CIS student Travis Bates awarded Chancellor's Medallion

May 6, 2019

Travis Bates was awarded Chancellor's Medallion during the university’s commencement ceremony Sunday, April 28, 2019, in recognition of his academic achievement, character and integrity.

Travis Bates received a Bachelor of Science in Computer and Information Science degree with a concentration in computer science and graduated with High Distinction. He has earned University Honors three times, was named a James B. Angell Scholar in 2017 and 2018, and was selected as an Honors Scholar in 2019. He has been named to the Dean’s List seven times and has earned a perfect 4.0 grade point average, including A+ for half of his classes and A for remaining classes. He is a recipient of the Chancellor’s Scholarship and Michigan Competitive Scholarship.

CIS faculty describe Bates as a bright, outstanding student who is a natural leader among his peers. Professors have praised his highly creative and well-executed class projects throughout his undergraduate program, which they attribute to his exceptional programming and software engineering skills.

As a CIS student, Bates has excelled in game design. Upon graduation, he will have completed two courses in game design, as well as a faculty supervised honors design project and a senior design project in game design. His projects have included a mobile fishing game, a 3D top-down view tactical game and a psychological thriller game. For his senior design project, Bates and his team worked with an external client to design an innovative multiplayer game for Android tablets.

In addition to his studies, Bates gained professional experience as an information technology intern at Ford Motor Co. in Summer 2018. Upon graduation, he will join the Ford College Graduate program, a selective program that provides recent college graduates a variety of rotational job assignments during their early career at Ford Motor Co.

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