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Utah State University

Utah State University

Plain and simple, people who have been to Utah State University love it. No other place provides the complete package quite like USU: top-notch academics, nationally recognized research, Division I athletics, and more than 200 student clubs and organizations, all on the oldest residential campus in the state. In fact, USU is the #1 public university in the West (and top five in the nation) for lowest tuition on Forbes' list of America's Best College Buys (2011). The mission of the Department of Computer Science of Utah State University is to maintain a program of excellence in teaching, research, and service. Students are given the opportunity to obtain a well-founded understanding of the principles and theories of the science of computing. In addition, the curriculum presents a University Studies program that gives students the social, ethical, and liberal education needed to be positive contributors to society as a whole.

  • Vicki Allan

Valley City State University

Valley City State University is a public, regional university offering exceptional programs in an active, learner-centered community that promotes meaningful scholarship, ethical service, and the skilled use of technology. As an important knowledge resource, the University offers programs and outreach that enrich the quality of life in North Dakota and beyond. Through flexible, accessible, and innovative baccalaureate and master's programs, VCSU prepares students to succeed as educators, leaders, and engaged citizens in an increasingly complex and diverse society.

  • Jamie Paurus,
  • Susan Pfeifer

Valparaiso University

Valparaiso University, a community of learning dedicated to excellence and grounded in the Lutheran tradition of scholarship, freedom, and faith, prepares students to lead and serve in both church and society.

The faculty in the Department of Mathematics & Computer Science are engaged teachers who challenge students to achieve at their potential.  By getting to know each of their students personally in small classes, faculty members are able to provide excellent mentoring as well as individualized instruction.  By participating in local, regional, and national workshops, the faculty are constantly improving their teaching skills and staying current with trends in undergraduate education.  Many involve students in undergraduate research projects which blur the line between teaching and research and provide participating students an intimate look at the world of mathematics and computer science.

  • Jim Caristi
Villanova University

Villanova University

We support Girls Go Tech events in conjunction with the Girl Scouts of America. Villanova computer science majors helped local K-12 teachers with a capstone project by teaching eight-grade students about computing so that they could collect and process data for the project. They use success stories of women graduates of our programs as examples. They're working to develop a glossy brochure with their stories. They're also working to guarantee four-year housing to women computer science majors. Women have been ACM student chapter leaders over the last four years. Their College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Committee on Women recently completed a report on women faculty and the changes needed to support their careers. More than half the introductory courses for non-majors are taught by women. The first three semesters of required courses in computing for computer science majors are taught by women.

  • Robert Beck,
  • Lillian Cassel,
  • Mary-Angela Papalaskari

Virginia Commonwealth University

The Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Computer Science offers a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Computer Science. Students who have completed a bachelor’s degree and are looking for a career change into computer science can complete a Certificate in Computer Science. Our mission is to:

  • Perform internationally recognized computer science research
  • Provide quality computer science education and research experience to both undergraduate and graduate students
  • Conduct interdisciplinary research and teaching with particular emphasis in the fields of life sciences and information security
  • Produce computer scientists with professional awareness and communication skills
  • Lorraine Parker,
  • Wanyu Zang
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

The Department of Computer Science is home to one of the largest groups of undergraduate majors in the university as well as to graduate students in Blacksburg and at the Northern Virginia Center. Students receive outstanding instruction from dedicated teachers, and undergraduate and graduate students alike join faculty members to perform research in a variety of facilities, including a state-of-the-art technology building. The B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees provide in-depth exposure to the core body of knowledge in the computing discipline, preparing graduates for careers or further study. The computer science major is software oriented, in contrast to the hardware-oriented computer engineering major. Computer science majors design and develop software, from the software systems that control the functioning of the computer such as operating systems and compilers to applications software for areas such as numerical analysis, graphics, and data bases.

  • Susan Arnold-Christian,
  • Libby Bradford,
  • Greg Farris,
  • Scott McCrickard,
  • Leslie Pendleton,
  • Manuel Perez-Quinones ,
  • Barbara Ryder,
  • Deborah Tatar,
  • Bevlee Watford
Virginia State University

Virginia State University

Virginia State University, founded in 1882, is one of Virginia's two land-grant institutions, and is located 20 minutes south of Richmond in the village of Ettrick. With a current student population of 5,300, the University sits atop a rolling landscape overlooking the Appomattox River with expansive views of Petersburg. VSU offers 55 baccalaureate and master’s degree programs, two doctoral degree programs and three certificates within five schools. They also offer a bachelor of individualized studies degree program, which is a non-traditional program designed primarily for working adults. As a cornerstone of their community, they pride themselves on their commitment to empowering people of all ages, abilities and ambitions. They are committed to building a better world through challenging academic programs, diverse student organizations and exciting extracurricular activities.

  • Giti Javidi,
  • Pamela Leigh-Mack,
  • Ehsan Sheybani,
  • David Walter
Washington University in St. Louis

Washington University in St. Louis

Situated at the confluence of two great North American rivers - the Mississippi and the Missouri - the St. Louis region has been a favored destination since Lewis & Clark began their historic westward "Corps of Discovery" here in 1804. Today, the pioneers of St. Louis are the engineers, scientists, business leaders, educators, artists and other innovative and creative professionals who are working at the forefront of a multitude of fields and endeavors. Thanks in large part to Washington University, other regional universities and key Fortune 500 corporations, St. Louis has developed into a national hub for important research and business development, especially in the fields of biotechnology and plant science. Consistently ranked among the nation's most affordable and best places to live and raise families, the St. Louis region offers many opportunities to watch or participate in a wide range of sports, recreational activities and cultural events.

  • Anne Bracy
Waukesha County Technical College

Waukesha County Technical College

Waukesha County Technical College is the leader in workforce development, preparing learners for success within the regional and global economy. WCTC provides accessible career and technical education to strengthen their community through life-long learning. The WCTC Business & IT Center of Excellence offers student's paths to careers that are as diverse as the options of employers. The need for highly skilled specialists in areas such as computer technologies, marketing and management, and general business is pervasive through all industries. WCTC attracts and retains diverse students with a range of talents and needs by offering services and educational opportunities focused on student learning. WCTC provides skilled, flexible, conscientious and employable graduates by maintaining high standards and offering a variety of courses within future-focused programs that prepare learners for the changing labor market. WCTC provides a dynamic learning and work environment that is inviting, safe and flexible.

  • Kim Ehlert
Wayne State University

Wayne State University

Founded in 1868, Wayne State University is a nationally recognized metropolitan research institution offering more than 400 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to nearly 32,000 students. Wayne State is dedicated to preparing students to excel by combining the academic excellence of a major research university with the practical experience of an institution that by its history, location and diversity represents a microcosm of the world we live in. Reflecting its location and the excellent international reputation of its graduate schools, particularly in the sciences, Wayne State boasts the most diverse student body among Michigan’s public universities. As an urban research university, our mission is to discover, examine, transmit and apply knowledge that contributes to the positive development and well-being of individuals, organizations and society. Wayne State University is a national research institution dedicated to preparing students to excel in an increasingly advanced and interconnected global society.

  • Monica Brockmeyer,
  • Sally Roberts,
  • Monika Witoslawski

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