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March 31st Newsletter

To:  All CS Undergraduates        

From:  the CS Academic Office

CS Undergraduate Newsletter

March 31st  Newsletter

Advising and Course Information

* COME TO THE CS UNDERGRADUATE TOWN HALL MEETING, THURSDAY, APRIL 3, 7:00 - 8:30 pm, 2405 SiebelCenter.

* Advising information updated on the CS Undergraduate Wiki:

https://agora.cs.uiuc.edu/display/undergradProg/Early+Registration+for+Fall+and+Summer+2008+and+Advising+Information

* CS Undergraduate Peer Advisors now available!  See details below.

* CS 273 is being renumbered to CS 373 effective Fall 2008 - no change in content or credit

* Drop deadline for MATH 416, 417, 425, 444 and 447 (these courses only!) extended to April 11, 2008

*  NEW COURSE for Fall 2008 -- CS 481 Stochastic Processes & Applications Note:  This course replaces CS 498 SJ3 and SJ4!

* New Requirements Flowcharts on the CS Undergraduate Programs Wiki

*"Declaring" your Technical Track (and Concentration) or Application Sequence*

* Graduating in May?

* Information about transferring into the College of Business -- See Below

** New course, "Creativity, Innovation and Vision" for Fall 2008 -- ENG 198 - CIV, CRN: 51915, 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM  TR**

Scholarships, Research, Conferences and other Opportunities

* SUMMER COMPUTER SCIENCE RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY: "Optimizing Next-Generation Technologies for Probing Biology at the Molecular Level: An Engineering Ethos for Mass Spectrometry and Fluorescence

When: Thursday, April 3, 12 p.m.
Where: Room 612 IGB (South Campus near the Undergrad)
Food: Pizza and drinks will be served
Format: Two 25 minute presentations by lead professors

* Summer research opportunity at UIUC!

The University of Illinois Department of Computer Science is looking for students interested in an in-depth experience in information sciences to participate in a summer research institute May 19-July 11, 2008.

* Apply to serve on the UIUC Provost Student Advisory Board or as a Provost Student Intern -- application deadline, Monday April 7, 2008

* Are You a Potential Prestigious Scholarship (Fulbright, Mitchell, Luce, Marshall, Rhodes, Truman, etc.) Applicant? Info sessions on applying for these and other scholarships during the two weeks immediately following Spring Break.  See details below.

* Live@edu Campus Mashup Contest from Microsoft

To raise awareness about Microsoft's Live@edu, Microsoft is holding a contest among student software developers to see who can design the best application for Windows Live! You can win $10,000!!!!

Check out the site for more info: www.campusmashups.com

* National Center for Women in Information Technology (NCWIT) Annual Conference - May 14th-May 15th 2008 - Volunteers will be needed!!!

* ChicTech Retreat - April 19th-20th 2008

Contact: Samantha (sdchan@uiuc.edu) or Sonya (lharris2@uiuc.edu)

To Volunteer:  https://webtools.uiuc.edu/formBuilder/OrganizationSecure?id=697718

* The EYH office (Expanding Your Horizons through Math, Science, and Technology) at ISU holds a one-day event in the spring. The event will be held on Saturday, April 5, 2008

* The 1st Annual Women In Project Management Conference, Thursday, June 12, 2008 & Friday, June 13, 2008, Columbus Ohio

Career Info:  Jobs, Internships, Corporate Events, Contests and other opportunities

* Summer Internships with Corning in New York

The Information Technology (IT) summer intern positions are listed on the corning.com website under job code # 15656. http://www.corning.com

* Google Games 2008 UIUC
Date: Saturday, April 12, 2008
Time: 9:30am to approximately 3:00pm

Location: Siebel 2405

* The 2008 Engineering Public Speaking Workshop - two weekday sessions March 26 and April 2 (see more details below)

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Lectures, Symposia, etc.

* "Gender and Computing in the Push-Button Library, 1965-1985" a talk by Dr. Greg Downey Thursday, April 3, 2008 12:30-2:00 pm LIS 126

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ADVISING AND COURSE INFORMATION

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* COME TO THE CS UNDERGRADUATE TOWN HALL MEETING, THURSDAY, APRIL 3, 7:00 - 8:30 pm, 2405 Siebel Center.

STAND UP OR SHUT UP!
April 3rd, 7:00pm
2405 SiebelCenter

Come hear what other students are experiencing,
let the department know of your own personal experiences,
and tell us what you think should be done to fix it.

Then enjoy FREE DINNER!

Don't worry, your professors won't be there, so feel free to say
anything and everything. After 45 minutes of student-only talking,
members from the highest level in the department will be present
to address your comments and concerns, and hear what you have
to say. Last year many changes were made purely because of the
townhall, so please come share your opinions.

And don't forget to stick around for the free dinner.

STAND UP OR SHUT UP!
April 3rd, 7:00pm
2405 SiebelCenter

* Advising information updated on the CS Undergraduate Wiki:

https://agora.cs.uiuc.edu/display/undergradProg/Early+Registration+for+Fall+and+Summer+2008+and+Advising+Information http://www.cs.uiuc.edu/undergraduate/ugIndependentStudy.pdf

* CS Undergraduate Peer Advisors now available! 

How difficult is CS _? What can I expect from Professor _? Should I take CS __ _with another course? What can I do to survive CS _73?  Should I take Math 461 or 463?  Is there a student organization that does _? When should I study abroad?  How do I get an internship? How can I get an apartment near SiebelCenter next year?

If you have questions like these, you can direct them to the people best equipped to answer them - your peers! Fellow CS students have volunteered to answer emails. Here's a link to the list of peer advisors for Spring 2008.  If you are interested in becoming a peer advisor, please contact Steve Herzog.  You might also check out student reviews of CS courses (and submit your own) on !Courseguide by !BANG

  * CS 273 is being renumbered to CS 373 effective Fall 2008 - no change in content or credit Note:  This change is strictly a renumbering.  There is no change in content or credit.  This change will not affect anyone who is currently taking the course or has taken it in the past as CS 273.  The reason for the renumbering is to indicate to students that this course is normally taken during the junior year. * Drop deadline for MATH 416, 417, 425, 444 and 447 (these courses only!) extended to April 11, 2008

LAS and Engineering students enrolled in Mathematics 416, 417, 425, 444, and 447 are permitted to drop from these courses without academic penalty and without petition through the end of the 13th week of the semester.  Thus, Friday, April 11, 2008, is the drop deadline for these courses in Spring 2008.

