DO-IT Scholar a Winner

The following is reprinted with permission from the March 10, 1994 issue of University Week.

Lacey, Wash., high school junior Randy Hammer's world took on new dimensions last summer when he came to the UW campus along with 17 other teenagers. As a participant in the UW College of Engineering's novel DO-IT or Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking and Technology program aimed at encouraging students with disabilities to pursue careers in science, engineering or math, Hammer, blind from birth, gained access to the Internet, including UWIN, the UW's online information navigator. Hammer's essay on the marvels of Internet won runner-up in the grade 10-12 category of a recent national contest sponsored by the National Science Foundation and others. "In August of last year, a whole new door was opened to me," he wrote. "Gaining Internet access was the best thing that ever happened to me. In a way, my computer and access to the net have become my eyes to the world."