November 11, 2022
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Noel Alfredo Rojas Galviz of Valdosta, Georgia is the recipient of the Fall 2022 President’s Award for Academic Excellence from the College of Science and Mathematics at Valdosta State University. He graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, a Bachelor of Science in Computer Systems, and a minor in Applied Statistics. He previously earned an Associate of Arts from VSU in 2020.
VALDOSTA — Noel Alfredo Rojas Galviz of Valdosta, Georgia is the recipient of the Fall 2022 President’s Award for Academic Excellence from the College of Science and Mathematics at Valdosta State University.
The President’s Award for Academic Excellence is awarded to a high-achieving graduate student at each of VSU’s six colleges – Harley Langdale Jr. College of Business Administration, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, College of the Arts, James L. and Dorothy H. Dewar College of Education and Human Services, College of Humanities and Social Sciences and College of Science and Mathematics.
Rojas will be recognized at VSU’s 234e Starts at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 10 on the front lawn. He will graduate summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, a Bachelor of Science in Computer Systems, and a minor in Applied Statistics. He previously earned an Associate of Arts from VSU in 2020.
“I was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, but I worked hard to learn English and come to the United States,” he said. “When I decided to enter university here, I knew I wanted to excel, but I had no idea that I was going to succeed and deserve such a great honor. It means the world to me because my family, especially my mom and dad, can see their son living his American dream and being proud of me. Unfortunately they are not in the United States, but I know they are proud and will be even more so when they see all of this happening through technology. I am so grateful for the experiences VSU has given me and the people I have met. If young Noel could see where adult Noel is now, he’d jump at the first chance to start it all.
As a student committed to academic, research, and service excellence, Rojas has taken full advantage of the experiential and exploratory learning opportunities available at VSU. It won first place in the 2021 Hackathon, an annual software development competition hosted by the Department of Computing and Azalea Health. He has worked as an on-campus computer tutor and as a volunteer website developer for Habitat for Humanity.
Through research, Rojas created new knowledge, which he shared at local and national conferences. He presented “COVID-19 Respiratory Viruses, Cell Surface Molecules, and You” at the VSU 2021 Undergraduate Research Symposium and shared his work developing jGrader, a tool to automate assignment grading, at Georgia Academy of Science 2021.
Rojas was a founding member of Alpha Epsilon Kappa, an off-campus fraternity that grew into a non-mainstream student group on campus. He earned repeated spots on the Dean’s List.
During the summer of 2022, Rojas completed a software engineering internship at Earnest.
“I am delighted to announce that I have accepted a full-time position as a full stack software engineer for Earnest,” he said. “So my plans for now are to continue working with them. I also plan to pursue a master’s degree in machine learning, DevOps, software engineering or web development. My career goals are broad. I will continue to learn new skills and to shape my current skills in order to stay informed and up to date on the evolution of technologies and languages in the field of computer science.I am also working towards obtaining the status of senior software engineer within a large company in the next three years.
His supporting family includes wife Jessica Vaquerano Rojas, father Noel José Rojas Garcia, mother Josefa Marina de Rojas, siblings, mother-in-law, sister-in-law, and dogs Cosmos Aldebaran Rojas and Comet Rojas.
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