Sowers named computer science student marshal for spring commencement


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The department of computer science and engineering has named Rosalie Sowers, a dual computer science and biochemistry and molecular biology major, as the student marshal for computer science. 

Sowers has selected Yanling Wang, lecturer of computer science and engineering, as her faculty escort.

College of Engineering marshals are selected for their outstanding academic achievement and contributions to engineering student life.

Sowers, a 2015 State College Area High School graduate, was the recipient of the Barry Goldwater Scholarship Award and the Evan Pugh Scholar Senior Award. She also received several scholarships, including the Braddock Scholarship, the Kevin Daniel Gilmore Memorial Scholarship, the HRB Systems Scholarship and the Lockheed Martin Corporation Scholarship.

As a Schreyer Honors College student, Sowers completed an honors thesis entitled “Structural Analysis of the Mixed Lineage Leukemia 3 (MLL3) Histone Methyltransferase Complex.” In addition to the research conducted for her thesis, Sowers worked on a research project at Michigan State University, where she processed genomics datasets and developed machine learning models to predict the functionality of intergenic regions of the Arabidopsis thaliana genome.

Sowers held multiple internship positions during her time as a Penn State student. She worked as an engineering practicum intern at Google, where she integrated a new feature into the Youtube search backend. She also worked as a software engineering intern at Knewton, where she refactored a content management system to support new content types. Most recently, she was a teaching intern at Penn State, a duty that involved holding office hours and leading exam review sessions for the Introduction to Systems Programming course.

Sowers was a member of the Association of Women in Computing and has participated in Penn State Alternative Breaks since 2016, serving as a trip leader in 2018.

After graduation, she will attend Stanford University for a PhD in Biomedical Informatics.

The 2019 spring commencement ceremony will take place on May 3.


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