LAS students who wish to drop the course(s) should see the receptionist in the LAS office and ask to be directed to a COAR user, who will process the late drop without a grade of "W".  Engineering students should be directed to the Engineering College Office, 206 Engineering Hall, for assistance with the late drop.  Students in other colleges may need to petition their college office for this policy to be applied, but the math department would support it.

Any request to drop Math 416, 417, 425, 444, and 447 after April 11, 2008, will be considered a late drop request, and the student will be required to submit a written petition to the Late Add / Drop Committee consistent with normal policy.

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* NEW COURSE for Fall 2008 -- CS 481 Stochastic Processes & Applications

Note:  This course replaces CS 498 SJ3 and SJ4!

STOCHASTIC PROCESSES AND THEIR APPLICATIONS

Course Objective: This course is intended to be an introduction to and survey of stochastic models, with applications to systems found in a computer and industrial engineering systems.  The student should complete this course with the ability to identify problems that can be addressed using stochastic models, as well as to use such models to solve and gain insights into such problems.

See also for Spring 2009:

CS 482 Simulation

COMPUTER SIMULATION MODELING

Course Objective: This course is intended to be an introduction to and survey of discrete event computer simulation. The student should complete this course with the ability to structure and program a discrete event computer simulation model, as well as use the model to solve problems in system design and evaluation.  You should also complete the course with the ability to learn any commercially available simulation software package, since the course focuses on fundamentals rather than specific models or software.  The course is structured to educate and train you in the practice and philosophy of simulation.  Designing (building) simulation models is an art; analyzing a simulation model is a science.

* New Requirements Flowcharts on the CS Undergraduate Programs Wiki

Want a quick and easy way to see how you're progressing through the requirements for your major?  Check out the new requirements flowcharts site on the Undergraduate Programs Wiki:

https://agora.cs.uiuc.edu/display/undergradProg/Requirements+Flowcharts

** "Declaring" your Technical Track (and Concentration) or Application Sequence**

Does your DARS have your Technical Track (for students following the "new" CS requirements) or Application Sequence (for students following the "old" CS requirements) listed?  You can "declare" your technical track and concentration or your application sequence by emailing Steve Herzog (smherzog).  Please include your UIN and, for the application sequence, the courses you plan to use to satisfy the requirement.

* Graduating in May?

If you plan on graduating in May, you should check your DARS to make sure you're taking care of all requirements.  You should see a message at the top of your DARS that says "ALL REQUIREMENTS COMPLETE USING IN-PROGRESS COURSE".   If you don't, something's missing.  If you can't figure out what that is, check with Steve Herzog (smherzog) ASAP.

Also, if you haven't already done so, be sure to declare your intent to graduate in UI Enterprise Applications (Banner).

* Important Dates for Spring 2008

See the following website for important academic deadlines for the Spring 2008 semester:

http://www.oar.uiuc.edu/current/registration/deadlines_SPRING.html

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* Information about transferring into the College of Business

We are about to enter the spring ICT period for the CollegeofBusiness.  You can find a Business ICT fact sheet that summarizes both processes and more detailed information on our Web site at:

http://www.business.uiuc.edu/undergrad/prospective_students/inter_college.html

Additionally, due to limited staff resources we are not able to schedule appointments with CollegeofBusiness advisors for non-business students.  Instead, we encourage all students interested in transferring into the CollegeofBusiness to attend one of our informational meetings. At these meetings, students will be provided information on requirements and application procedures and have a chance to ask any questions.

We have 2 upcoming ICT meetings scheduled:

*   Tuesday, April 15, 10:00 a.m.: TBD

*   Wednesday, April 23, 2:00 p.m.: TBD

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* New course, "Creativity, Innovation and Vision" for Fall 2008 -- ENG 198 - CIV, CRN: 51915, 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM  TR

*Creativity, Innovation and Vision. 4 credit hours.  Creativity is a skill that you can use often, and this course will help you increase your creativity. Studying a mix of theory and practice, you will explore the nature of creativity, how creativity works and how vision becomes reality. You will practice techniques to enhance personal and group creativity. A major semester project will allow you the opportunity to (a) create a product, process or service or (b) create solutions for a nonprofit organization with a self-defined need or opportunity. Open to all majors and levels. For more information, see: http://www.engr.uiuc.edu/moodle/course/

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SCHOLARSHIPS, RESEARCH, CONFERENCES AND OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

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* SUMMER COMPUTER SCIENCE RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY: "Optimizing Next-Generation Technologies for Probing Biology at the Molecular Level: An
Engineering Ethos for Mass Spectrometry and Fluorescence

When: Thursday, April 3, 12 p.m.
Where: Room 612 IGB (South Campus near the Undergrad)

Food: Pizza and drinks will be served
Format: Two 25 minute presentations by lead professors

A group of professors in Physics and Chemistry wish to form two teams
of driven engineering and computer science students to propel unique
technologies to new tiers of performance at the InstituteofGenomic
Biology (IGB).  We in the Precision Proteomics Theme seek talented
undergraduates and graduate students with interests in refining
molecular-level measurements using single-molecule fluorescence and
ultra-high performance mass spectrometry.  Skills in computer control
over scientific hardware, automation, and data reduction/processing
algorithms will be involved.

With any questions, contact Prof. Neil Kelleher, kelleher@scs.uiuc.edu

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* Summer research opportunity at UIUC!

The University of Illinois Department of Computer Science is looking for students interested in a PAID in-depth experience in Machine Learning; Natural Language Processing; Data Mining; Computer Vision; and Information Retrieval, to participate in a summer research institute May 19-July 11, 2008.

The Data Sciences Summer Institute (DSSI) is an 8-week program combining intensive mathematical studies with collaborative research projects and immersive tutorials in the specific areas of: databases and information integration, natural language processing and information extraction, computer vision, information retrieval and web information access, and machine learning and data mining.

Stipend, room, and board are available.  Applications will be reviewed beginning April 1, though there is no application deadline.

If you would like to:

Contribute side-by-side with world-renowned researchers on an authentic research project in information science ain practical experience in these areas of study

Participate in an intensive study in the mathematical foundations of information science hen please join us this summer.

