Elbadrawy Selected as an Honorable Mention of the 2017 NCWIT Collegiate Award
Ph.D. candidate Asmaa Elbadrawy has been selected as an honorable mention of the 2017 National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Collegiate Award. The award honors the outstanding technical accomplishments of collegiate women at all levels and recognizes technical projects that demonstrate a high level of creativity and potential impact.
Elbadrawy was selected for her project submission “Domain-Aware Grade Prediction and Top-N Course Recommendation,” which is an automated course recommendation systems that helps students find relevant courses based on what they have already taken. It can also predict grades student might receive in these courses, which will allow students to make better informed decisions about their enrollment. For example, if a student uses Elbadrawy’s course-predictor system and sees that the outcome for a specific course would be poor, the student could postpone enrollment and take another course that has a higher chance of success and is relevant to his or her studies. Down the road, this system could help reduce the time it takes students to graduate, while also reducing student loans and drop-out rates.
Much of the inspiration for the project came from Elbadrawy’s interests in education and computer technology and her previous experience with advanced recommender technology, which is widely used on websites like Amazon and Facebook. Recommender systems recommend relevant content to users, so Elbadrawy explored the idea of modifying these systems in order to recommend courses to students and predict student grades by leveraging information about course subjects, student majors, and student academic levels.
Elbadawy will receive the award at the NCWIT Summit on Women and IT in late May. To see a complete list of recipients of the award, visit NCWIT’s Aspirations in Computing website. For more information about this project you can read the paper or watch Elbadawy present a summary of the project.
Please join CS&E in extending our congratulations to Asmaa Elbadrawy.