Three Graduating Computer Science Majors Honored as Senior Marshals

Program recognizes students for academic, extracurricular and personal accomplishments. 
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With flags waving at the University of Maryland’s Campuswide Commencement Ceremony on May 23, 2023, 80 stellar students led graduating Terps into commencement—including three students majoring in computer science and one minoring in computer science.

The senior marshals, who carry the banners for schools, colleges and departments, are August 2022, December 2022 and May 2023 graduates who have stood out during their time at UMD for academic excellence, service to the university community, noteworthy extracurriculars and good character.

“It is a joy and honor to lead the commencement procession with such terrific student leaders,” said Marsha Guenzler-Stevens, director of the Adele H. Stamp Student Union, who oversees the senior marshals program along with Robert Infantino, associate dean for undergraduate education in the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences. “We feel honored to work with the student marshals at this pivotal moment in their University of Maryland journey.”

Sam Bai (majors: computer science, mathematics; minor: Asian American studies) served as internal vice president and co-historian of the Taiwanese American Student Association, vice president and secretary of TerpWushu, operations and executive organizer for Technica, and teaching outreach ambassador for the Iribe Initiative for Inclusion and Diversity in Computing. He also served as a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society, a peer mentor for the First-Year Innovation and Research Experience program, and a peer academic leader for the University Honors program in the Honors College. Bai collaborated with the Asian American Student Union to promote advocacy and awareness within the APIDA community. Following graduation, in addition to taking a position as a software engineer at Capital One, he hopes to continue working with underrepresented groups in tech and minority communities in his spare time.

Shivasree Margam (major: computer science; minor: innovation and entrepreneurship) served as president of the Hindu Students’ Council, peer adviser for the computer science department, computing instructor for the Iribe Initiative for Inclusion and Diversity in Computing, peer research mentor for the First-Year Innovation and Research Experience (FIRE), mentor developer of BitView, logistics organizer for Bitcamp and member of Alpha Omega Epsilon. Following graduation, she will work at Amazon Web Services.

Amber Wang (major: computer science; minor: business analytics; certificate: women, gender, and sexuality studies) was a teaching assistant for three courses, a guided study sessions leader for two math courses, and an intern for the Student Legal Aid Office. She served as president of Maryland Mock Trial, on the board of the Taiwanese American Student Association and the Omicron Delta Kappa national leadership honor society, and as an experience organizer for Technica, the world’s largest hackathon for underrepresented genders in technology. After graduation, she’ll move to Washington state to work as a software engineer for Microsoft.

Argen Gian Detoito (major: physics; minor: computer science) was a member of the Student Government Association’s First Year Council, co-treasurer of the Filipino Cultural Association, secretary of the Undergraduate Quantum Association and a member of the Sigma Pi Sigma honor society. He was also involved in research with the First-Year Innovation and Research Experience (FIRE) Simulating Particle Detection stream, UMD’s Department of Physics and the High-Energy Astrophysics group at Caltech. After graduating, Detoito will pursue a Ph.D. in physics with hopes of becoming an academic or government researcher.

-Story by the College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Science

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