More information and the DSSI08 application is available at http://mias.uiuc.edu

If you have questions, please contact Cinda at heeren@cs.uiuc.edu

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* Apply to serve on the UIUC Provost Student Advisory Board or as a Provost Student Intern -- application deadline, Monday April 7, 2008

PROVOST STUDENT ADVISORY BOARD

The Office of the Provost seeks applications for students to serve on a Student Advisory Board that would meet approximately 2 times per month with Provost Katehi.  The board will serve to not only inform students about what is going on at the Office of the Provost, but also to get feedback from students about current strategic initiatives that the University is undertaking.  The purpose of the Provost Student Advisory Board is to advise the Office of the Provost on major initiatives that impact the academic student experience on issues such as enrollment, research and creative activity, diversity, international experiences, advising, and others.

Members are expected to serve for the entire 2008-2009 school year and attend meetings twice a month. Current freshmen through juniors from all majors are encouraged to apply. For graduating seniors staying at UI for graduate school there is also a Graduate Student Advisory Board.

Applications can be found at http://www.provost.uiuc.edu/about/psab.html

and must be received by Monday, April 7, 2008. Questions can be directed to Stig Lanesskog in the Office of the Provost at slanessk@uiuc.edu.

PROVOST STUDENT INTERNS

The Office of the Provost seeks applications for two or three student interns to serve during the 2008-09 academic year. Student interns will work closely with members of the Provost's office staff team on special projects and committees in areas related to strategic plan implementation, undergraduate education, diversity initiatives, enrollment management, and research initiatives. In these areas, student interns may be asked to assist with a range of activities, such as organizing and participating in meetings, convening focus groups, evaluating programs, designing web-based communication tools, providing recommendations, and summarizing findings in presentations or written format. Student interns are paid positions ($12-15 per hour), with approximately10 hours per week of expected involvement in Provost's office activities.

Current sophomores or juniors with an interest in academic affairs initiatives and campus activities are encouraged to apply. Applications can be found at http://www.provost.uiuc.edu/about/staff/index.html under the "Student Interns." Applications must be received by Friday April 11, 2008.  Applications may be submitted in person to the Office of the Provost, room 200, SwanlundAdministrationBuilding or emailed to provost@uiuc.edu.

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* Research Experience for Undergraduates at the University of Southern California

The Computer Science department at the University of Southern California (USC) is pleased to announce the commencement of our Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) site.

The REU site program is a summer internship program sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for motivated undergraduate students. Students accepted to the program will work on research projects with faculty at the USC's Computer Science department.

Research projects are available in diverse areas within Computer Science spanning software engineering, algorithms, networks, robotics, and artificial intelligence. There will also be programs in professional ethics and a social program specifically designed for the REU site participants.

We welcome students from all backgrounds; we are particularly interested in attracting students with strong research potential who are traditionally underrepresented in graduate school within Computer Science and related fields.

For details about the program, including how to apply and eligibility requirements, please visit the USC CS REU website:

http://www.cs.usc.edu/REU

Applications are due by March 31, 2008 for the summer 2008 program.

Although all applications received by this date will be considered, early applications are strongly encouraged since decisions will be made as completed applications are received.

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* Are You a Potential Prestigious Scholarship (Fulbright, Mitchell, Luce, Marshall*,* Rhodes*, Truman, etc.) Applicant? Info sessions on applying for these and other scholarships during the two weeks immediately following Spring Break.  See details below.*

Telltale Signs:

 You aspire to pursue graduate work at a world-class institution

 You display leadership and/or participate in service

 You conduct independent studies or research

 You always go beyond course requirements

 You maintain a 3.7+ GPA

If you fit this description, attend a session designed to enhance your candidacy as a potential Beinecke, Churchill, Fulbright, Gates Cambridge, George Mitchell, Goldwater, Jack Kent Cooke, Luce Scholars, Marshall, Rhodes, or Truman Scholar.            

 Jr/Sr/Grad/Prof Student Sessions

Wed., April 2 from 3:30-4:00 or 4:00-4:30

Thurs., April 3 from 3:30-4:00 or 4:00-4:30

Mon., April 7 from 5:00-5:30 or 5:30-6:00

Thurs., April 10 from 2:30-3:00 or 3:00-3:30

Frosh/Soph Sessions

Wed., March 26 from 3:30-4:00 or 4:00-4:30

Thurs., March 27 from 3:30-4:00 or 4:00-4:30

Friday, March 28 from 3:30-4:00 or 4:00-4:30

Tues., April 1 from 5:00-5:30 or 5:30-6:00

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* Live@edu Campus Mashup Contest from Microsoft

To raise awareness about Microsoft's Live@edu, Microsoft is holding a contest among student software developers to see who can design the best application for Windows Live! You can win $10,000!!!!

Check out the site for more info: www.campusmashups.com

Prizes

• One grand prize winner will be selected and receive a cash prize of $10,000!

• 2 runners-up will receive cash prizes of $2,500.00 each • Additionally, 2 third prize winners will receive the X Box 360 Halo 3 Prize pack valued at $500.00 each

Participants must submit their application between the dates of January 25th and March 31st. Please make sure you identify yourself as a UIUC student when submitting your application.

Facebook Group: Campus MashUps Contest

Flyer Link:

http://www.campusmashups.com/email/1/mashupemail2.html

http://www.campusmashups.com/email/1/mashupemail1.html

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* National Center for Women in Information Technology (NCWIT) Annual Conference - May 14th-May 15th 2008 - Volunteers will be needed!!!

NCWIT Conference

When: May 14-15th

Where: UIUC

Contact: Sonya Harris (lharris2@uiuc.edu)

The mission of the NationalCenter for Women & Information Technology is to ensure that women are fully represented in the influential world of information technology and computing. And they are holding their conference here at UIUC!! We're looking for volunteers to help out this event. This is a NATIONAL event and it will favor highly for our Department to host this event. If you're interested, contact Sonya and more information is to follow.

"Advancing Computing from Multiple Disciplines"- UniversityofIllinois at Urbana-Champaign 
Join us for a discussion of how science and engineering disciplines are pushing the frontiers of computer science today. Our distinguished speakers will address how their research offers exciting, grand challenges with the potential to change the image of computing to attract top talent to the field. Confirmed speakers include:

Mae Jemison, M.D.Former NASA astronaut and founder, The Jemison Group, Inc.
The first African-American woman in space, Dr. Jemison now focuses her company's projects on the beneficial integration of science and technology into our everyday lives.

