Gersting receives UH Regents’ Excellence in Teaching Award

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Date: Thursday, May 18, 2006
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

Dr. Judith L. Gersting, professor of computer science and chair of the computer science department at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, received the UH Board of Regents’ Excellence in Teaching Award. The prestigious award was presented at the Spring 2006 Commencement ceremony held May 13 at the Edith Kanaka‘ole Tennis Stadium in Hilo.

“I am very honored by this award,” Gersting said. “Teaching is my first love; my goal is to help each student be successful in the demanding courses in the computer science curriculum. To receive recognition from fellow faculty and from students is very special.”

Under Gersting’s leadership of the Computer Science Department, UH Hilo junior computer science majors who took the Major Field Achievement Test in Spring 2005 scored an overall mean score of 172, placing the University in the 90th percentile of student scores used by the Educational Testing Service as the national normative data. It also places the University in the 95th percentile of the 177 institutional scores making up the national norm. She is also the author or co-author of three current college-level computer science textbooks.

“Judy is extremely deserving of the award,” said Chancellor Rose Tseng. “Under her direction, UH Hilo’s Computer Science Department has become recognized as one of the very best at the national level. The successes of our Computer Science Department and the quality of education our students receive have made our Computer Science graduates highly sought after for positions in both the public and private sectors.”

Gersting, who has been at UH Hilo since 1990, is also the recipient of the UH Hilo Excellence in Service Award in 1999 and the UH Hilo Advising/Mentoring Award in 2003.

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