Courtney Thurston

Software engineer and (bad) writer.

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Hello, I’m Courtney. I’m a 21-year-old computer science and computational math student who’s also interested in essay and dramatic writing. In early 2013, I created the Wikipedia article on Simone Biles; this remains my favorite personal fun fact.

I’m active in the non-profit space and moonlight as a grant writer, where I’ve won and managed $461,150 in funding to date.

My day job operates at the relative other end of the creative spectrum. I recently signed a full-time back-end software engineering offer with Microsoft, where I’ll be working on cloud computing and data analytics platforms starting in the fall of 2019.

I interned at Microsoft in 2016, 2017, and 2018, and previously worked for SpaceX, Northrop Grumman, and Carnegie Mellon University. On campus, I write and manage grants for the Women’s Engineering Institute; tutor students in math, the sciences, and career development; and engage in research. In March of 2018, I won the Goldwater Scholarship for research in the natural sciences, engineering, and mathematics.

I won a number of the nation’s most competitive college scholarships in 2014 and 2015. I now work to help students apply to—​and win—funding for U.S. higher education.

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