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Brittany Reedman Receives TCNJ Blue and Gold Award

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Brittany Reedman (Class of 2018)

Computer Science and Mathematics double major Brittany Reedman (class of 2018) has been inducted into the TCNJ Blue and Gold Award Hall of Fame!  The Blue and Gold Awards honor students who have made significant and continual contributions to The College of New Jersey community as student leaders.   Students are nominated by faculty members and awardees are selected by a committee.  Brittany was the only sophomore of the ten awardees who were inducted on the evening of Wednesday, April 20 in the Education Building.

 “When I found out I was nominated for the Blue and Gold Hall of Fame, I was so grateful for having professors that believe in me and thought I would be deserving of such an award,” Reedman said.  “With a school full of so many amazing leaders, all with a strong presence at TCNJ, I thought actually receiving the award was a long shot.  After discovering I was chosen for the Blue and Gold Hall of Fame, I was truly honored and now am more determined than ever to make my last two years here as impactful as possible.”

In addition to her academic achievements, Brittany’s accomplishments in the TCNJ community are equally impressive.  She is a member of TCNJ’s honors program, plays on the college varsity tennis team, serves as secretary of the TCNJ chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and is president of the Women in Computer Science (WICS) organization.

As the WICS president, Brittany has invited inspirational and successful women in the computing field to speak to and meet with CS students.  She also introduced “Lean In Circles” based on the concept popularized by Sheryl Sandberg, CEO of Facebook, to provide an improved sense of community within the organization and to create a support structure for members.

In fall 2015, she applied for and received a very competitive scholarship that enabled her to attend the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing held in October 2015, in Houston, Texas.  The Grace Hopper Conference is the largest annual international gathering of women in the computing fields.

Brittany has also served as a student volunteer for many Computer Science open house and high school outreach events, and also helped organize and run the February 2016 HackTNCJ event.

Congratulations to Brittany on receiving this prestigious TCNJ award!

If you’d like additional information about the Blue and Gold Awards, please view the Office of Student Activities webpage.

Celebration of Computing Schedule: Spring 2016

Please view the schedule of presentations and list of student evaluators for the Celebration of Computing (coinciding with TCNJ’s Celebration of Student Achievement).   All presentations will take place on Wednesday, May 5 from 1:00 – 2:30 PM on Forcina’s 4th floor.

Schedule of Presentations (Spring 2016)

List of Student Evaluators (Spring 2016)

Please contact cs@tcnj.edu if you have any additional questions.

Senior Computer Science Student Awarded hackNY Fellowship

Article written by Dr. Deborah Knox

Christopher Hranj, Class of 2016, has been selected to participate in a 10-week summer fellowship program sponsored by hackNY.  This competitive program was founded in 2010 to “create and empower a community of student-technologists” and is supporting 27 students this summer.
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This is an opportunity for participants from around the world to advance their quantitative and computational skills in a hacking community.  Each Fellow contributes as an employee of a vetted New York City startup company that demonstrates innovative technology application and provides a strong mentoring environment for the student.  Projects draw upon students’ skills in software engineering, front-end and back-end support, design, and data science.  The intensive program pairs up “the best technical minds with great NY startups.” In addition to receiving technical and career advice from their mentors, twice a week the students engage in a curated speaker series with leaders from the NYC startup community.

Chris is looking forward to all the Fellowship offers and to working at BuzzFeed this summer where he anticipates supporting back-end services in a Python environment.  He knows that this experience will help him plan for his next steps in his post-graduate job search.  This is not Chris’ first experience in a startup environment; last summer he landed an internship with Twilio, located in San Francisco.

“BuzzFeed is a cross-platform, global network for news and entertainment that generates six billion views each month. BuzzFeed creates and distributes content for a global audience and utilizes proprietary technology to continuously test, learn and optimize.”  BuzzFeed.com

Chris spoke about his motivation to participate in the hackNY program and his expectations:

“I’ve had a number of like-minded friends from various years go through the program and heard nothing but incredible things from them about their experiences. I was encouraged to apply by many of them and actually applied last year but was not accepted. After attending hackNY’s hackathon in 2015 I became even more interested in the program because of how well it seemed to cater to students with a “hacker” mentality similar to my own.

I hope to get a sense of what it’s like working in a fast-paced startup environment. Working with a company that drives so much traffic to their site is going to be a truly enlightening experience. I also hope to build an awesome network of friends/coworkers amongst this year’s and the previous year’s fellows. Lastly, I hope to learn about what it takes to found and build a successful startup.”
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Congratulations to Chris for being selected for this competitive hackNY Fellows program!  We wish him great success in the vibrant environment at BuzzFeed and look forward to hearing more about his projects and experiences living and working in NYC.

Fall 2016 Registration Wait List

Attention students:  The Fall 2016 wait list is now closed.  Any available seats in CSC courses have been released. Please continue to check PAWS to see if any students drop courses between now and the beginning of the semester.  Seats in CSC 220 may become available in the summer after entering freshman have been registered.

You will be contacted via email if the department has questions concerning your wait list submission.

