Computer Science Graduate Program Coordinator Cheri Smith receives UO Graduate Education Excellence Award

Cheri Smith

The Graduate Education Excellence Award recognizes the central role that Cheri plays in Computer Science graduate education, as the first point of contact for new students and continuing source of help and wisdom as students navigate through the graduate program.

Cheri’s excellence is well-known in the Computer Science department, where she has been the Graduate Program Coordinator since 2013.  The Division of Graduate Studies received many letters from graduate students and colleagues recommending Cheri for this award:

“She is always eager to help and is an invaluable resource for both incoming and experienced students.  She is THE go-to person for any administrative issues and … will go out of her way to help you out.”

“She makes us feel heard.  She is kind, and inspires us to be kind to each other. … She always gives her very best in making sure the student feels that they belong in the department.”

“She is always absolutely on top of any requests sent her way ... goes above and beyond expectation to hold our department together.”

“Cheri is a gem in the department and a contributing factor to every student’s success in the program.  Cheri keeps us informed of all important dates, deadlines, and graduation requirements.  And when we inevitably mess something up, she is the person who can fix it.  Not to mention being one of the nicest people I could have the pleasure of meeting.”

“She is always a positive force when I interact with her and brightens my day.”

“Cheri has been absolutely essential to my progress … She has been an excellent guide and advocate … my story is not unique.”

“Cheri is simply the best Graduate Program Coordinator anyone could ask for.”

As the Graduate Program Coordinator award winner, Cheri will receive a $2000 research/travel award granted in her name to Computer Science graduate students.

Congratulations and thank you, Cheri!