden of educational expenses. “It feels really good and is a bit humbling that out of all the people that must have applied for this award, I was chosen as the best applicant,” he says.
DeCloss continues, “Each year the Boise chapter awards a scholarship to a student who is studying in the fields of accounting, information technology/systems, IT audit or computer science. Tim stood out as our candidate based on his success in the classroom as well as in the community.”
Timothy has spent his summer in the lab conducting research in the area of bioinformatics through a grant from the INBRE program. “My research specifically was in a certain type of genetic element called LINE1′s and the effect they had on certain genes that affect a type of gluten sensitivity,” he explains.
NNU Professor of Computer Science Dr. Barry Myers is Timothy’s summer research mentor. He comments on the ISACA award, “This is a competitive award and quite an honor.” Myers also shares that Timothy will be presenting findings from his summer research at the Idaho Conference on Undergraduate Research at the end of this month.
Although he is not certain what direction he will take after graduation, Timothy finds this scholarship a great encouragement. “I want to enter the software engineering field, but there are so many different types of software engineering and companies that do it that I’m not exactly sure what I want to do.”