2015 Summer CS Graduates

Front L to R:  Dr. Yu Sun, Xiaoqin Fu (M.S.), Whitney Wyche (B.S.), Dr. Ramesh Garimella; Back L to R: Dr. Vamsi Paruchuri, Val Dychok (M.S.), Dr. Sinan Kockara, Guofu Huang (M.S.)

Front L to R: Dr. Yu Sun, Xiaoqin Fu (M.S.), Whitney Wyche (B.S.), Dr. Ramesh Garimella;
Back L to R: Dr. Vamsi Paruchuri, Val Dychok (M.S.), Dr. Sinan Kockara, Guofu Huang (M.S.)

Congratulation to the following students, who received B.S. and M.S. degrees at the 2015 Summer Commencement.

Val Dychok (M.S. Applied Computing); Guofu Huang (M.S. Applied Computing); Xiaoqin Fu (M.S. Applied Computing);   Whitney Wyche (B.S. in Computer Science)

We wish each and everyone the very best in their future endeavors.


Team Bears Unlimited Representing USA on World Finals

The 2013 Microsoft Imagine Cup world finals are going to be held in St. Petersburg, Russia in July 2013. Our team, Bears Unlimited, has been selected to represent the USA for the world title. The team is co-directed by Drs. Halic and Kockara and consists of three undergraduate seniors and a female graduate student.


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.

Grant to Recruit Women to Computer Science Field

Apply Today!

The Computer Science Department at the University of Central Arkansas is offering scholarships to qualified female majors. These scholarships will help build a more female-friendly environment for computing majors by recruiting a cohort of women and retaining them with opportunities for learning, research, service and leadership.


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 UCA students that allows people to self monitor their diagnosed skin cancer using cell phones placed third 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.

Team UCA Ursus — sophomore Brendan Lee of Alma and Muhyeddin Ercan, an international graduate student from Turkey — competed against students from Harvard, Drexel University, University of Pennsylvania, Central Connecticut State University, Wayne State University, University of Michigan, Arizona State University, Brigham Young University, University of California-Los Angeles and University of Arkansas-Little Rock.

Lee and Ercan received a $3,000 prize for their third place finish.

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