Research Experience for Undergraduates
The REU project is a nine week program where students work collaboratively on a wide variety of computational science projects. Ten undergraduate students will be selected to participate in this program, to conduct research with active and experienced research faculty. REU is a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded research program to be held at the University of Central Arkansas concentrating on health information systems. The primary objective of the REU site is to encourage motivated undergraduate students to pursue graduate study and research careers in computer science by providing them a competitive research experience.
The 2012 CS4HS at UCA is a primarily Google sponsored (pending) FREE summer workshop that will prepare both current and future teachers to bring computer science to Arkansas high schools. The workshop is scheduled for July 9-11, 2012. It is open to all high school teachers and college students majoring in STEM education in Arkansas who are enthusiastic about incorporating CS into their curricula.
Acxiom Pledges $200,000 to UCA
University of Central Arkansas Interim President Tom Courtway announced Wednesday that Acxiom Corporation has pledged $200,000 over the next five years in support of the university's Department of Computer Science. The company's gift will help underwrite the hiring of a new, tenure-track faculty member in the Computer Science Department. The department will conduct a national search this fall to hire an outstanding individual to fill the Acxiom Professorship in Computer Science.
Microsoft VP Returns to Alma Mater to Inspire Students
Terri Jordan graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a bachelor's degree in computer science in 1985. Jordan, a native of Morrilton, Ark., has worked as vice president of technology, retail stores for Microsoft since 2009. Before that she spend nearly three years at eBay as vice president of technical operations. In conjunction with Jordan’s visit, the UCA Foundation announced the endowment of the Computer Science Scholarship Fund, which will be used to recruit a diverse group of students to the computer science program.
Congratulations Dr. Sheng
Dr. Victor Sheng has won the best paper award at the 11thIndustrial Conference on Data Mining ICDM 2011. His outstanding paper was titled: "Fast Data Acquisition in Cost-Sensitive Learning." Be sure to congratulate him!
UCA Students' Software Design Places Third in Microsoft Imagine Cup
An automated system designed by two computer science students that allows people to self monitor their diagnosed skin cancer using cell phones won third place in software design in the U.S. finals of the Microsoft Imagine Cup 2011. The Imagine Cup is the world's premier student technology competition sponsored and hosted by Microsoft. This year, 74,000 students from 400 different schools participated in the competition. The top 10 teams competed in the finals held April 9-11 in Redmond, Washington.