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This presentation was presented to students at University of Texas - Brownsville and Texas Southmost College. I talk about internships and networking opportunities available to Computer Science ...

This presentation was presented to students at University of Texas - Brownsville and Texas Southmost College. I talk about internships and networking opportunities available to Computer Science undergraduates, with an emphasis on programs for women and minorities.

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  • How to EnhanceYour UndergraduateEducationValerie Juarez – Lamar University for University of Texas - Brownsville 9/23/2011
  • About Me• Studying Computer Science at Lamar University in Beaumont, TX• Graduate December 2011 with a B.S. in Computer Science and Minor in Mathematics• Applying to graduate schools • Human Computer Interaction
  • Research Experience for UndergraduatesREU
  • NSF-REUs• Site consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates who work at the host institution.• Each student is associated with a specific research project.• Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel.• http://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/ • Look by institution or topic • Information may not be completely updated
  • CRA-W/CDC• Computer Research Association’s Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W) • “The goal of the CRA Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W) is to take positive action to increase the number of women participating in Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) research and education at all levels.”• Coalition to Diversify Computing (CDC) 1. Recruitment of minority undergraduates to MS/PhD. programs 2. Retention of minority graduate students enrolled in MS/PhD. programs 3. Transition of minority MS/PhD. graduates into academia and industry
  • Distributed REU (DREU)• Program matches accepted applicants with a faculty mentor for a summer research experience at the faculty members home institution. Students are directly involved in a research project and interact with graduate students and professors on a daily basis.• Funding for the student consists of a weekly stipend plus relocation travel assistance when appropriate. A students funding is intended to cover 10 weeks of research during the summer. Additional funds may be available to support student conference travel, either during the summer or afterward, and for outreach activities promoting DREU.
  • Collaborative REU (CREU)• The program is designed to provide positive research experiences for teams of undergraduates who will work during the academic year and optionally the following summer at their home institutions (provided they havent graduated before the summer)• Student(s) and faculty mentor draft and submit a project proposal. • Projects must be either directly related to computing or, in the case of multidisciplinary projects, contain a significant research component in computer science or computing.
  • Comparison of DREU andCREU Source: http://cra-w.org/undergrad-research-program-comparison
  • OPEN SOURCE PROJECTS
  • GNOME Internship • For women • Full time (40 hr/wk) internship • Programming, graphic design, documentation, marketing • Work with a mentor • http://live.gnome.org/Gnome Women/
  • Google Summer of Code• Google Summer of Code offers students stipends to write code for open source projects.• Gain exposure to real-world software development scenarios and the opportunity for employment in areas related to their academic pursuits.• Look at previous projects for ideas.
  • Workshops and ConferencesOTHER OPPORTUNITIES
  • Discipline Specific Workshop(CRA-W / CDC)• Goal is to increase participation of members of underrepresented groups within a specific research area by providing career mentoring advice and discipline-specific overviews of past accomplishments and future research directions.• http://cra-w.org/discipline-specific-mentoring-workshops • For past and future workshop dates• Past topics include: • Multicore Systems, Databases, Pervasive Computing and more• Applications requirements vary• Travel and lodging costs will be reimbursed after attendance
  • Grace Hopper Celebration -Scholarship• GHC scholarships cover a combination of conference registration (which includes most meals), lodging, and fixed amount of travel reimbursement funds.• Deadline is usually around May 31 • Need one faculty reference • Essay • Resume• In the past, successful applicants have received substantial matching funds from their departments or sponsoring companies. • Recommendations for alternate funding are on the scholarship page of the conference website.
  • GHC - Hopper• Hoppers are volunteers who work at the Grace Hopper Celebration in exchange for free conference registration.• Hoppers are responsible for their own travel expenses, including airfare and hotel.• Most Hoppers work 2 shifts of 4 hours each, for a total of 8 hours. • Assignments include monitoring sessions, staffing registration, greeting attendees, selling shirts and posters, and more • May miss some conference sessions.• Good way to meet other GHC attendees.
  • Richard Tapia Celebration ofDiversity in Computing• Conference every two years, next one spring 2013.• The scholarships cover travel, hotel, and conference registration.• Scholarship attendees can volunteer at the conference, but it isn’t mandatory.• Application due around January or February. • One faculty reference • Essay • Resume
  • International Symposium onComputer Architecture• Technical Conference• Next conference in Portland, Oregon during June 9-13th, 2012• Travel Grant application due around the beginning of May • Essay describing reasons for attending ISCA and your research interests • Resume
  • ACM-W Scholarships forAttendance at ResearchConferences• 10 scholarships of up to $600 will be awarded for intra- continental conference travel, and 10 scholarships of up to $1200 will be awarded for intercontinental conference travel.• The student does not have to present a paper at the conference she attends• If the award is for attendance at one of several ACM special interest group conferences (SIGACCESS, SIGACT, SIGARCH, SIGCOMM, SIGCSE, SIGDA, SIG ECOM, SIGGRAPH, SIGIR, SIGITE, SIGMOBILE, SIGOPS, SIGPLAN , and SIGSOFT) the SIG will provide complementary conference registration and a mentor during the conference.
  • Association for ComputerEducators in Texas• State Conference • Past conference site include: Austin, Corpus Christi, League City (Houston area)• Submit research in student poster competition • Deadline usually mid August • Cash prize: 1st $250, 2nd $150, 3rd $100• No scholarship - $25 student registration fee
  • MY EXPERIENCES
  • INSPIRED - Research• Conducted research in Computer Systems under Dr. Jane Liu• Implemented a compression technique in M5 simulator
  • INSPIRED - Outreach• High School and Middle School Academies • Robotics • Animation • Scratch • Web Lab• Road Shows
  • CREU – Java Gone Green • Develop Adaptable Teaching Materials • 5 lessons • Teach Basic Computing Concepts Through Game Programming • Uses Greenfoot
  • Conferences• Grace Hopper Celebration, 2009 and 2010 • Resume Database open to everyone• Tapia Diversity in Computing Conference, 2009• International Symposium on Computer Architecture, 2009• Association for Computer Educators in Texas Conference 2009, 2010, and 2011
  • Thank You!Any Questions?