University of Washington computer science student Christine Betts.
Christine Betts sometimes feels overwhelmed because she “only started programming in college” but a glance at her long list of accomplishments shows the college junior is miles ahead of many people well into their careers.
She graduated high school in a rural suburb of Kansas City, Mo., and took a gap year to figure out what she wanted to do. Rather than spending it traveling through Europe or hitting the East Coast music festival circuit, Betts was a Congressional intern in Washington, D.C., and held a variety of part-time jobs, including a gig as a baker’s apprentice and coaching low-income girls.
Christine Betts with Oren Etzioni, CEO of the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence and University of Washington computer science professor. (UW Photo)
Betts was accepted into the University of Washington’s School of Computer Science and Engineering and Tune House, a two-year scholarship program run by the Seattle mobile marketing analytics startup. Tune Scholars receive free housing and mentorship.
The accolades don’t end there. Betts this week was named the recipient of the inaugural Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence Outstanding Software Engineer scholarship and internship for women and underrepresented minorities. She spent the past …read more