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CECS students participating in ACM sponsored Programming Contest

The CSULB and CECS student chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery will send four teams of students to the Southern California ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest this coming Saturday, November 13. The competition will include several universities and hundreds of students from around Southern California.

Here are the teams participating:

  • Beach Bombers: Alex Chavez, Lynn Cherngchaosil, and Anirudha Mulik. Coached by Steve Gold.
  • Giant Fiasco: Ariana Aguirre, Shawn Bandy, and Mike Brown. Coached by Edgar Ortiz.
  • Nuggets: Hoa Dinh, Jose Herrera, Anthony Iacono. Coached by Jonathan Nacionales.
  • Robot Unicorn. Sal Llamas, Matt Sguerri, Richard Wang. Coached by Paul Woo.

We wish them luck!

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Advising Corner

Fall 2010 Deadline to Withdraw

Friday November 19th is the last date to withdraw from class without the college dean's signature. To withdraw from classes by this deadline, students must complete the petition to withdraw from classes and obtain the approval of the instructor and of the department. Note also, that withdrawing at this point will result in a W which also counts against the limit on number of units a student may withdraw from. Students need to have the most accurate information regarding their standing in a class to make a decision, thus it is important that students have a frank discussion with their instructors and advisor if you are considering withdrawing from class. Students should also review CSULB's policy on repeating courses.

Spring 2011 Registration

Registration for classes for the upcoming Spring 2011 semester has started already. Here are some general recommendations that all students should take into account:

  • You may enroll only in classes whose prerequisites you've completed with a passing grade. The system will let you enroll in a Spring class whose prerequisite(s) you are completing this Fall semester; however, you must pass the prerequisite with a passing grade. If you do not pass the prerequisite(s) with a passing grade, you must drop the Spring 2011 class and attempt it once you've completed all prerequisite(s).
  • If a class that you want to register in is full, you should consider other sections of the same course. If it's a class you must complete in order to graduate in a timely manner, please see your advisor to determine the best action to take.
  • Students who are on track to complete their degree in Spring 2011 have priority enrolling in senior-level classes. If you cannot enroll in a class needed to graduate in Spring 2011, please see your advisor to seek a place in the class or to determine alternatives.
  • In Spring 2011, you may now enroll in up to 18 units – traditionally this has been 16 units.

Information on Spring 2011 classes

Here is some information submitted by faculty to help you learn more about the classes being offered in Spring 2011:

  • CECS 423: Database Web Applications in JEE offered by Dr. Monge is one of three classes that satisfy the computer science senior project/capstone requirement. It is a class in which students will work in teams to propose, design, implement, document, and demonstrate a Web Application with a significant database component. All teams are required to use Java Enterprise Edition 6 to build their web applications; the necessary technology will be introduced in the first few weeks of the semester. Specific Java EE 6 technologies to be used: Servlet 3.0, JSF 2.0, JPA 2.0, Managed Beans, Dependency Injection, etc.
  • CECS 492: Computer Networking Project offered by Dr. Englert also satisfies the computer science senior project/capstone requirement. This course explores multicore programming. Intel Corporation has set up a special remote system that allows faculty and students to work with computers with lots of cores, called the Manycore Testing Lab (MTL). In this course, teams will develop programs (using Intel TBB) that use multi-core parallelism, upload and run them on the MTL, and explore the issues in parallelism and concurrency that arise.
  • CECS 455: Introduction to Game Programming. This spring's Introduction to Game Programming will be offered by Dr Don V Black, a seasoned veteran of the software engineering industry, Chair of the IEEE Video Game Engineers Special Interest Group (GameSIG), and founding member of the IEEE Game Technology Task Force. Members of these organizations have worked at such historic ground breaking game development companies as Quicksilver Software, Dreamscape, Blizzard Entertainment, GameSpy, Javaground, Shiny Entertainment, Swinging Ape Studios, Taldren, Troika Games, the US Army, and others. We look forward to hosting class presentations by team members of these game development companies and other local game industry leaders.
    • Dr Black has an MS from UCI in the Information and Computer Sciences with a concentration in Visual Computing. His PhD is from the UCI School of Engineering, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science with a concentration in Computer Graphics and Visualization. His MS and PhD theses were on Viewing Special Relativity and Visualizing Extra Spatial Dimensions, respectively.
    • Dr Black's professional career has included work on the NAS “TOPGUN” training system, as seen in the movie of the same name, as well as consulting for NASA, and participating in the development of Targeting and Navigation Systems, Flight Simulators, and Flight Management Systems for the defense industry.
    • This course will lead the student through the programming of sound, graphics, interactivity, and Artificial Intelligence. The dedicated neophyte game developer can expect to segue into the Sound & Fury of full 3D game play, time permitting. Initially, games will be developed in C# for the popular Microsoft XBox360, providing the student with real hands-on experience with game console development. Advanced students wishing to tackle non-credit projects, will be encouraged to experiment with C++ and OpenGL to implement 3D [interplanetary] flight simulations.