Richard M. Murray Thomas E. and Doris Everhart Professor of Control and Dynamical Systems, Division of Engineering and Applied Science, the California Institute of Technology
Dr. Murray's research is in the application of feedback and control to mechanical, information, and biological systems.

Lydia E. Kavraki Noah Harding Professor of Computer Science and Bioengineering, Rice University; Graduate Program in Structural and Computational Biology and Molecular Biophysics, Baylor College of Medicine  Dr. Kavraki's research contributions are in physical algorithms and their applications in robotics, as well as computational, structural biology and bioinformatics.

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* ChicTech Retreat - April 19th-20th 2008

When: April 19th-20th

Where: CS Department

Contact: Samantha (sdchan@uiuc.edu) or Sonya (lharris2@uiuc.edu)

To Volunteer:  https://webtools.uiuc.edu/formBuilder/OrganizationSecure?id=697718

ChicTech is an outreach initiative started to engage high school girls in computer science.  The program is a collaborative effort between the CS department and Women in Computer Science (WCS).

Last semester, some of you expressed interest in doing demos for the ChicTech Technical Ambassadors Competition Retreat Weekend 2008.  The Retreat will be from April 19th to April 20th but we only need demos for the afternoon of the 19th.  If you are still interested, please send Sonya an email with the subject of your project (assuming that that is what you will be demoing).

 We will contact you again in April with details.  The demo should be no longer than half an hour.  We will also need a 3 or 4 sentence description.  We are not sure at this moment whether each demo will  have more than one session but hopefully after your responses, we will be able to determine a schedule.

Also, if you are not able to do a demo but would like to be a panelist on the 20th, let Sonya know.  We are still in the process of deciding a topic but it will definitely revolve around computer science.

We are look forward to your projects!

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The EYH office (Expanding Your Horizons through Math, Science, and Technology) at ISU holds a one-day event in the spring to promote an increase in the number of young women who pursue education and careers that involve math, science, and/or technology.  The day revolves around three hands-on workshops, during which participants in grades 5-10 have the opportunity to learn from women experienced in a career based in science, math, or technology.

If you and/or your group are interested in leading a workshop for this event, please contact Sonya Harris (lharris2@uiuc.edu). Cinda and/or Prof. Pitt can train female students on possible hands-on activities.

The event will be held on Saturday, April 5, 2008 so you will have plenty of time to plan an exciting hands-on activity for the girls. You can also get more information regarding the event by going to their website at www.eyh.ilstu.edu

http://www.eyh.ilstu.edu/><http://www.eyh.ilstu.edu

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1st Annual Women In Project Management Conference

Date: Thursday, June 12, 2008 & Friday, June 13, 2008 

Location: The Columbus Athenaeum

    32 North 4thStreet,Columbus,OH)

    (4thStreet between Broad & Gay)

Time:   8:30-5:00 (8-8:30 registration/breakfast)

                            (Lunch and all materials included)

For more information, including a list of speakers, see the following:

https://www.projectmanagementresourcegroup.com/1st_Annual_WIPM_Conference.php

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CAREER INFO:  JOBS, INTERNSHIPS, CORPORATE EVENTS, CONTESTS AND OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

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* Computing Habitat Program Competition - proposals due MIDNIGHT TONIGHT, 3/24

From the Associate Director for Public Engagement, Karen Hyman:

A final reminder that you have until midnight tonight 3/24 to enter a proposal for the Computing Habitat Programming Competition 2008!  State Farm's sponsorship of the event has made for a bigger and better array of prizes in numerous categories. This is the deadline only for the proposals, a one-page summary of your CHPC idea and project.

* Summer Internships with Corning in New York

The Information Technology (IT) summer intern positions are listed on the corning.com website under job code # 15656. http://www.corning.com

They are looking for undergraduates (sophomores) who are interested in pursuing a degree in Information Technology. Their intern positions will be in the following IT organizations:

  • Application Services - Web Services
  • Application Services - Supply Chain Services
  • Application Services - Enabling Technologies 
  • Infrastructure Field Services

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* Google Games 2008

UIUC
Date: Saturday, April 12, 2008
Time: 9:30am to approximately 3:00pm

Location: Siebel 2405

Think you got game? Compete for victory in challenges that test your creative, mental and "athletic" mettle at the Google Games! Teams of five will go head to head in rigorous events: Geek Trivia, LegoBuilding, Puzzles and "Athletic" contests. Find four friends (it helps to have a Computer Science background) and register here. Can't find a team? Sign up as an individual and we'll put you in a team with others. In addition to the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat, Google will also be supplying free refreshments to all participants and prizes to our top competitors. Bring it on!

The Google Games Committee
googlegames@google.com

Registration Form
http://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?key=pqUAxemApTXWzlmif4z1jTQ
Deadline to register: FRIDAY, APRIL 4
Google Games is limited to 16 teams

FAQ
Q. Can we have less than five members on our team?
A. We strongly recommend having the maximum number of members - any less and you'll lose your competitive edge.

Q. Do you have to be a current student to participate?
A. Yes, you must be currently enrolled at the University you are representing.

Q. Can we replace a member before the start of the event?
A. Sure. Just let us know (googlegames@google.com) about the new team member and who is being replaced.

Q. Should our team wear uniforms?
A. Show your team's spirit however you choose: uniforms, team dance, team flag or poster, cheer, fight song, etc. A prize will be awarded to the team with the most spirit.

Q. What type of questions / answers will be involved in Geek Trivia?
A. There will be 3 main categories: Computer Science, Math, and Culture.

Q. I'm not very athletic. What is the "athletic" portion of the event?
A. That's ok. Individual team members can perform games that involve some physical activity or "athletic" games with the Wii. Remember to wear comfortable clothing but wearing spandex is not ok.

Please direct other questions to googlegames@google.com

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* The 2008 Engineering Public Speaking Workshop*- two weekday sessions March 26 and April 2 (see more details below)*

Engineering Council's Engineering Leadership Committee has teamed up with the Department of Speech Communication to launch the first annual Engineering Public Speaking Workshop this spring.  This workshop will help engineering students strengthen their public speaking skills, which are absolutely essential to success in any career.  The workshop will take the form of two weekday sessions spaced one week apart.  Session 1 will focus on impromptu public speaking skills and will take place on Wednesday, March 26 from 4-6 PM.  Session 2 will focus on planned public speaking skills and will take place on Wednesday, April 2 from 4-6 PM.  Dinner will be provided at both sessions.  Please visit http://eslc.ec.uiuc.edu/application.phpto learn more about the workshop and to submit a participant application.  In addition, please feel free to contact David Rockwood at drockwo2@uiuc.edu with any questions that you may have.

