Courtney Thurston

Software engineer and casual writer.

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Hello, I'm Courtney! I'm a 22-year-old woman (she/her/hers) living and working in Seattle, WA as a software engineer on Microsoft Azure's Spark offerings. I'm interested in art; I enjoy reading plays, and sometimes write personal essays and criticism. In early 2013, I created and wrote the first version of the Wikipedia article on Simone Biles (which will always be my favorite personal fun fact.)

I'm currently active in the non-profit space, where I moonlight as a freelance grant-writer, and have won and managed north of $450,000 from over 25 grants to date. I aspire to grant-write full-time whenever I retire from tech. 

I do my best to remain aware of my privileges and am committed to giving, even (especially) when there is no personal benefit. I also recognize and admit that I fail at this as often as any other well-intentioned person. I'm interested in intersectional equity in spaces of arts and sciences, and spend much of my free time helping women, minority, and underserved students navigate the high school standardized testing process; the college admissions process; the internship search and selection process; and the new graduate hiring and negotiation process. 

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More about me/stuff you probably don't really need to know:

I graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science & and a second major in Computational Mathematics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach in May of 2019. 

In my senior spring, I made it a priority to take some theatre, arts, and writing courses. Next to Differential Equations and Linear Algebra (which I still insist were fun), I ended up enjoying these classes the most.

I interned at Microsoft in 2016, 2017, and 2018 (initially as an Explore Intern, then twice as a Software Engineer Intern), and previously worked on SpaceX's Landing Legs team; Northrop Grumman's Global Hawk team; and at Carnegie Mellon University as a Robotics Intern for Near Earth Autonomy. On my college campus, I wrote and managed grants for the Women's Engineering Institute; tutored students in math, the sciences, and career development; and engaged in research. In March of 2018, I won the US Congress' Goldwater Scholarship for research in the natural sciences, engineering, and mathematics.

As a high school senior, I won a number of the nation's most competitive college scholarships in 2014 and 2015. I now work to help students apply to—‚Äčand win—funding for U.S. higher education.