Curriculum

Students may have noticed that the catalog information available on the CECS department website for the programs offered in our department are not the most recent. Please do not rely on this information. Unfortunately, this information is not the most recent. Furthermore, students should always consult the catalog which corresponds to the year in which they declared their major.

Scholarships

CSU Doctoral Incentive Program

The CSU Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program (CDIP) for the 2011/2012 academic year]] has been announced. The purpose of the Program is to increase the number of individuals who demonstrate potential as doctoral students and who may be interested in applying for future CSU instructional faculty positions.

The CDI loan is $10,000 per year for three years and forgivable for those with full- or part-time teaching appointments at a CSU campus. Recipients must be CSU employees in order to receive loan forgiveness. Being awarded the CDI loan is not a guarantee of employment at the CSU. Each applicant is required to have a full-time tenure/tenure-track CSU faculty advisor who will provide professional mentoring and networking opportunities throughout the student's educational experience. Applications are available from the Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program website only. The campus deadline for application submission to Brotman Hall is Friday, March 4, 2011. Applicants should bring or mail the completed application to Kathleen Hollwig, Assistant to Vice Provost Lindsay, Office of Academic Affairs, Brotman Hall, Room 303.

California Space Grant Consortium scholarship

The California Space Grant Consortium will award 30 to 40 undergraduate research scholarships, ranging from $1,500 to $2,000, to students attending its affiliate member institutions, who are pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). This competitively awarded program engages the future STEM workforce in basic and/or applied aero/space-related research projects and facilitates the development of mentor relationships between students, faculty, and the NASA Community.

Applicants should carry out their research project at their home institution during the 2010-2011 academic year, with project initiation in the second semester of the academic year. All research projects must be conducted under the general supervision of the applicant's research mentor.

Eligibility Requirements. The applicant must be:

  • pursuing a bachelor's degree in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics discipline of interest to NASA or working at a NASA center or aero/space industry.
  • classified as a junior or senior at a CaSGC affiliate member university/college during the 2010-2011 academic year.
  • conducting or proposing to conduct an aero/space-related research project under the direct supervision of a research mentor.
  • in good academic standing with a GPA of 3.0 or above (out of 4.0).
  • a U.S. citizen (permanent residents are not eligible).

Applicants are eligible to receive a total of two Undergraduate Research Experience Scholarships during their academic studies.

Application

  • Interested students must complete an online application that includes the submission of: unofficial transcripts (uploaded as a PDF file) and a letter of recommendation from the student's current or proposed research mentor. Once the application has been submitted, the mentor will be contacted, via email, with instructions on how to submit the on-line letter of recommendation. Students are encouraged to communicate this process with their mentor
  • The on-line is due: December 1, 2010

Department of Energy Scholars Program

The Department of Energy Scholars Program is now accepting applications for Summer 2011. The deadline to apply is January 31, 2011.

The Department of Energy Scholars Program offers summer internships with stipends of up to $650 per week depending on academic status to undergraduates, graduate students and post graduates at accredited institutes of higher education. Majors accepted include: engineering; physical sciences; environmental sciences; computer science and information technology; physics; program management; math; statistics; safety and health; accounting and finance; law; and other related discipline areas. Requirements include: U.S. Citizenship; 18 years of age or older; and a cumulative GPA of 2.90/4.00. Internships provide participants with the opportunity to conduct hands-on research while showcasing their education, talent and skills. Interns will also have a unique opportunity to explore the options for federal careers with DOE.

Visit the DoE Scholars Program Description for more information and to apply.

Scholarships for Service

The Naval Postgraduate School Center for Information Systems Security Studies and Research (NPS CISR) offers the Scholarship for Service Program which is designed to increase and strengthen the cadre of federal information assurance professionals that protect the government's critical information infrastructure. This program provides scholarships that fully fund the typical costs that students pay for tuition while earning a Graduate Degree in Computer Science. Additionally, participants receive stipends of around $30,000/yr to cover housing and books. The scholarships are funded through grants awarded by the National Science Foundation. In return, the students are required to work for a government agency for 2 years. The program has 100% job placement. The Naval Postgraduate School is located in Monterey, CA, but graduates can work in a city of their choice after program completion.

The Naval Postgraduate School has the highest annual stipend and there is absolutely no military affiliation for this program. The Our website contains any additional information you may need: http://cisr.nps.edu/

CISR is America's foremost center for defense-related research and education in Information Assurance (IA), Inherently Trustworthy Systems (ITC), and defensive information warfare.

The Naval Postgraduate School has the highest annual stipend and there is absolutely no military affiliation for this program.

The NPS CISR Scholarships website contains additional information.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Scholarship Program

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Scholarship Program supports students interested in pursuing the basic science and technology innovations that can be applied to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security mission.

