Kinnis Gosha, PhD

Morehouse College CS Department

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Quoted in January Issue of Communications of the ACM

Dr. Kinnis Gosha has been quoted in the January 2017 issue of the Communications of the ACM magazine about challenges for African Americans in Computer Science and in the Atlanta metropolitan area. The article is entitled “Bias in Technology“.

CRC Lab Award Grant from Annie E. Casey Foundation

Morehouse College has been awarded a grant of $60,011 from the Annie E. Casey Foundation with Dr. Kinnis Gosha as the Principal Investigator. The award is another renewal award from a long-standing relationship between Gosha and the Casey Foundation. The primary task of this grant is to continue to further develop the data analysis functionality of the annual JDAI (Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiatives) results portal. The portal is one of the largest databases of juvenile detention data in the nation, collecting data from over 200 youth detention facilities. The portal as well as the grant was feature on the CBS46 Atlanta website.

Clemson Researchers Talk to Students about Graduate School Opportunities

Drs. Molly Kennedy (Associate Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering) and Victoria Corbin (Associate Professor of Biological Sciences) from Clemson University came to Morehouse College as a guest of Dr. Kinnis Gosha to give a talk about graduate school, summer research programs and research in general. Students who attended from the computer science department learned about how to pay for graduate school, what students do in graduate school and why they should consider a PhD in computing.  Dr. Gosha was the inaugural graduate of Clemson University’s Human-Centered Computing Doctoral program in 2013.

Paper Accepted to Top Computer Science Education Conference

A manuscript co-authored by Dr. Kinnis Gosha entitled “Holistic Development of Underrepresented Students through Academic – Industry Partnerships” has been accepted for publication in the conference proceedings of the ACM Special Interest Group for Computer Science Education Conference. The conference will be held in Seattle, Washington on March 8th – 11th, 2017. Co-authors include Marlon Mejias (Howard University), Legand Burge (Howard University), Kamar Galloway (Google) and Jean Muhammad (Hampton University). More information about the conference can be found at

NBC Universal Visits Morehouse

A team of representatives, lead by Morehouse College Alum Seldric Blocker,  from NBCUniversal came to Morehouse College to talk to students about opportunities in media + technology. Last year eight Morehouse College students were interns for NBCUniversal including three technology interns from the Computer Science department.

APS Students Participate in Morehouse Coding Workshop

A group of 50 students participated in a workshop at Morehouse College to learn about coding using Sphero Robotics. The Culturally Relevant Computing Lab, directed by Dr. Kinnis Gosha, hosted the all-day workshop for the students who all attended Maynard Jackson High School. Students learn not only some fundamental programming knowledge, they also learned about the many opportunities in computer science and had a chance to interact with members of the CRC Lab who attend Morehouse College, Spelman College and Clark Atlanta University. The workshop was funded by the Boeing Company and the National Science Foundation (Award #1042468).


NSF Awards Data Science Grant to Morehouse and Spelman

A grant award was made on August 15th, 2016 to Morehouse College and Spelman College entitled Targeted Infusion Project: Data Science eXtension (DSX): Incorporating data science fundamentals in computing curriculum at Spelman and Morehouse Colleges. The total amount of the grant is of $399,903 over three years. The idea behind the grant is to infuse data science concepts throughout multiple classes at Morehouse and Spelman Colleges, create two new data science courses that students at both institutions can take and submit a proposal to develop a minor in Data Science at both Morehouse and Spelman Colleges. Drs. Brandeis Marshall (Spelman College) and Kinnis Gosha (Morehouse College) are  the Principal Investigators on the grant. Data science is an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary field focused on processes and systems that extract knowledge and relevant information from either structured or unstructured data (Baker et al, 2011; Chang et al, 2008; Naur 1974). According to the McKinsey Report (Manyika et al, 2011), there will be almost 200,000 positions requiring “deep analytical skills”. The report further outlines the additional job responsibilities of nearly 1.5 million managers and analysts who will need to analyze and interpret data findings in order to make decisions. Given that HBCUs account for only 3% of the higher education institutions, HBCUs are producing nearly 26% of all Black STEM bachelor’s recipients each year with smaller institution endowments and restricted institutional resources (Upton and Tanenbaum 2014). The continued STEM bachelor’s recipient production hinges on sufficient faculty and student exposure and training in emerging fields such as data science. Says Gosha, “This award sets the groundwork to make both Morehouse and Spelman College the national leaders in producing African-Americans data scientist, which will adds to the overall push by both colleges to prepare students for outstanding career and graduate school opportunities after graduation.” More information about the award can be found on the National Science Foundation’s website.

Morehouse Co-Host Camp Teaching AP Computer Science

Thanks to funding from a 2016 Google’s RISE Award, a week long camp was held at Morehouse College July 25th-29th to prepare 17 local underrepresented high school students for the Advanced Placement Computer Science course this fall. The grant was submitted by Barbara Ericson (Georgia Institute of Technology) and Dr. Kinnis Gosha (Morehouse College).

Dr. Kinnis Gosha Delivers Keynote Speech

On April 22nd, 2016, Dr. Kinnis Gosha delivered keynote speech for the Albany State University Center for Undergraduate Research (CUR) Undergraduate Colloquium. Gosha, a 2005 Albany State University alum, was introduced by his former Department Chair and director of the Albany State University Center for Undergraduate Research (CUR), Dr. Zephyrinus C. Okonkwo. Dr. Gosha delivered a strong message to the students, which will be later aired on the Albany State University television station in the coming months.

Funded Grant: NSF CREST Planning Grant

Dr. Kinnis Gosha and Dr. Brandies Marshall have been awarded a collaborative grant of $299,257 from the National Science Foundation (Award #1547793). The overall purpose of this grant is to plan and design a dual institution CREST research center in Socially Relevant Computing at Morehouse and Spelman Colleges. The center will provide interdisciplinary education, undergraduate research, and workforce development for African American computer science students. In addition, the center will create an ecosystem of partners to conduct research that leads to technologies that help solve critical societal problems of national priority.

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