Delegate of the Week

Mary Kudoadzi      
University of Denver

Since she was a young girl, Mary Kudoadzi has had an aptitude for mathematics and a passion for learning. She attributes her interest in the STEM fields to her father, who immigrated to the United States from Ghana to work as a statistician for the U.S. Government. By sharing his love for math, he inspired Mary’s interest in the field, which led her to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science at the University of Denver (DU). She remarks, “I like to think I was always destined for STEM. It was just a matter of figuring out what field.”

During her first semester at DU, Mary began working as a Facilitator at the university’s Innovation Space. This position allowed her to work with 3D printers and laser engravers to develop tangible prototypes of students’ designs. The following year, she took on a similar role at the DU Rick’s Center for Gifted Children, this time introducing 3D modeling and printing concepts to elementary school children.

In addition to her work at the university, Mary has logged nearly 200 volunteer hours in her local community of Denver, Colorado. Through her involvement, she has worked with the Ronald McDonald House Foundation, the Youth Tennis Program, Feeding the Homeless with Denver, the STEM Equity Program for DPS Middle School, and various other outreach programs.

Recently, Mary completed a 2019 Summer Internship at the National Science Foundation (NSF), where she researched diversity and inclusion in the STEM fields. During her time at the NSF, Mary met several STEM professionals who were both female and African American. Inspired by the diversity she found within the program, she notes, “This experience opened my mind to all that I can do with my degree.”

While interning at NSF, Mary attended the CAHSI (Computing Alliance of Hispanic-Serving Institutions) NSF Community Workshop where she discovered Great Minds in STEM (GMiS), its programs, and student offerings. She was excited to be selected as a Delegate for the 2019 GMiS Conference. At the Conference, she had the opportunity to meet with STEM professionals from across the country, which provided her with valuable networking experience.

Currently, Mary is working with her colleagues at DU to develop STEM programs for local middle schools. Hoping to introduce more minority students to the STEM fields, she explains, “As an underrepresented student in STEM, I have learned the importance of mentorship and representation.” Mary’s dedication and involvement in her community have distinguished her as an exemplary role model for others, and GMiS proudly recognizes her as Delegate of the Week.

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