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Grant Will Establish Open-Source Software Center

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Kate Holdener is an assistant professor at Saint Louis University

The center "allows our students to get real experience that they can show to an employer," says SLU Assistant Professor Kate Holdener.

Credit: Saint Louis University

A $704,482 grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation will establish the Saint Louis University Open-Source Software Center.

The grant, awarded to Kate Holdener, assistant professor of computer science, will fund the creation of a software engineering lab which will engage students in the development of open-source software to support interdisciplinary projects.

The center will engage graduate and undergraduate students in open-source software development, focusing on research software projects that support SLU faculty research goals. Faculty will be able to submit software requests, then work alongside graduate students to prototype and design software solutions.

In addition to stipends for graduate students, the two-year grant will also fund a program director, who will oversee the center and work towards financial sustainability.

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