The registration period for Fall 2016 courses is April 5 – 15, 2016.  Some seats have been reserved for CS majors in all CSC courses. Please check the registration newsletter for additional information on options courses offered in Fall 2016.  After your registration window opens, if the class you need is closed, put yourself on the waiting list using the form here:

 Be sure read all directions and to enter all the information requested.

We will not be signing students into courses until Monday, April 18, after the registration window closes. Please do not email the department for updates before this time.   We will enroll students into any unfilled seats in order, based on their registration times and time they registered on the wait list.

Please be sure that your intended course does not conflict with a course in your current schedule, and that you are willing to drop conflicting courses to make the change.  If you have a full course load or time conflict and do not indicate courses to drop on your wait-list submission, your submission will be disregarded.

As always, please have a back-up plan in case you are not able to get into your preferred courses.

Fall 2016 Wait-list: Computer Science

The registration period for Fall 2016 courses is April 5 – 15, 2016.  Some seats have been reserved for CS majors in all CSC courses. Please check the registration newsletter for additional information on options courses offered in Fall 2016.  After your registration window opens, if the class you need is closed, put yourself on the waiting list using the form here:

 Be sure read all directions and to enter all the information requested.

We will not be signing students into courses until Monday, April 18, after the registration window closes. Please do not email the department for updates before this time.   We will enroll students into any unfilled seats in order, based on their registration times and time they registered on the wait list.

Please be sure that your intended course does not conflict with a course in your current schedule, and that you are willing to drop conflicting courses to make the change.  If you have a full course load or time conflict and do not indicate courses to drop on your wait-list submission, your submission will be disregarded.

Computer Science Students Selected for Interdisciplinary Research Experiences in Computational Biology

Prepared by Dr. Deborah Knox, March 31, 2016

Two Computer Science students have been selected for participation in undergraduate research programs this summer. Angela Huang (Class of 2017) will be in St. Louis, Missouri and Elisa Idrobo (Class of 2018) will head to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for a Research Experiences for Undergraduate (REU) program. Both programs will provide mentorship as the students conduct independent research guided by university faculty, graduate students, and post-doctoral students. Each student will also participate in career development workshops, and will engage in social, intellectual, and cultural experiences while exploring her host city.


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Angela Huang (Class of 2017)

Angela Huang has been selected as an Amgen Scholar at Washington University in St. Louis, where she plans to participate in research supporting algorithm development in computational biology.  This is not the first REU experience for Angela, who is currently a junior.  During Summer 2015, she participated in an REU at Louisiana State University, focusing her research on “Computational Forensics: Creating a Digital Environment for Facial Synthesis and Reconstruction” during Summer 2015.

Angela shares, “I applied to this Amgen program because of its focus on biomedical research. As a computer science major, I have come to appreciate how interdisciplinary this field can be. It’s exciting to be able to apply what I have learned in my courses to open problems in domains that can benefit from improved computational techniques. Biology is an excellent example of such a domain.  I plan to apply to graduate school for computer science, with a focus in the area of computational biology. I am positive that this summer experience will be a wonderful learning opportunity that will help prepare me for my future goals.”


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Elisa Idrobo (Class of 2018)

Elisa Idrobo is looking forward to TECBio REU at the University of Pittsburgh this summer.  The TECBio program focuses on the “simulation and visualization of biological systems at multiple scales.”  Elisa will be mentored by Pitt and Carnegie Mellon University professors, and anticipates working on an interdisciplinary project such as exploring algorithms for drug discovery, the use of machine learning to predict protein-protein interaction, or computer simulations of biological systems.  There will be weekly seminars and a journal club for REU students to analyze and present current research articles.  Last summer, Elisa participated in an interdisciplinary research project, “Detecting Calling Male Frogs Above the Background Chorus Noise”, where she created a Java based simulation of a model in the TCNJ Mentored Undergraduate Summer Experience (MUSE) research program in 2015.

Elisa is seeking connections between fields: “I’m interested in biology and want to explore how  it can be related to computer science. This summer I hope to gain more experience in doing research and have a better idea of whether I want to continue on to grad school after graduation.”

Congratulations to Angela and Elisa for being selected to participate in these summer REU opportunities!

Computer Science Registration Newsletter: Fall 2016

Please see the department’s Fall 2016 registration newsletter for information on courses offered, CS options, and the course schedule.   You can also find links to the department’s advising webpage, registration wait-list, and the four-year planner.

Newsletters are additionally posted in all computer labs and classrooms on Forcina’s 4th floor.

