Three Saint Louis University students -- Connor Montgomery, Michael Schade and Emily Shoemaker - have been awarded the 2011 Management Information Systems (MIS) scholarship by the Society for Information Management (SIM).
Montgomery and Schade, computer science majors in the College of Arts and Sciences, and Shoemaker, a business administration major at the John Cook School of Business, each received $2,000 awards for use toward their educational expenses and were honored at the 2011 Gateway to Innovation conference at the Chase Park Plaza hotel.
The SIM scholarships are designed to promote growth and interest in the information technology industry and assist students pursuing studies in MIS.
Students from six area universities - SLU, Washington University, the University of Missouri St. Louis, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla and Southeast Missouri State University -- pursuing a computer science, computer networking or MIS-related degree were eligible for the competitive scholarship.
Fred Niederman, Ph.D., Shaughnessy Endowed Professor of Management Information Systems and SIM scholarship committee member; Michael Goldwasser, Ph.D., director of computer science; and Kevin Scannell, Ph.D.; served as advisers for the scholarship applicants.
About the SIM Scholarship Winners
Connor Montgomery is a sophomore at Saint Louis University, pursuing a degree in computer science, with an information technology management certificate. While he's had a passion for technology his whole life, Montgomery knew he wanted to be in the IT/software development field when he started his first web design and development business in 8th grade. Since then, he's been infatuated with IT, and more specifically, the web. He's learned to love the ongoing challenge of this ever-changing field. At any time of the day (or night), you can see him perusing through his Google Reader subscriptions or Hacker News with haste, programming, or trying to explain to his friends why they should use Google Chrome over Internet Explorer. He hopes to gain more experience at a large software/IT company, then utilize that experience and create his own successful startup.
Michael Schade is an entrepreneur and freshman at Saint Louis University. Growing up, he worked in his parents' home-based business. While in elementary school, he helped setup and teach about computers, and by age 13 began technological consultation with an insurance company. In a PHP IRC channel, he discovered his love for programming after contracting to rewrite the backend of a website. At 14, he co-founded Spearhead Development with his mother. Often, he was called upon for computer repair and as computer purchasing agent. Realizing the need, he broadened his scope in order to spearhead the technological advancement of local businesses. Speaking at a local programmer meet-up, he met with professor Scannell and they quickly created Accentuate.us. Additionally, he is developing a stealthy startup which will bring the spotlight to St. Louis' technological prowess and foster the beginnings of a new "Silicon Valley."
Emily Shoemaker is currently a junior at Saint Louis University, where she is pursuing a degree in business administration, with concentrations in information technology management and international business. At SLU, Emily is a member of the honors program and Beta Gamma Sigma, the business honors society. She serves as vice president of events for SLU's chapter of the American Marketing Association, and also is secretary for SLU's chapter of Alpha Kappa Epsilon, the international business honors society. During the summer of 2010, she worked as an information systems intern at Totall Metal Recycling, Inc. Shoemaker recently returned from a semester studying abroad in China, and hopes to live and work overseas at some point in her future career.
About the Society for Information Management
The Society for Information Management (SIM) is a not-for-profit organization of information technology experts, including CIO's, CTO's and emerging IT leaders, as well as key professionals within the IT community, such as academicians and consultants. SIM's mission is to support IT leaders in the greater St. Louis area by increasing the knowledge base of members, giving back to local communities, increasing awareness on issues of importance to our local community, developing the next generation of effective IT leaders and establishing a forum to bring together IT professionals across industries.