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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 27, 2003
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Kean Grad Awarded Research Assistantship for Ph.D. in Computer Science

UNION, N.J. – Heike Sichtig, a 2003 graduate of Kean University with a Master of Science degree in computing, statistics and mathematics, has been awarded a research assistantship to complete her Ph.D. in computer science at the University of Hawaii in Manoa.

A native of Germany, Sichtig, who also earned her Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from Kean in 2002, had originally enrolled at Kean as an international-business major. Prior to that, her lone introduction to computers came courtesy of her father, but they left her uninterested. Later, however, Sichtig became increasingly drawn to the challenging and fascinating computer-science courses offered at the University. "There were many occassions I would stay up all night just to complete an assignment," Sichtig said. "But I didn’t want to go to sleep; the work was fun."

After setting her sights on a bachelor’s degree in computer science, Sichtig honed her craft even further in Kean’s Technical Institute for Professionals (TIPS) lab, now housed in Kean’s Center for Instructional Research and Technology. Under the expert guidance of Kean faculty members, Sichtig learned an array of cyberskills, such as designing Web pages and developing college courses online for distance learning. "It was amazing; I was bombarded with all of this technology," Sichtig said. "I got to see for the first time what tasks you could accomplish on a computer."