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Lectures, Symposia, etc.

* "Gender and Computing in the Push-Button Library, 1965-1985" a talk by Dr. Greg Downey Thursday, April 3, 2008 12:30-2:00 pm LIS 126

This talk is the second lecture in the new "Information in Society"speaker series, sponsored by the Graduate School of Library and Information Science. Join Dr. Downey for a lunchtime roundtable discussion at 11:00-12:15 (lunch will be provided for the first 10 participants) on April 3 in LIS 109. He will also be available for individual meetings during a morning office hour from 9:30-10:30 in LIS 308. Contact Ellen Knutson (eknutson@uiuc.edu) with any questions, to RSVP for lunch, or to schedule a meeting time.

Lecture Abstract: As part of a larger historical project exploring the ways in which libraries, librarians, and computers became intertwined in the postwar but pre-Web era, Downey investigates the parallel but often independent conversations that library leaders, library laborers, and library advocates had concerning computers and gender through the 1960s and 1970s, crucial decades of change for both metadata automation in the library and women's rights in the workplace.

The audio from this lecture will be recorded.

Speaker Biography: Greg Downey (PhD Johns Hopkins, 2000) is an associate professor in Journalism & Mass Communication and Library & Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he also has a joint departmental appointment in Geography and an affiliate appointment in History of Science. He is the author of two books in the history and geography of information and communication technology, especially the often hidden labor behind such technology: Telegraph Messenger Boys:

Labor, Communication and Technology, 1850-1950; and Close Captioning:

Subtitling, Stenography, and the Digital Convergence of Text with Television.

February 4th Newsletter

To:  All CS Undergraduates        

From:  the CS Academic Office

CS Undergraduate Newsletter

February 4th  Newsletter

Advising and Course Information

* Advising hold for ALL CollegeofEngineering Students from January 28th through March 7th

* New Requirements Flowcharts on the CS Undergraduate Programs Wiki * "Declaring" your Technical Track (and Concentration) or Application Sequence * Graduating in May?

* Information about transferring into the CollegeofBusiness -- See Below * UIUC Department of Human Resource Education Open House and Info Session, Tuesday February 5th, 6-7:30 pm, EducationBuilding 3rd-floor Lounge

Scholarships, Research, Conferences and other Opportunities

* IGEM Synthetic Biology Competition team looking for CS majors - Information Below.

* Summer research at the UIUC's Information Trust Institute (ITI) - funding opportunities available.  The deadline to apply is February 29*

http://www.iti.uiuc.edu/iti_funding_opportunities.html

* DOD Scholarships in Information Assurance (Security) -- deadline February 15

*  Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (Keystone, CO, Oct. 1-4, 2008) - Deadline for submissions, March 16, 2008

* Apply for the Andrea Culumber Scholarship, awarded by the Engineering Council -- applications are due February 8, 2008 at 5:00 PM

* The CS Department's Student Awards Committee is now taking applications for the 2008 Computer Science Student Awards. The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. Friday, February 15, 2008.

* CRA-W DMP & CDC DMP SUMMER 2008 RESEARCH INTERNSHIPS  Application Deadline February 15, 2008

* Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship

* Computational Transportation Science IGERT program at the University of Illinois at Chicago is currently accepting applications for our next round of $30,000 PhD Fellowships. See below for more details.

* NationalCenter for Women in Information Technology (NCWIT) Annual Conference - May 14th-May 15th 2008 - Volunteers will be needed!!!

* ChicTech Retreat - April 19th-20th 2008 - Volunteers/Counselors will be needed!!! Also, if interested in assisting with High School visits during the fall semester, please contact Samantha Chan at sdchan@uiuc.edu.

* The EYH office (Expanding Your Horizons through Math, Science, and Technology) at ISU holds a one-day event in the spring. The event will be held on Saturday, April 5, 2008

* The 1st Annual Women In Project Management Conference, Thursday, June 12, 2008 & Friday, June 13, 2008, Columbus Ohio

Career Info:  Jobs, Internships, Corporate Events, Contests and other opportunities

* Summer Internships with Corning in New York

The Information Technology (IT) summer intern positions are listed on the corning.com website under job code # 15656. http://www.corning.com

* Virtual Cisco Information Sessions (2/4, 2/6, 2/12, and 2/19)

In case you aren't able to attend Cisco's presentations at SiebelCenter on Monday, February 11, Cisco is conducting a series of virtual information sessions on the following dates: Feb 4, Feb 6, Feb 12 and Feb 19. All of these sessions will be held at 7:00 PM CST using WebEx. - See registration information below.

* Morgan Stanley Corporate Days at UIUC, February 6-7, 2008 - see http://www.uiuc.edu/goto/morganstanley

* Electronic Arts: Open Full-time/Internship positions, on campus interviews: Monday, 2/4 -- See details below

* Engineering Convergence: Network with Engineering Alumni on 2/12

* Looking for a job: Apply now! The Undergrad is going 24 hours in January! The Undergraduate Library is seeking applicants for the position of Student Assistant in its Information Services unit who are interested in developing professional and leadership skills.  Applicants should be willing and able to work from 12-20 hours per week in a fast-paced environment. 

* Interested in working on a research project? with the Knowledge Representation and Reasoning group - See Below

* GE Healthcare in Barrington,IL*.  Program known as STP, or Software Technology Program, is looking to recruit December 07 and May 08 graduates for full-time positions.*

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Lectures, Symposia, etc.

COMPUTER SCIENCE COLLOQUIUM

UCSC MASC Group Thermal and Processor Pruning Work

Jose Renau

Computer Engineering -- University of California*,* Santa Cruz

February 11 (Monday), 2008 at 4:00 p.m.

1404 SiebelCenter for Computer Science

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ADVISING AND COURSE INFORMATION

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* Advising hold for ALL CollegeofEngineering Students from January 28th through March 7th

After January 28th, all undergraduates in the CollegeofEngineering will have an advising hold which will prevent them from making any changes to their schedule.  The EngineeringCollege has sent three emails over the last two weeks notifying students of the hold and providing procedures for dropping courses.  Here is the text of that email:

Engineering Students:
 
If you want to change your schedule in any way between January 29th and March 7th, you MUST read this e-mail thoroughly to find out how to do it.

