“I’m very fortunate,” said Dustyn Tubbs, set to begin in August at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, recently ranked by U.S. News as one of the five best schools in the nation for graduate-level computer science programs. “It’s a great opportunity.”
Tubbs earned a teaching assistantship that will pay his entire tuition.
Tubbs said he might have missed the opportunity if he hadn’t attended SVSU, where he recently received his bachelor’s degree in computer science in May.
“A lot of the successes had to do with having very good relationships with faculty members, who are there for you, for professional issues and personal issues,” he said.
“At SVSU, you are afforded opportunities to perform professional research, and that helped me a lot. To be able to say I had research experience as an undergraduate student makes me a unique applicant to a lot of institutions with graduate programs.”
One of those opportunities teamed him with Khandaker Rahman, SVSU assistant professor of computer science & information systems. Through a grant with the Michigan Space Grant Consortium, the pair researched facial recognition technology in smartphones.