B.S. Computer Science, Minor Mathematics

Lamar University, Beaumont, TX      GPA: 3.88/4.0

Expected Graduation: December 2011

Honors Program


2011, 2009     Grace Hopper Celebration – Grace Hopper Conference Scholarship

2010     Grace Hopper Celebration – Hopper Volunteer and Community Evangelist

2009     International Symposium on Computer Architecture Conference Travel Grant

Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing – Conference Scholarship

CRA-W/CDC Careers in High Performance Systems (CHiPS) Mentoring Workshop

2008     CRA-W/CDC Computer Architecture Summer School

Phi Kappa Phi’s Emerging Scholars Award

Computer Science Department’s Outstanding Freshman Award

Lamar University Honors Program Certificate of Merit in Academics

Fall 2007- 2009; Spring 2008, 2009     President’s List and Dean’s List

Fall 2007     Mirabeau Scholarship – $60,000, “full” scholarship to Lamar University


Kathlyn Doss, Valerie Juarez, Daniel Vincent, “Java Gone Green: Adaptable Teaching Materials for Programming Fundamentals Using Video Game Creation and Greenfoot,” Grace Hopper Celebration, November 2011 – Poster

Kathlyn Doss, Valerie Juarez, Daniel Vincent, Dr. Peggy Doerschuk, Dr. Jane Liu “Work in Progress: A Survey of Popular Game Creation Platforms Used for Computing Education,” 2011 Frontiers in Education Conference, October 2009- Paper

Valerie Juarez, Kasey Doss, and Daniel Vincent “A Literature Review of Computer Science Education Through Video Game Creation,” Association for Computer Educators in Texas Conference, October 2010 – 2nd Place Poster

Daniel Vincent and Valerie Juarez, “INSPIRED Summer Academy Program Encouraging Students to Participate in Computer Science Activities,” Association for Computer Educators in Texas Conference, October 2009 – Poster

Kelli Hall and Valerie Juarez, “INSPIRED Instructional Materials for Engaging High School Students in Computing Using Webpage Design,” Association for Computer Educators in Texas Conference, October, 2009 – 1st place Poster

Iris Garcia and Valerie Juarez, “Instructional Materials for Engaging Middle School Students in Computing Using Animation,” Grace Hopper Celebration, October 2008 – Poster

Valerie Juarez, “Analysis of Memory Performance for Chip Multiprocessors,” Association of Computer Educators in Texas Conference, October 2008 – 1st place Poster


Collaborative Research Experience for Undergraduates (CREU)

Student Researcher, Beaumont, TX      Fall 2010 – Summer 2011

  • Received grant for proposal “Java Gone Green: Adaptable Teaching Materials for Programming Fundamentals”
  • Collaborated with colleagues and developed five lessons to teach introductory programming concepts and created content questionnaires to assess material’s effectiveness
  • Piloted materials at a five day high school academy

INSPIRED Program (Increasing Student Participation In Research Development)

Student Research Assistant, Beaumont, TX      Fall 2007 – Summer 2011

  • Member of Computer Systems Research Team
  • Implemented compression technique in M5 simulator using C++
  • Assisted in hosting and teaching 7 Middle School Academies (MSA) and 3 High School Academies (HSA) whose goal was to get students interested in Computer Science
  • Co-developed animation teaching materials and implemented materials at academies
  • Coordinated lab schedules, lectures, and numerous outreach events, including an MSA and HSA
  • Tutored students in math and computer science courses


Cisco Systems

Cisco Choice Intern – Policy Management Business Unit , San Jose, CA      Summer 2010

  • Collaborated with top developers to improve the efficiency and performance of product
  • Learned to use development tools JUnit and JProbe


Committee to Review University IT PolicyStudent Representative      Fall 2011

Collaborated with faculty in updating Lamar University’s Information Technology Policy.

Committee to Select Quality Enhancement Plan DirectorStudent Representative      2009

Assisted in selecting new director for Lamar University’s Quality Enhancement Plan program.


“How to Enhance Your Undergraduate Education” – September 23, 2011 at The University of Texas at


Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

President (2009 – 2011) Organized Annual Spring Banquet for 2 years, coordinated fundraising activities and social activities; coordinated recycling project

Lamar Ambassadors

Ambassador (2010 – 2011) Student ambassador for Lamar University at university alumni events

Honors Student Association

Mentor (2008-2009) Mentored incoming honors freshmen on courses, campus life, and the honors program.

Alpha Lambda Delta Phi Eta Sigma

Treasurer Supervised transactions of the honor society and helped organize the Induction Ceremony

Student Government Association (SGA)

Representative (2007-2009) Attended meetings and reported information to the ACM; voted on referendums


Table of Volunteer Work
Organization Position Date
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Tax Preparer Spring 2008
Girl’s Haven Gumbo Fest Sold tickets at fundraising event Fall 2009
Honors Student Association Painted Newman Catholic Student Center Spring 2009


Microsoft Publisher and Access

Java           6 years

C/C++           3 years


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