Computer Science senior wins college award for academic engagement

CU Boulder Graduate Awarded Academic Engagement Award for Leadership Initiatives and Commitment to Growth

Ryan Slocum, a Computer Science student graduating in 2024, was recently awarded the Academic Engagement Award from the College of Engineering and Applied Science at CU Boulder. His commitment to various programs and opportunities on campus, including the President’s Leadership Class and three internships, as well as his role as a Teaching Assistant, was recognized by his nominators.

Slocum also spearheaded an initiative to map the leadership landscape at CU Boulder for the Center for Leadership, showcasing his dedication to personal growth and excellence in execution. His nominators praised him for his fearless desire to learn, intellectual humility, and ability to maintain a balanced perspective and sustainable lifestyle. Winning the award was a great honor for Slocum, who feels proud to be recognized among an esteemed group of fellow award winners within the college.

Looking back on his time at CU Boulder, Slocum believes that one of the most important lessons he has learned is the value of trying new things, especially those that challenge and scare you. He encourages others to embrace discomfort as a means of personal growth and self-improvement. Moving forward, Slocum has set both personal and professional goals for himself. Personally, he aims to compete in a 100-mile ultramarathon, while professionally he plans to pursue a graduate degree in robotics and work on impactful projects in the field.

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