Biography

A recent honours graduate, Robert Chen is currently in San Francisco, California, USA trying to find an entry-level career. Robert will be conferred his Specialised Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science at York University's, convocation ceremony in June 2010. Additionally, with his cumulative GPA of 8.48/9.00, Robert will graduate First Class with Distinction, his name will be entered into the Dean's Honour Roll, and he will be a recipent of the Computer Science Academic Achievement Medal.

University Highlights

In Summer 2008, Robert applied and was awarded a $5625 NSERC USRA (Undergraduate Summer Research Award) and conducted research with Professor Hui Jiang on "Automatic Retrieval and Normalization of Text data from the Internet".

Robert was accepted into York University's Technology Internship Program and found a placement for September 2008 at IBM Canada. At the Centre for Advanced Studies in the Toronto lab, Robert interned for 8 months as a Software Developer in the Technology Incubation Lab, developing the client-side portion of a prototype that eventually was named Smart-4-me Interactions. As part of the project, Robert also produced and voiced a YouTube video in collaboration with the team showcasing the prototype. He received an internal IBM Excellence Award and an IBM Thanks! Award for his efforts.

As for extracurricular activities, Robert was chosen twice to represent York University at the ACM East Central North America Regional Programming Contest. In November 2007, Robert was a member of team Gnu YORKers, who came in 32nd out of 116 teams from 67 colleges and universities in Canada and the United States. In November 2008, Robert was a member of team York Yeomen and placed 27th out of 124 teams from 65 colleges and universities.

University Achievements

Robert's achievements started even before formally starting classes. He received a $2000 entrance scholarship as well as a CREST award of $1000. After first year, having completed a 100% course load in the Fall and Winter terms, Robert's cumulative GPA of 8.8 on a 9-point scale earned him a certificate of "Outstanding Academic Achievement" from the Faculty of Arts.

In the next year, 2005, Robert was listed on the Chair's Honour Roll in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. Over the years, Robert was named on the Faculty of Arts "Sessional Academic Achievement List" (2004-2006) as well as receiving the merit-based York University Continuing Student Scholarship (2004-2008).

In the Faculty of Science and Engineering Award Ceremony in November 2007, Robert was one of two students who received the York University Faculty Association Scholarship valued at $3000. This scholarship is given only to the students who "... achieved the best cumulative grade point average in their Faculty ..."

Scholarships and Awards

Listed here in case I one day lose access to my financial information from York University:

Total: $16,595 (assuming tuition of $22k, a bit over three-quarters of my tuition has been paid via scholarships)

High School

Robert graduated from A.Y. Jackson Secondary School with an 87% average in his six main high school courses with a final grade of 96% for the computer science course and a 97% on the computer engineering course. In addition, he received a certificate for being in the Principal's Honour Roll for his 91.67% average in Grade 11.

Robert postponed entering university for a year. In that time, in collaboration with a program from Sir Wilfred Laurier Collegiate Institute, he spent four months working for BMO InvestorLine as a high school co-op student. He worked in the Training and Development department as an Intranet Web Developer to improve the corporate intranet. Upon completion of the co-op program, Robert was offered a six-month contract, which he accepted without hesitation.

Concurrently with the work at BMO InvestorLine, Robert also worked night and weekend shifts at Old Navy. In there, he further developed his team player skills as well as gained valuable experience working in a fast-pace, highly dynamic environment. This experience was highly valuable as, in the next year, he found employment with TD Canada Trust as a customer service representative, assisting customers with their day to day banking needs.