Requirements

  • Undergraduate students
  • U.S. citizenship required
  • Funding available for Fall 2011
  • Full tuition and monthly stipends
  • Includes 10-week summer internships at federal research facilities or DHS Centers of Excellence
  • Application Deadline: January 5, 2011

Complete information is available online at DHS Scholarship Program and questions can be sent via e-mail

UC Santa Barbara Graduate Program

The Computer Science Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) is inviting applications for its PhD and MS programs (application deadline is December 15th). The PhD positions at UCSB are fully funded by the Department. Each admitted student receives either a fellowship, a research assistantship (RA) or a teaching assistantship (TA), or some combination thereof, to cover his/her living and educational expenses. Students can apply to the PhD program directly after obtaining their undergraduate degrees in computer science or in a related field of science or engineering. MS students are not guaranteed funding but many are hired as TAs and some transition to the PhD program.

More information about the CS Graduate Program at UCSB is available online, including rankings, research areas, employers of graduate of the program,

For questions regarding the application process please contact the department via e-mail.

Internships and Jobs

INROADS Internship

INROADS is an excellent internship program that gives students the opportunity to intern with Fortune 500 companies for consecutive summers and increases the chances of employment upon graduation. The mission of INROADS is to develop and place talented youth in business and industry and prepare them for corporate and community leadership. This program offers you a paid internship experience (between $4,000 - $10,000 per summer), challenging assignments, corporate mentorship, and professional leadership training. Internships are available for the following majors: business, management, marketing, accounting, engineering, finance, liberal arts, science, sales, and nursing. Internships are available with the following companies: Boeing, KPMG, Mattel, Deloitte, Target, Kaiser Permanente, Raytheon, PriceWaterHouse Coopers, Metlife, Travelers Insurance, United Health Group, Liberty Mutual, Pfizer, Southern California Edison, Toyota, and many more.

ESRI Summer Internship Program

Esri is a company that provides geographic information system (GIS) technology. They have several opportunities listed on the Esri University Recruiting website. Including in those opportunities is a summer internship program. Internships are available at Esri headquarters in Redlands, California, and in regional offices throughout the United States. Each internship is a paid position and will be up to 12 weeks long. They also provide internships throughout the year, not just in summer, so visit their website for more information about careers at Esri.

Also, Esri has an International User Conference for which they offer a Student Assistantship Program. Check out their website for more information and to apply.

Naval Research Enterprise Intern Program

The Naval Research Enterprise Intern Program (NREIP), provides an opportunity for students to participate in research at a Department of Navy (DoN) laboratory during the summer.

The goals of the NREIP are to encourage participating students to pursue science and engineering careers, to further education via mentoring by laboratory personnel and their participation in research, and to make them aware of DoN research and technology efforts, which can lead to employment within the DoN.

The Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program (NREIP) is a ten week summer research opportunity for undergraduate Juniors & Seniors, and Graduate students, under the guidance of a mentor, at a participating Navy Laboratory. The stipend amounts for the program are $7,690 for undergraduate students and $10,250 for graduate students. U.S. citizenship required; Permanent residents accepted at certain labs. New this year, all eligible students who attend an accredited 4 yr U.S. college/university are eligible to apply.

The online application must be completed by January 7, 2011. All accompanying documents (official transcripts and reference letters) are due by January 14, 2011. For additional information and to apply, view the NREIP Program Details web page.

Internet Brands: IT Help Desk Intern

Los Angeles based Internet Brands (NASDAQ: INET) is currently seeking bright, motivated IT Support Interns to provide Email, Networking, Mobile and PC desktop support to our staff. The IT Support personnel are first in the line of assistance for all end users in the company.

Full information about the position is available online. The position is located in Los Angeles (El Segundo - near LAX).

NASA Student Airborne Research Program

The 2011 Student Airborne Research Program is sponsored by NASA. The National Suborbital Education and Research Center at the University of North Dakota organizes the program for NASA. The program gives a total research experience to the students starting with lectures from university research faculty and NASA staff on all aspects of airborne research, hands on experience with airborne instrumentation, flight experience on a research data flight, sample and data analysis, and preparation and presentation of their research results.

The 6 week program will be run from two locations in California, the University of California at Irvine campus and the NASA Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale, CA. The 2010 program included 29 students from 24 universities from all areas of the country. Three outstanding student presentations were selected for presentation at the NASA booth at the 2010 American Geophysical Union's Fall Meeting in San Francisco, CA this December.

Visit the 2011 Student Airborne Research Program website for more information and application materials.

Science Education Programs at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

The Science Education Programs at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) offers opportunities for undergraduate students and graduate students as well as faculty to be engaged in a scientific learning experience. See website for more details.

Southern California Edison internships in IT

The College Relations Program at Southern California Edison is looking to recruit a small number of interns for the IT department.

Interested students should review the Edison International Careers website and also contact Freddy Rivera via e-mail, the recruiter for the College Relations Program at Southern California Edison.

National Energy Technology Laboratory Internships

The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) sponsors education programs, including internships, through Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE). The Professional Internship Program is designed to introduce undergraduate and graduate students to the challenges of conducting energy research. Visit the Professional Internship Program website for more information and to apply.

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