Shannon I. Steinfadt

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ACM Student Research Competition Semi-Finalist

At the recent ACM Student Research Competition held during the 2007 Grace Hopper conference, I was chosen as one of five semi-finalists to give an oral presentation. The semi-finalists presented on Thursday, 10/18. The presentation is here converted into a web page.

This competition selection was based on my technical poster entitled SWAMP Sequence Alignment: Smith-Waterman using Associative Massive Parallelism.

Ph.D. Forum and Participant of the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing 10/07

The Grace Hopper Conference is a national conference geared towards women in computing. I have two different works accepted at the conference which ran 10/17-20/2007. My Ph.D. Forum presentation is one of twelve. Participants near the end of their degree work are given the opportunity to present their research. I also participated in the Poster session and the ACM Student Research Competition, as well as in the Anita Borg Institute's TechLeaders for Social Innovators workshop on Wednesday,October 17.

Winner of Best Student Poster at OCCBIO 2007

I presented the poster entitled SWAMP: Smith-Waterman on an Associative Multi-Processor at the recent Ohio Collaborative Conference on Bioinformatics (OCCBIO) held at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio on July 9-11, 2007. This poster won First Place as the Best Student Poster out of two poster sessions and 50+ posters for the conference.

Second Place Graduate Student Poster Winner at Annual CS Poster Conference/Open House

The second annual Computer Science Department Open House and Poster Conference was held on April 13, 2007. Winners were announced in October. The poster entitled Massively Parallel Programming for Local Sequence Alignment in Bioinformatics took second place in the Graduate Category.

2007 Ohio Board of Regents Research Assistantship Received

This is an honor being one of two graduate students chosen to receive the Ohio Board of Regents Research Assistantship (OBR RA) for the calendar year of 2007.  I will be afforded the opportunity to work solely as a RA.


Presented Paper at CASB in Dallas, TX on November 11, 2006

It was great to present to and interact with the other attendees of the first annual IASTED's Computational and Systems Biology (CASB 2006).  The handouts are available here as a PDF.

Lightening Talk Winner at MidWIC 2006

My presentation 5 Internships in 5 Minutes: Interning at NASA for Fun and Profit was chosen as one of two Lightening Talk winners.

Awarded Scholarship to Midwest Celebration of Women in Computing, DePauw University, 9/29-30/06

I was awarded a scholarship co-sponsored by ACM-W to attend the MidWIC conference held September 29 and 30, 2006.

Paper Accepted to CASB in Dallas, TX held 11/13-15, 2006

The paper A Local Sequence Alignment Algorithm Using an Associative Model of Parallel Computation by Shannon Steinfadt, Michael Schroeder and Johnnie W. Baker will appear in IASTED's Computational and Systems Biology (CASB 2006), held on November 13-15, 2006.

Paper Accepted to MidWIC at DePauw University, IN, held 9/29-30/06

The paper entitled Don’t Panic: Friendly Advice on Teaching Your First Course as a Graduate Assistant co-authored with Ellen L. Walker will appear in MidWIC 2006 proceedings, 9/29-30, 2006, Greencastle, IN.

Research of Women Graduate Students in Computer Science

I'm currently participating in Ms. Jennifer Sader's research.  Ms. Sader is a doctoral candidate in the Higher Education Administration program at Bowling Green State University.  Her dissertation research is concerned with the experiences of women graduate students in computer science.  Ms. Sader can be contacted at for more information or to participate.  Her web page URL is

Poster Session at the OCC Bio 2006

June 28-30, 2006 kicked off the first ever Ohio Collaborative Conference on Bioinformatics, or OCCBio.  There was a great poster session held, that showed a mix of computational techniques and biology research.  The following is a letter-sized PDF of the original 4' x 3' poster entitled Local sequence alignment for an associative model of parallel computation.

First Annual Kent Computer Science Poster Session / Open House

April 21, 2006 was the date for the KSU Computer Science Department First Annual Poster Conference / Open House.  An earlier version of the algorithm that was shown at the OCC Bio Conference was used in the 3' x 2' poster.  


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