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School of Science February Career Events

School of Science February Career Events

Read below for some upcoming events for science majors!

School of Science Career Advising Hours

Have your resume critiqued, get a quick personal statement review, or discuss graduate school plans in Physics 104 on Tuesdays from 1:15 to 3:15 PM starting Tuesday, February 14!

Go to your Handshake account and select appointment type “School of Science Career Advising Hours” to schedule a 1:1 session with Jennifer Broyles from the Office of Career & Leadership Development.
1:1 Sessions are a max of 20 minutes and sign-up is required at least 12 hours in advance.


Virtual Spring Career and Internship Fair

Wednesday, February 23
1:00 to 2:00PM


Services to Use: Career Advising and Resume Critiques

Make An Appointment. Can’t make Science Advising hours, but still need advice on your job or internship search? Preparing for Graduate School? Want to practice for an interview? We’re here to discuss all of this and more. Visit Handshake and schedule an appointment today.

Resume Reviews. Schedule a 15-minute resume review session that fits your busy schedule!

CS Alumnus and Dr. Papamichail’s Research Published in New Computational Biology Textbook

Pictured: Numaan Cheema (Class of 2021) and his son, Husain, who was born during the Spring 2021 semester.

Congratulations to CS alumnus Numaan Cheema (Class of 2021) and Dr. Dimitris Papamichail, who have authored a chapter, titled “Computational Tools for Synthetic Gene Optimization”, that has been included in New Frontiers and Applications of Synthetic Biology, a textbook published by Elsevier.

Dr. Papamichail shared background information on their research, included in the textbook as Chapter 12: “This study aims to examine the current state of the art developments in gene design software. Together with a thorough examination of well-established objectives in synthetic gene design, we describe our experiences using fifteen different gene design tools that enable synthetic biologists to re-design protein coding genes toward altered expression and other objectives. We also provide our insights on the direction of the field of synthetic gene design.”

Numaan, who completed mentored research with Dr. Papamichail in Spring 2021, shared his thoughts on working with Dr. Papamichail and their publishing accomplishment:  “As an undergraduate student with fairly limited exposure to Computational Biology, it was a daunting task going into its research.  Seeing my hesitance, Dr. Papamichail encouraged me like a Greek Mr. Miyagi with something along the lines of ‘We know the computation part of it, we’ll figure out the Biology of it as we go’. Truly honored and humbled to see the many months of hard work we did take form.”

Congratulations again to Numaan and Dr. Papamichail!

Official citation:
N. Cheema, G. Papamichail and D. Papamichail, Computational Tools for Synthetic Gene Optimization, New Frontiers and Applications of Synthetic Biology, edited by Vijai Singh, Elsevier, 2022.

Celebration of Computing: Fall 2021

The Department of Computer Science’s annual Celebration of Computer event will take place virtually on Wednesday, December 8, 2021, from 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM. We have 18 presentations that will showcase the internship experience and mentored research outcomes over the summer and this Fall semester. Each presentation will be 10 minutes long (with an exception of #17 that will be 25 min), and there will be a five min buffer between presentations for Q&A and transition.  The whole event will be broadcast via YouTube live streaming.

Livestream Links:
Presentation 1 (YouTube):
Presentation 2 (YouTube):

Students who are taking CSC 099 and CSC 199 were assigned a poster for the review. Please use the Qualtrics Survey link below to submit your response.  Please note that you must identify yourself in the survey (there are fields where you can write your name) to be counted toward your course requirements.

Qualtrics link:

If you have any questions or need a copy of the schedule of presentations, please contact

Fall 2021 Internship Information Session

Fall 2021 Internship


REMINDER:  All CS Majors are required to attend one internship information session before they can apply for internship (CSC 399) for credit.

Be sure to check Dr. Papamichail’s website and come prepared with any additional questions you might have.

Wednesday, November 10:  (6:00 – 6:45 PM)

Zoom session link:

Spring 2022 Registration Wait-list

The registration period for Spring 2022 courses is November 2 – 12, 2021.  Some seats have been reserved for CS majors in all CSC courses.  Please review the Spring 2022 Registration Newsletter for additional information on options courses offered next semester.

After your registration window opens, if the class you need is closed, put yourself on the wait-list using the Qualtrics form below.

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

Spring 2022 Wait-list:

If you make changes to your schedule after entering your submission to the wait-list and need to update your information, email

We will not be signing students into courses until Monday, November 15, 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.

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

Please see the Advising Resources webpage for more information about submitting Mentored Research or Internship forms for Spring 2022.

Links to other School of Science Department Wait-lists can be found below:

Math/Stat: (link to form posted on the menu bar)

For more information on waitlists for other schools and departments, please refer to the TCNJ Waitlisting Process packet.

Mid-semester News Round-up: Fall 2021

On September 20, Dr. Papamichail presented research co-authored by three CS Department students and alumni at the the 13th International Workshop on Bio-Design Automation (IWBDA), held virtually this year.  The presentation, entitled “Decodon Calculator 2: Codon-Optimized Degenerate Codon Set Design Tools” synthesizes work completed by Dr. Papamichail and Akira Takada (Class of 2021), Tomer Aberbach (Class of 2020) and Nicholas Carpino (Class of 2018) during their mentored research experiences.

Synthetic biology researchers often pursue the creation of novel proteins with improved properties. Toward this endeavor, researchers design and synthesize libraries of variants of existing proteins to isolate the changes that confer improved properties of interest. Akira, Tomer, and Nicholas have implemented successive versions of web-based tools that enable synthetic biologists to create large but specific protein variant libraries, allowing them to balance synthesis cost with protein library quality.

Congratulations to Dr. Papamichail, Akira, Nicholas, and Tomer!

Dr. Bikram Pal Turka, Senior Lecturer in the CS Department, has authored a chapter titled “Obstacles in Information System Succes” that has been published in Digitising Enterprise in an Information Age, a book published by CRC Press Taylor and Francis Group.

An abstract of the chapter can be found below:
To gain a better competitive advantage in the market, the organizations are using information systems. Most of the organizations either have established the information system or they upgrade their information system. But still there are lots of hurdles for gaining information system success. There has been a large number of analyses of critical success factors of information system projects in the literature, but there is a shortfall in research efforts in studying failures globally and particularly in India. Therefore this chapter attempts to study empirically the obstacles coming in Information system success. A questionnaire survey has been conducted to know the failures factors for not updating the information system timely. The survey has been done on two prominent telecommunication organizations, one having successful IS (Reliance Communication) due to its continuous updation with respect to time, industry and executives whereas other (Puncom, Mohali) did not. As India is the second largest country in terms of mobile users in the world, therefore, the study of this industry is strategically and economically important due to its high potential for the growth of the country.

Congratulations to Dr. Turka!