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CECS Newsletter 15 for AY 2007/08

February 23 2008

by Dr. A. Monge

Announcements

Newsletter Contributions

If you'd like to contribute to this newsletter, feel free to send contributions to Dr. Monge amonge@csulb.edu. Contributions can range from notification of jobs, internships, fellowships, and scholarships to announcements of campus events, and questions you'd like answered which would be relevant to the recipients of the newsletter.

Fall 2008 schedule of classes

You can use MyCSULB to search the Fall 2008 schedule of classes, all you have to do is choose Fall 2008 as the term when you search for classes. By searching for course numbers "greater than or equal" to 100 in our department, you'll be able to view all CECS classes in one result. At this stage, all departments should have completed their schedules so what you find via MyCSULB should reflect the schedule that will be printed. There may still be changes of course, but I would expect such changes to be minor and thus you can start planning your Fall 2008 semester.

Around Campus

Engineering, Science and Technology Job Fair

Thursday, February 28, 12pm-4pm in the University Student Union. You may want to see a list of registered employers as maintained by the Career Development Center.

Internship Essay Competition

Write an essay on How your Internship Experience has influenced your career choice and you could be awarded up to $700!!

$200 will be awarded to one student selected from each College Finalist will be recognized and receive certificates and cash awards at a reception. An additional $500 will be awarded to one of the College winners as the university wide recipient.

The competition is open to any student who has participated in an internship, practicum, fieldwork, or student teaching assignment during Fall 2006, Spring 2007, Summer 2007, or Fall 2007. The work experience must be a minimum of 120 hours. Previous winners are not eligible.

A typed, double spaced essay of no more than 4 pages about: How your Internship Experience has influenced your career choice.

Include a cover page with your: student name, address, phone number, email, major, field experience site, name and title of site supervisor, and name of instructor or faculty advisor.

Submit essay by 5:00 PM Wednesday, February 27, 2008 to the Career Development Center, BH-250.

For more Information contact the Internship Program Office at interns@careers.csulb.edu and visit the Career Development Center website

Industry News

Student Organizations

General

Student Organizations wishing to announce their meetings in this newsletter can send the information to Dr. Monge amonge@csulb.edu.

ACM Student Chapter

The goal of the ACM Student Chapter is to advance the science and application of information technology by providing students with real world information through guest speakers, workshops, seminars, projects, and other activities. Information about job trends, internships, and scholarships is always updated to help students take a stand in their future career.

The ACM Student Chapter currently has several on-going projects such as OLPC, game development, programming team and competition, and Imagine Cup. Regular meetings are on Mondays at 12:00PM. Location is to be announced. Visit http://csulb.acm.org/ for more information.

EAT

EAT is a club for computer enthusiasts in every area, with a special emphasis on embedded systems design. Our members are involved in various design competitions and work in teams to be successful. We offer candy and drinks when you need them most, and through our networking connections with industry professionals, the possibilities for job placement through involvement with EAT are endless! Come to have fun and learn at the same time! Our general body meetings are held each Tuesday at 4pm in ECS-304, and we generally meet on Thursdays at the same time and location for student-led workshops or presentations from industry professionals. Please visit our website Embedded Applications Technology, contact the secretary secretary@eatsociety.org, or stop by our office in ECS-303 for more information.

Internship/Scholarship/Fellowship Information

2008 Swiss Summer Program now accepting applications

Applications from students are now being accepted to participate in the 2008 Swiss Summer Program in Computer Science. As in the previous summer, we will be accepting 10 students from CSULB to participate in this program. These students will join students from San Jose State University, Arizona State University, and HEIG-VD (organizers and sponsors). The cost for travel and accommodations are covered by our hosts at HEIG-VD.

Faculty from each of the participating Universities will lead classes in different subjects. Students will enroll in approximately four of these courses.

  • Bioinformatics
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Security and computer networks
  • Ubiquitous computing
  • Software Engineering
  • Search Engine Technology

For full information on this program including full course descriptions, please visit Dr. Monge's website on the Swiss Summer Program. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Alvaro Monge via e-mail amonge@csulb.edu

NSF REU Site at Harvey Mudd in Pomona, CA

This is another reminder of the great opportunities available through the NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Programs. The NSF's Research Experience for Undergraduates program provides a great opportunity for students to go to another institution and experience real research as part of a small group of undergraduate researchers. The program funds food and housing for the students, and pays them too.

Here is a description of one such opportunity nearby. FYI, Harvey Mudd is consistently ranked at or near the top of Undergraduate Engineering Programs. Emphasis on the description has been added.

