December 14 2009
All advising has concluded for Fall 2009. Advisors will resume their advising responsibilities at the start of the Spring 2010 semester. Students should consult the department to determine each advisor's actual availability, once it is determined.
There are several Spring 2010 classes that are closed to enrollment since they have reached their capacity. Students are encouraged to find alternative CECS classes that are still open or to get on the wait list of classes that they need. While there may be some actions that the department can take to accommodate more students, no action can be taken without a clear enrollment demand and the department and college must also be certain that there are faculty and budget resources available.
If you are having problems enrolling in a class due to not satisfying prerequisites, even though you believe that you do satisfy the prerequisites, please contact your advisor via e-mail. Include your student id and the section number of the class you are trying to enroll in. If it is determined that you do satisfy the prerequisites and the class is not full to enrollment, then a permit can be issued that will let you enroll in the class.
It is the time of the year when the department needs to decide whether or not to offer summer classes and we'd like to have your feedback in this decision. As you are all aware, due to the pressures of the budget crisis all departments on campus have had to generate class schedules that are lean and efficient. Summer is no exception, so we need to measure the demand for classes over the summer and thus the reason for this survey.
Please visit the BeachBoard site. Click on the organization for our CECS department and then click on the Surveys link on the left column. Finally click on the survey itself. The survey is available until December 18th.
Computer science students are now required to complete a capstone project in their senior year. This semester, seven students signed up for and are completing CECS 491: Software Development Project to satisfy this requirement. Students in this class organized into teams, selected an open source project, and then proposed, planned, and implemented contributions to be made to the open source project. The students will be making their final presentations this Wednesday December 16 as follows:
The presentations will take place in ECS-414. All are welcome to attend. Students interested in working on the Moodle project are especially encouraged to attend.
Team for Research in Ubiquitous Secure Technology (TRUST) Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) has announced their upcoming Summer Undergraduate Research Experience. The deadline to apply is February 1, 2010.
The Team for Research in Ubiquitous Secure Technology (TRUST) will sponsor 20 undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds and cultures, to participate in the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience located at TRUST partner campuses: UC Berkeley, Cornell University, Carnegie Mellon University, Stanford University, Vanderbilt University
These students will be working with graduate student and faculty mentors throughout the summer performing research and supporting activities in the area of information technology and TRUST related topics.
An example of past TRUST research topics have included:
This is an excellent opportunity for students to conduct research directly with TRUST faculty in an eight-week program. The program is made possible by the generous support of the National Science Foundation.
The Department of Computer Science and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Trinity University, San Antonio, TX, are pleased to offer a 10-week REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) program where students will work collaboratively on a wide variety of AI and multi-agent systems problems. We will use multi-agent systems to simulate social environments.
Eligibility: Funding is limited to US citizens or Permanent residents. Women and minorities are particularly encouraged to apply.
Funding: Each participant will receive
For more information, visit the Trinity University REU Website
The Interdisciplinary Computational Thinking and Plant Biology Research Program for Undergraduates is a 12 week paid summer research experience (roughly $300/week) with many additional enrichment activities. The program takes place at the University of Arizona campus in Tucson. Additional stipends for travel, room and board are included. Students majoring in computer science, mathematics, management information systems, statistics, engineering, physics, plant sciences, or plant-related biology and who are US citizens or permanent residents of the US are eligible to apply. The application deadline is Feb. 1, 2010.
For Computer Science majors, this program offers an opportunity to work on a cross-disciplinary team applying their skills to a research problem at the forefront of Plant Biology. Students don't need any background in biology, just a desire to apply their computer science knowledge and skills to problems in plant biology.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has scholarships and summer internships for undergraduates, Graduate Students, and Faculty. The DHS Education Programs web portal has more information on the different opportunities available. Here are some highlights: