Western student from Saluda heading to Silicon Valley for prestigious internship

CULLOWHEE – Western Carolina University student Kristine Wallace Hauman, a senior from Saluda, is one of 20 young women across the country selected to participate in a summer internship program for undergraduates co-sponsored by the American Physical Society and IBM.

Hauman, who is majoring in both mathematics and computer science at Western, will be conducting research with an IBM mentor at the IBM Almaden Research Center in California. Located in the foothills above Silicon Valley, the center is one of eight laboratories that make up IBM Research.

“This is a great honor for Kris. She will be engaged in scientific research at one of the nation’s premier computer science research laboratories,” said David Luginbuhl, WCU associate professor of mathematics and computer science.

The salaried positions typically last for 10 weeks and include a $2,500 grant. Research areas are individually chosen to match the skills and interests of the student and the ongoing research programs of the laboratory.

The goal of the program is to encourage women students to pursue graduate studies in science and engineering. The application procedure to be considered for the internship includes a 250-word essay in which the student describes her interest in research and how the internship will advance her goals.

This is Hauman’s second year of involvement in a summer internship program. Last year, she was one of 35 women across the country chosen for a prestigious computer science program sponsored by the Computing Research Association.

At Western, Hauman is a dean’s list student and is enrolled in the Honors College.