As of January 29th, all Undergrad Engineering students will have an Advising Hold placed on their accounts.  We place these holds each semester after the "Add Deadline" in order to prevent you from dropping certain restricted courses, due to a College of Engineering policy that requires Dean's approval (or in some cases your Home Department approval) for these course changes.

Between January 29th and March 7th you will need to go to the following web portal to do all schedule changes while this hold is in effect, which includes adding, dropping, changing sections, or changing credit hours for a course.
 
   URL: https://engineering.uiuc.edu/request_course_change/
 
All schedule change requests that are not restricted will be processed within a few days of your request.  If you want to see if your request has been processed yet, you can visit Banner...it will have your most up to date schedule.

If your request is a restricted one, such as dropping a required course, adding a course late, or going under 12 hours, these are not allowed without approval(s).  If you have one of these, you will need to do the following...after you submit the request, the web site will prepare a form that you will need to PRINT OUT.  You will then need to get approval on that form from either your Home Department and/or an Engineering Dean (the form will tell you which approval(s) you need to obtain).
 
DO NOT FORGET to print out the form for restricted requests BEFORE you continue on!  You will not be able to go back later to print it out.  Follow all instructions given on the form and turn it into 206 Engineering Hall for processing.
 
Finally, we ask you not to turn in a request that you are unsure of.  These cannot be undone easily.  Also, do not turn in the same request more than once.
 
If you have any questions about the policy or the web portal, please contact Engineering Academic Affairs (engrap@uiuc.edu or 333-2280).        

* New Requirements Flowcharts on the CS Undergraduate Programs Wiki

Want a quick and easy way to see how you're progressing through the requirements for your major?  Check out the new requirements flowcharts site on the Undergraduate Programs Wiki:

https://agora.cs.uiuc.edu/display/undergradProg/Requirements+Flowcharts

** "Declaring" your Technical Track (and Concentration) or Application Sequence*

Does your DARS have your Technical Track (for students following the "new" CS requirements) or Application Sequence (for students following the "old" CS requirements) listed?  You can "declare" your technical track and concentration or your application sequence by emailing Steve Herzog (smherzog).  Please include your UIN and, for the application sequence, the courses you plan to use to satisfy the requirement.

* Graduating in May?

If you plan on graduating in May, you should check your DARS to make sure you're taking care of all requirements.  You should see a message at the top of your DARS that says "ALL REQUIREMENTS COMPLETE USING IN-PROGRESS COURSE".   If you don't, something's missing.  If you can't figure out what that is, check with Steve Herzog (smherzog) ASAP.

Also, if you haven't already done so, be sure to declare your intent to graduate in UI Enterprise Applications (Banner).

* Important Dates for Spring 2008

See the following website for important academic deadlines for the Spring 2008 semester:

http://www.oar.uiuc.edu/current/registration/deadlines_SPRING.html

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* Information about transferring into the CollegeofBusiness

We are about to enter the spring ICT period for the CollegeofBusiness.  You can find a Business ICT fact sheet that summarizes both processes and more detailed information on our Web site at:

http://www.business.uiuc.edu/undergrad/prospective_students/inter_college.html

Additionally, due to limited staff resources we are not able to schedule appointments with CollegeofBusiness advisors for non-business students.  Instead, we encourage all students interested in transferring into the CollegeofBusiness to attend one of our informational meetings. At these meetings, students will be provided information on requirements and application procedures and have a chance to ask any questions.

We have 4 upcoming ICT meetings scheduled:

*   Tuesday, January 22, 3:00 p.m.: 66 LIB

*   Thursday, January 24, 10:00 a.m.: 330 Armory

*   Tuesday, April 15, 10:00 a.m.: TBD

*   Wednesday, April 23, 2:00 p.m.: TBD

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* UIUC Department of Human Resource Education Open House and Info Session, Tuesday February 5th, 6-7:30 pm, EducationBuilding 3rd-floor Lounge

The UIUC Department of Human Resource Education is hosting an open house and information session on Tuesday, February 5th (6:00-7:30 pm).  We will provide prospective master's students a chance to learn more about the Human Resource Development program.  At the event, we'll discuss program options, hear from current students, talk with recent graduates, and have opportunities for informal discussions.  Pizza will be provided.

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SCHOLARSHIPS, RESEARCH, CONFERENCES AND OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

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* IGEM Synthetic Biology Competition team looking for CS majors

I and three professors (Prof Rao (chemE), Prof Golding (phys), and Prof Bhalerao (Ag E)) want to start an iGEM team at Illinois.  IGEM is an international competition held annually at MIT.  IGEM is a synthetic biology competition.  The basic question iGEMers want to answer is: Can biological systems be built from standard, interchangeable parts and operated in living cells?

To develop this question of programmable biology requires a highly interdisciplinary effort, whether it is lab work or computational modelling.  Computer Science students will bring a valued thought process and skill set to the table.

Please check out the flier for info on the general information meeting.

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** Summer research at the UIUC's Information Trust Institute (ITI) - funding opportunities available.*

The Information Trust Institute (ITI) at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, is pleased to announce its summer 2008 program supporting undergraduate research on information trust topics - including security, reliability, safety, privacy, survivability, and correctness.  Below is a link to the announcement and solicitation for applications for Undergraduate Research Internship awards for Summer 2008.

The deadline to apply is February 29.

http://www.iti.uiuc.edu/iti_funding_opportunities.html

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* DOD Scholarships in Information Assurance (Security) -- deadline February 15

The U.S. Department of Defense is seeking rising junior and senior (third and fourth year) undergraduate and graduate/doctoral students who are interested in full-ride scholarships for concentrated studies in information assurance.  Students selected for the program will receive full scholarships. This requires the student to agree to serve one year of service to the DoD, upon graduation, for each year of scholarship received, in addition to the internship identified below.  An opportunity also exists for Reserve and National Guard participation.

See ATTACHMENT C and ATTACHMENT H for more details and for the application form.  Applications should be turned in to Professor Roy Campbell

http://www.cs.uiuc.edu/directory/directory.php?name=campbell

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*  Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (Keystone, CO, Oct. 1-4, 2008) - Deadline for submissions, March 16, 2008

Call for Participation

Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing

October 1-4, 2008 Keystone Colorado

Submissions are now being accepted for the eighth Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference.

