Bragging Rights: Student Wins BrainTrack Scholarship

Posted: June 16, 2010 at 1:02 am, Last Updated: June 15, 2010 at 8:33 pm

Paul Otten. Photo courtesy of Paul Otten

Junior Paul Otten, a computer science major, recently was awarded a $1,000 first-place scholarship for his entry in an essay contest on, a worldwide university and college directory.

The challenge for the essay was to provide useful information for potential computer science degree students.

According to a news release from BrainTrack, “Our Computer Science Degree Scholarship program results in essays that we are publishing as student stories,” said David Siegel, vice president of operations with BrainTrack’s publisher, Futuremeld LLC.

“The collection of these stories gives those considering computer science degrees and careers the valuable experiences of current students to draw upon. The winners were based on the creativity and usefulness of their essays.”

In his winning essay, Otten encouraged prospective students to research every class required for a computer science degree, including the objectives for each class.

He wrote, “As I looked at each course, I was able to see all of the professors that taught the course. Upon further research, I was able to look at some of the papers that the professors had published and at some of the projects that they were working on in their fields. This was very interesting because I was able to see that I was being taught by computer scientists who were studying the latest discoveries in computer science….”

Otten’s complete essay is online.

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