Joie Murphy Awarded NIST Undergraduate Research Fellowship for 2016


Article written by Dr. Deborah Knox

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Joie Murphy (Class of 2017)

Computer Science junior Joie Murphy (Class of 2017) has been awarded a prestigious research fellowship for an 11-week summer program at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Maryland.  Through a national and highly competitive application process, Joie was selected to participate in the NIST Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program. The SURF program is sponsored by NIST and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

During her fellowship during Summer 2016, Joie will be working in the area of user interface design under the guidance of Dr. Spencer Breiner and Dr. Eswaran Subrahmanian.  Joie’s project, User Interface Design for Terminology Generation, will focus on the design and implementation of both curator and end-user interfaces for a domain specific system that employs rule- and root-based generation of terminology.  Dr. Breiner is a member of the Software and Systems Division, Cyber-infrastructure research group, serving in a post-doctoral position.  Dr. Subrahmanian is a Fellow of the American Association of Advancement of Science (AAAS) and is also a member of the Cyber-infrastructure research group.

Joie shares her thoughts about the SURF opportunity“I am really looking forward to being a part of the NIST SURF Program for this upcoming summer. I was interested in applying to NIST because of the hands on nature of the work and the great number of applications of computer science to topics that they offer projects in. I believe that this program will allow me to improve my abilities as a computer science student and as a researcher by allowing me to be amongst likeminded peers. I plan to continue on to graduate school so I am hopeful that this will be a rewarding experience with the potential to shape my future research interests.”

Joie will be working in the Information Technology Laboratory (ITL) at NIST. The fellowship program is designed to provide hands-on research experiences in a number of areas, including computer security, information access, software testing, networking, and communications technologies.  ITL has the broad mission to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology through research and development in information technology, mathematics, and statistics.

Congratulations to Joie for being awarded a NIST SURF fellowship!  We look forward to hearing more about her summer experiences and her first-hand knowledge after working in a government lab.

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Call for Goldberg-Neff Scholarship Prize Applications – 2016

Charles H. Goldberg – Norman Neff Scholarship Prize in Computer Science

(Applications due Friday, April 8, 2016 by 3:00 PM)

The Charles H. Goldberg – Norman Neff Scholarship Prize is awarded annually by the Computer Science Department to a student(s) who has/have demonstrated academic excellence in Computer Science and who will be continuing into graduate study in Computer Science.

Eligible students are graduating Computer Science majors who have applied for admission for graduate study in Computer Science. The number of awards and the award amount are at the discretion of the Computer Science Department. The award check will be conveyed to the awardee(s) upon matriculation in a graduate program in Computer Science within one year of the announcement of the award.


How to Apply

Please complete the following form and submit your printed application to Ms. Zsilavetz, Department Program Assistant, in Forcina 413 before the deadline.

1. Name: _____________________________________

2. How can we contact you after graduation?

Phone: _______________________________

E-mail: _______________________________

Postal address _________________________

3. List some of the graduate programs to which you are applying:

4. Please attach a short essay discussing your plans for graduate study.

TCNJ Rideshare App Created by CS Department’s Own Students & Faculty

Shown: Ben Meyer (Class of 2016) presents research from development of the TCNJ Rideshare app.
Shown: Ben Meyer (Class of 2016) presents research from development of the TCNJ Rideshare app.

The TCNJ Rideshare app, developed by mentored research students Ben Meyer (senior CS and IMM double major) and Michael McNally (CS class of 2015) under the direction of Dr. Deborah Knox – is now live. Members of the campus community can use the free app to find people with whom to share rides, thus reducing the carbon footprint of campus.

Dr. Knox was contacted by Dr. Brian Potter, Associate Professor Department Chair of Political Science, in January 2015 as part of the President’s Climate Commitment Committee (PC3) initiative for reducing the greenhouse gas emissions from TCNJ’s campus. Dr. Knox’s research lab has previously developed and produced a number of TCNJ mobile applications, including the TCNJ Campus Tour (iOS version released in 2012, now decommissioned and currently undergoing revision), TCNJ Library (iOS version released in 2012 and revised in 2013), and TCNJ Connect (both iOS 2014 and Android 2015).

The team reviewed existing carpooling software during the spring semester and, through meetings with Dr. Potter and the PC3 members, the group identified the program requirements for the new Rideshare app. Making an easy to use, mobile app was key, according to the PC3 members. Meyer and McNally were each heavily involved in developing storyboards and contributing to code development, and the team reviewed the modules on a weekly basis, with Dr. Knox serving as their campus liaison for privacy and legal logistics, as well as IT needs. The Rideshare app was developed using the Ionic framework and integrated the Google Maps API and an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standard in order to calculate the CO2 emissions saved. McNally developed an extensive vehicle efficiency database with a custom API to support back-end needs. Meyer made additional contributions through the development of an administrator’s portal, which serves the PC3 members, allowing them to recognize overall reduction in greenhouse gases and to report the number of completed shared rides.

After stakeholder testing was conducted with students, faculty, and staff during the fall semester, the app was submitted and published on the Apple Store (iOS) and the Google Play Store (Android) in Fall 2015. The President’s Climate Commitment Committee announced and encouraged use of the TCNJ Rideshare mobile app in February 2016. For more information on how to download and use the app, please see the Rideshare webpage: www.tcnj.edu/rideshare

You can find the Signal’s article on TCNJ Rideshare app’s release online at: 

http://www.tcnjsignal.net/2016/02/23/rideshare-app-aims-to-create-greener-campus/

 

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