Submission Deadline:  March 16, 2008

As the world's largest gathering of women in computing, the Grace Hopper Celebration is a series of conferences designed to bring the research and career interests of women in computing to the forefront. Presenters are leaders in their respective fields, representing industrial, academic and government communities. Leading researchers present their current work, while special sessions focus on the role of women in today's technology fields, including computer science, information technology, research and engineering.  The technical conference features well known keynote speakers and invited technical speakers, panels, workshops, new investigator technical papers, PhD forums, technical posters, birds of a feather sessions (BOFs), the ACM Student Research Competition and  an Awards Celebration.

WE BUILD A BETTER WORLD

This year's theme "We Build a Better World" recognizes the significant role women play in creating and utilizing technology to improve our world.

Submissions on both technical and professional topics are encouraged.  The Grace Hopper Conference committee is requesting submissions that reflect the conference theme "We Build a Better World" in the areas of innovation within a company, academia, or individual contribution through social and environmental entrepreneurship.The GHC Committee encourages technical submissions that cross disciplines and other  boundaries.

The deadline for all submissions is March 16, 2008

  • PhD Forum
  • Panels, Workshops and Presentations
  • Technical Posters
  • ACM Student Research Competition (SRC)
  • Birds of a Feather Sessions (BOFs)
  • New Investigator Technical Papers

For more information, requirements and deadlines for submission.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:

Mary Lou Jepsen, Founder and CTO, One Laptop Per Child

Fran Allen, IBM Fellow Emerita and 2007 Turing Award Winner

CONFERENCE LEADERSHIP:

General Chair - Anne Condon, University of British Columbia

Program Chair - Heidi Kvinge, Intel

The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is a program of the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology and is co-presented with the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

www.GraceHopper.org

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* The CS Department's Student Awards Committee is now taking applications for the 2008 Computer Science Student Awards. The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. Friday, February 15, 2008.

These undergraduate and graduate awards are funded by generous donors in order to reward excellence in scholarship, leadership, and research. Winners will be honored at the annual Awards Ceremony in April.

For more information, including the online application form, please see https://agora.cs.uiuc.edu/x/hSk.  A variety of other opportunities are also linked at https://agora.cs.uiuc.edu/display/studentawards.

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* Apply for the Andrea Culumber Scholarship, awarded by the Engineering Council

The Culumber award applications are due February 8, 2008 at 5:00 PM. The award can be found at awards.ec.uiuc.edu.

This scholarship is open to Junior students with a minimum GPA of 2.5. There is specific emphasis on demonstrated leadership in an engineering context, outstanding character, creativity, enthusiasm, and encouragement of others in his/her activities.

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 * CRA-W DMP & CDC DMP SUMMER 2008 RESEARCH INTERNSHIPS

Application Deadline February 15, 2008

The CRA-W Distributed Mentor Program (CRA DMP) and the CDC Distributed

Mentor Program (CDC DMP) are highly selective programs that match promising undergraduates with a faculty mentor for a summer research experience at the faculty member's home institution.  This experience is invaluable for students who are considering graduate school, providing them with a close-up view of what graduate school is really like and also increasing their competitiveness as an applicant for graduate admissions and fellowships. With the CDC DMP, an option exists for the research to take place remotely, using collaborative technologies such that the student can remain at his or her home institution with local and remote mentors.

The CRA-W DMP (operating since 1994) seeks to increase the number of women entering graduate studies in the fields of CS & CE while the CDC DMP (launched in 2007) seeks to increase the number of men and women from underrepresented groups entering graduate studies in the fields of CS & CE.

Funding for the student consists of $6000 for the summer (10 weeks), plus relocation travel assistance when appropriate.  Additional funds may be available to support student conference travel, either during the summer or afterward, and for outreach activities promoting the DMP.

A common On-line Application for the CRA-W DMP and CDC DMP (students and faculty mentors can apply to one or both programs), more information about the programs, and webpages authored by previous participants are available at: http://parasol.tamu.edu/dmp/

Application Deadline February 15, 2008

Awards Announced: mid-March 2008

For more information about the DMP consult the DMP webpages

    http://parasol.tamu.edu/dmp/or contact the DMP Co-Coordinators at dmp@cs.tamu.edu

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* Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship

If you are planning to attend graduate school this fall (in any academic or professional field, including business, law or medicine), but have concerns about being able to afford it, consider applying for the Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship.
 
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is looking for students of exceptional promise in the areas of academic achievement, leadership/public service, and critical-thinking ability, who have shown a will to succeed but whose financial situation might prevent them from entering and completing graduate or professional education. The scholarship may be used for study in any field, at any accredited university in the United States or abroad. Scholarships are open to students from all academic backgrounds, but the student should also demonstrate an appreciation for the arts and humanities. The program awards up to $50,000 annually for up to six years.  Applicants must have a cumulative 3.5 GPA or better. Graduating seniors or college graduates who are enrolling in graduate school within five years of completing an undergraduate degree are encouraged to apply.
 
The UniversityofIllinois may nominate up to two students for the Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship. Currently, a University of Illinois alumna is using her Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship to cover the full costs of Ph.D. studies in California. We are eager to assist other potential Illinois applicants through this process.
 
The campus deadline is set for Wednesday, February 6, so applicants should begin soliciting letters of recommendation soon.

Additional information about the award may be found at:
 
http://www.ips.uiuc.edu/scholarship/JackKentCookeprocess.shtml

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* Computational Transportation Science IGERT program at the University of Illinois at Chicago is currently accepting applications for our next round of $30,000 PhD Fellowships and are especially hoping to generate interest from talented computer science students. Students are not required to have already earned a Masters to be eligible for these fellowships, although US
citizenship or permanent residency is required. Please see the attached brochures for more information.

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* National Center for Women in Information Technology (NCWIT) Annual Conference - May 14th-May 15th 2008 - Volunteers will be needed!!!

NCWIT Conference

When: May 14-15th

Where: UIUC

Contact: Sonya Harris (lharris2@uiuc.edu)

The mission of the NationalCenter for Women & Information Technology is to ensure that women are fully represented in the influential world of information technology and computing. And they are holding their conference here at UIUC!! We're looking for volunteers to help out this event. This is a NATIONAL event and it will favor highly for our Department to host this event. If you're interested, contact Sonya and more information is to follow.

