Name: Lauren Cairco
Residence: Fort Mill, SC
Occupation: Graduate student
“As one of only 1,236 students to receive a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, I look forward to taking the knowledge and experiences that I gained at Winthrop and applying them to a Ph.D. program.”
Lauren Cairco ’09, a computer science major, credits the encouragement received from Winthrop’s outstanding professors with helping her realize her full potential. Along with earning the prestigious fellowship that funds three years of graduate study, Cairco, the two-time president of Winthrop’s Association for Computing Machinery chapter, also was one of 180 women selected from a nation-wide pool of candidates to attend Google’s Workshop for Women Engineers. She continues to explore her technology interests and research on human-computer interaction, human-centered computing, and virtual humans in graduate school.