HMC Summer REU Program

In this ten-week summer research program (which begins on June 2, 2008, and runs until August 8, 2008; for complete information see the Harvey Mudd REU website), we recruit ten undergraduate students (typically juniors) to work on three research projects.

Part of our goal in this program is to recreate key elements of the graduate-school experience in a ten-week summer program. Whether you are merely curious about better understanding what research in graduate school would be like, or planning to apply to graduate school but want concrete research experience to improve your attractiveness to top schools, our program is likely to be attractive to you.

One of Harvey Mudd College's claims to fame is that we treat our undergraduates like graduate students – *undergraduates* are the primary research collaborators for many of our faculty. That aspect of Mudd has never been more true than in this program. In the REU, *you* will be a major part of advancing the state of the art in a given field – you won't be on the sidelines filling in an inconsequential piece of the puzzle, instead your work will be front and center, much as it would be in graduate school. In our REU program (unlike some others), you'll meet daily with your faculty mentor to discuss progress and work together as peers to plot your course, with the ultimate goal of high-quality, publishable research results.

Our summer REU site has projects that fall under a broad "computer systems" umbrella, with specific projects in

  • Garbage Collection (great for students who enjoyed programming-

languages or operating-systems classes);

  • Robot Vision (great for students who enjoyed AI and systems

classes); and

  • Intelligent Music Software (great for students who enjoyed AI,

software development, and are interested in how computers can help enhance musical creativity).

Feedback from the previous three years of our program indicate that students feel that our program is intellectually demanding but also satisfying and enormously fun.

THE APPLICATION DEADLINE IS 14 MARCH (INCLUDING RECOMMENDATION LETTERS), which means you will probably want to apply well before the deadline to give your recommendation writers a chance to turn in their letters, too.

For more details (e.g., project details, stipends, on-site accommodation, etc.) and to apply, please visit the Harvey Mudd REU website

The USA is a diverse country, and we eagerly desire applicants that reflect that diversity – in particular, underrepresented groups such as women, racial minorities, and members of economically disadvantaged groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Often members of these groups are more uncertain than most about whether they should continue on to graduate school – our program is a great opportunity to help you better understand your options, and it's also a great way to spend your summer.

NSF REU Site at Trinity University in San Antonio, TX

Here's another great NSF REU opportunity. San Antonio is a great place to be and Trinity University is a highly regarded private university. Here is information about their REU, again emphasis added.

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 & multi-agent systems problems. We will use multi-agent systems to simulate social environments. This experience will benefit students who are interested in real-world problems.

Deadline for application: March 31, 2008.

Eligibility: Funding is limited to United States citizens or US permanent residents. Women and minorities are particularly encouraged to apply.

Funding: Each participant will receive - a stipend of $4,000 - free housing in university dormitories - travel expenses to and from San Antonio - an afternoon refreshment break everyday and a social gathering dinner per week.

For more information go to the Trinity University REU website

Jobs

Branch Interactive seeks Web Developer/Programmer

Branch Interactive, Inc. is a web design firm in Costa Mesa, CA. The company currently has an opening described below.

  • Title: Web Developer/ Programmer
  • Location: Costa Mesa,CA
  • Type: Full time/Part Time
  • Description: Branch Interactive (www.Branchint.com) is a cutting-edge web development firm specializing in building web and technology projects for graphic design, marketing, and advertising companies. Branch Interactive is looking for a new qualified member to join our professional services team and take part in innovative and exciting web projects. Successful candidates will excel in their respective skill set. This position offers excellent opportunities for advancement and professional growth.
  • Required Skills and Experience:
    1. Knowledge in ASP.NET (1.1 and 2.0)
    2. Experience in web development
  • Additional Preferred Skills:
    1. B.S. in Computer Science (or equivalent work experience)
    2. Proficient in the following:
      1. C#.net, VB.net, C++.net, J#.net
      2. HTML/XHTML
      3. CSS/PHP/Java Script
      4. MS SQL Server
      5. Flash/Dreamweaver
  • Qualities:
    1. Upbeat attitude and great communication skills
    2. Goal oriented
    3. Ability to work independently as well as part of a team
  • Compensation: Dependent upon experience
  • To apply for this position please e-mail your resume and be prepared to provide code samples. E-mail resumes to Becky Reinhardt, email:rreinhardt@branchbt.com

Engineering, Science and Technology Job Fair at CSULB

The Engineering, Science and Technology Job Fair will be on February 28, 2008 from 12pm-4pm at the University Student Union. The Career Development Center maintains a List of employers that will be at the job fair. They also provide a handout on Making the Most of the Job Fair (PDF).

Quote of the Week

Computers do not solve problems - computers carry out solutions, specified by people, to problems.

By "D. D. Spencer" as it appears in Quotations for CS1

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