At HCC, Siavash (Sia) found a passion for computer science because of its real-world impacts. In May 2017, he earned an associate degree with high honors in general studies with a science emphasis. He hopes to eventually earn a master’s degree in data analytics.
HCC’s STEM Scholars program played an important role in Sia’s success. “STEM Scholars was a very helpful experience and it was a good community,” he says. “Working in STEM requires a lot of teamwork and I think the community helped us find more people in our field, and find more friends. Study groups helped me a lot.” Through the STEM Scholars program, Sia received scholarships, bonded with other students, and forged relationships with his professors.
He particularly connected with his math professors. “I really like the way they teach because it makes math very interesting,” he says. “A lot of people say they don’t like math, but I think they should take a class with HCC teachers.” These close relationships inspired Sia to join one of his professors in his original research on polygonal numbers. That research has been so successful that they hope to publish their findings.
Sia was not only supported by the HCC community, but worked hard to give back. Sia volunteered with the Student Programming Board and later became student government president. He said he liked educating other students about resources that had helped him, such as the Learning Assistance Center. He also served as a math tutor for his peers.
This summer, Sia is finishing his research with his advisor, learning Spanish (his fourth language), and preparing to transfer to a four-year college. With the support of his student activities and STEM communities, Sia is on the road to success!