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UT AMS Alum Dr. Carly Kocurek Awarded National Science Foundation Grant

Sat, November 16, 2019
UT AMS Alum Dr. Carly Kocurek Awarded National Science Foundation Grant
Dr. Carly Kocurek. Photo taken by Elizabeth McQuern

Dr. Carly Kocurek, who graduated from the UT AMS department with her PhD in 2012, has been awarded a two-year, $145,965 grant from the National Science Foundation for a project titled "Games for Girls: Informing the Future." Dr. Kocurek is an Associate Professor of Digital Humanities and Media Studies at the Illinois Institute of Technology. She is the author of two books, Coin-Operated Americans: Rebooting Boyhood at the Video Game Arcade, which covers the early rise of video game arcades in the U.S., and Brenda Laurel: Pioneering Games for Girls, a consideration of Laurel’s career as researcher and game designer.

According to the project abstract, "The goal of this project is to document and assess the successes and failures of the Games for Girls movement, which reached prominence in the mid-1990s. The movement will be studied as an intervention into game development and as an effort to make computers and computer games more appealing to young girls." 

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Kocurek on this prestigious award! To learn more about Dr. Kocurek's work, please visit sparklebliss.com.

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