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Outstanding Students of the Year

The Department of Computing Sciences Outstanding Students were recognized at Honors Convocation.  The Honors Convocation is a singular occasion for the faculty's recognition of outstanding academic achievement by our students and colleagues. To emphasize the academic significance of this occasion, recognitions are limited to the academic awards, HTC Honors College graduates, acknowledgement of Dyer Fellows, Jackson Scholars, Swain Scholars, Teaching Fellows and Wall Fellows, the Distinguished Student Award, the Distinguished Professor of the Year Award and the Undergraduate Research Competition Awards.

Santee Cooper Master of Science in Information Systems Technology

Kenneth Rabon was born and raised in Conway, S.C. He will graduate with his Master of Science degree in Information Systems Technology in 2021. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science at Coastal Carolina University in 2016. He earned a spot on the Dean’s and President’s honor lists as an undergraduate student. Rabon also worked as a computer science tutor at the university while pursuing his bachelor of science and was a member of Upsilon Pi Epsilon Honor Society. Rabon has worked as a Programmer Analyst at Grand Strand Water & Sewer Authority since graduating with his bachelor of science and throughout the Master’s degree program. He plans to continue to work in the technology field post-graduation and explore other graduate programs. 

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science 

Gavin Bailey had always known that he wanted to get into the computer science field ever since he was little. Being from Myrtle Beach, SC, pursing a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science at Coastal Carolina was an obvious choice. His work ethic and dedication to knowledge is reflected in his spot on the President’s List after each of his eight semesters. For the last two years of his undergraduate career, Bailey has done research through the university for Los Alamos National Laboratory, researching cluster computing and machine learning. He plans to pursue his interest in machine learning by attending graduate school or working for a company like Tesla or SpaceX. 

Bachelor of Science in Information Systems 

Mason Beattie is an Information Systems major with a minor in Language and Intercultural Studies from Seneca, SC. During his time at Coastal Carolina University, he was placed on the President’s for 6 semesters and the Dean’s List for one semester. He was also awarded the 2021 outstanding student of the year for the Information Systems Major here at Coastal Carolina University, and he was the 2018 Sophomore of the Year for the Language and Intercultural Studies department. He is a member of the NSCS honors society, and he is also an Information Systems tutor for the Computer Science Department at the university. Mason’s honors thesis is a translation application titled EZ-Translate and will be used as a translation service while within another desktop application. His thesis is being assisted by Professor Paul Cerkez. Mason aims to work in the field of digital forensics as a malware analyst with long term goals of being an incident responder.  

View the Coastal Now - Graduate Profile Spring 2021: Mason Beattie Video

Bachelor of Science in Information Technology 

Colton Simms is from Florence, S.C. and attended West Florence High school. Simms has achieved the President’s List for four semesters and the Dean’s List for one semester. Simms is also graduating with the Magna Cum Ladue honor. Simms is a member of Colleges against Cancer, Young Life, and the International Honor Society Upsilon Pi Epsilon. Simms tutored other students in the Department of Computing Sciences at Coastal Carolina University and expresses that the ability to do so is what allowed him to thrive in the pursuit of knowledge in addition to intellect and good work ethic. Simms was a recipient of the SC LIFE Scholarship and Teal Scholar award during his three years at Coastal Carolina University. Simms plans to enter the work force immediately after graduation using the knowledge he gained.