"Advancing Computing from Multiple Disciplines"- UniversityofIllinois at Urbana-Champaign 
Join us for a discussion of how science and engineering disciplines are pushing the frontiers of computer science today. Our distinguished speakers will address how their research offers exciting, grand challenges with the potential to change the image of computing to attract top talent to the field. Confirmed speakers include:

Mae Jemison, M.D.
Former NASA astronaut and founder, The Jemison Group, Inc.
The first African-American woman in space, Dr. Jemison now focuses her company's projects on the beneficial integration of science and technology into our everyday lives.

Richard M. Murray
Thomas E. and Doris Everhart Professor of Control and Dynamical Systems, Division of Engineering and Applied Science, the California Institute of Technology
Dr. Murray's research is in the application of feedback and control to mechanical, information, and biological systems.

Lydia E. Kavraki
Noah Harding Professor of Computer Science and Bioengineering, Rice University; Graduate Program in Structural and Computational Biology and Molecular Biophysics, BaylorCollege of Medicine
Dr. Kavraki's research contributions are in physical algorithms and their applications in robotics, as well as computational, structural biology and bioinformatics.

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* ChicTech Retreat - April 19th-20th 2008 -.

When: April 19th-20th

Where: CS Department

Contact: Samantha (sdchan@uiuc.edu) or Sonya (lharris2@uiuc.edu)

ChicTech is an outreach initiative started to engage high school girls in computer science.  The program is a collaborative effort between the CS department and Women in Computer Science (WCS).

Last semester, some of you expressed interest in doing demos for the ChicTech Technical Ambassadors Competition Retreat Weekend 2008.  The Retreat will be from April 19th to April 20th but we only need demos for the afternoon of the 19th.  If you are still interested, please send Sonya an email with the subject of your project (assuming that that is what you will be demoing).

 We will contact you again in April with details.  The demo should be no longer than half an hour.  We will also need a 3 or 4 sentence description.  We are not sure at this moment whether each demo will  have more than one session but hopefully after your responses, we will be able to determine a schedule.

Also, if you are not able to do a demo but would like to be a panelist on the 20th, let Sonya know.  We are still in the process of deciding a topic but it will definitely revolve around computer science.

We are look forward to your projects!

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The EYH office (Expanding Your Horizons through Math, Science, and Technology) at ISU holds a one-day event in the spring to promote an increase in the number of young women who pursue education and careers that involve math, science, and/or technology.  The day revolves around three hands-on workshops, during which participants in grades 5-10 have the opportunity to learn from women experienced in a career based in science, math, or technology.

If you and/or your group are interested in leading a workshop for this event, please contact Sonya Harris (lharris2@uiuc.edu). Cinda and/or Prof. Pitt can train female students on possible hands-on activities.

The event will be held on Saturday, April 5, 2008 so you will have plenty of time to plan an exciting hands-on activity for the girls. You can also get more information regarding the event by going to their website at www.eyh.ilstu.edu

http://www.eyh.ilstu.edu/><http://www.eyh.ilstu.edu

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1st Annual Women In Project Management Conference

Date: Thursday, June 12, 2008 & Friday, June 13, 2008 

Location: The Columbus Athenaeum

    (32 North 4th Street, Columbus, OH)

    (4th Street between Broad & Gay)

Time:   8:30-5:00 (8-8:30 registration/breakfast)

                            (Lunch and all materials included)

For more information, including a list of speakers, see the following:

https://www.projectmanagementresourcegroup.com/1st_Annual_WIPM_Conference.php

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CAREER INFO:  JOBS, INTERNSHIPS, CORPORATE EVENTS, CONTESTS AND OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

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* Summer Internships with Corning in New York

The Information Technology (IT) summer intern positions are listed on the corning.com website under job code # 15656. http://www.corning.com

They are looking for undergraduates (sophomores) who are interested in pursuing a degree in Information Technology. Their intern positions will be in the following IT organizations:

  • Application Services - Web Services
  • Application Services - Supply Chain Services
  • Application Services - Enabling Technologies 
  • Infrastructure Field Services

Any interested undergrads should go to website to fill out the online application. Interested underrepresented students encouraged to apply.

Any questions, please contact Kenneth C. Parker at ParkerKC@Corning.com

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* Virtual Cisco Information Sessions (2/4, 2/6, 2/12, and 2/19)

In case you aren't able to attend Cisco's presentations at SiebelCenter on Monday, February 11, Cisco is conducting a series of virtual information sessions on the following dates: Feb 4, Feb 6, Feb 12 and Feb 19. All of these sessions will be held at 7:00 PM CST using WebEx. Each event will include a company overview presentation as well as information on our full-time and internship opportunities for Engineering and Computer Science students.

To register for an Information Session:
February 4, 2008 - 7pm CST
(https://companyevents.webex.com/companyevents/k2/j.php?ED=90728482&UID=15411362)
February 6, 2008 - 7pm CST
(https://solutions.webex.com/solutions/k2/j.php?ED=87246222&UID=31933712)
February 12, 2008 - 7pm CST
(https://solutions.webex.com/solutions/k2/j.php?ED=87246312&UID=31933692)
February 19, 2008 - 7pm CST
(https://solutions.webex.com/solutions/k2/j.php?ED=87246317&UID=31933722)
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* Morgan Stanley Corporate Days at UIUC, February 6-7, 2008 - see http://www.uiuc.edu/goto/morganstanleyMorgan Stanley is here for their Corporate Days, February 6-7, 2008 and welcomes you to their series of luncheons, technical talks, information sessions, and leadership dinners. For more information, please contact Karen Hyman, kkhyman@uiuc.edu, 217-244-4496 and visit http://www.uiuc.edu/goto/morganstanley Please visit their booth during the  Engineering Career Fair, at the Illini Union on February 7, all day. 

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                            EA: Open Full-time/Internship positions

                             On campus interviews: Monday, 2/4

                             Please apply through the symplicity system:   uiucengineeringjobs.com ASAP! 

Job# 1: Software Engineer - Game Developer (Internship/Full time)

Video Game Engineering is intellectually demanding work. Our software engineers are faced with daily challenges that involve physics (from collision detection to complex physical reactions), advanced rendering techniques (from complex 3D math to hardware shading), artificial intelligence (from path finding to scripting), optimizations (from complex algorithms to hardware specific changes), etc. and we need your help to come up with creative solutions.

Specifically, we are seeking Software Engineers who will be responsible for writing specific or multi-purpose code for areas such as:

- Game Mechanics: AI, player control, animation systems, physics, and scripting systems
- Core Engine: Graphical rendering, networking, user interface, memory & performance optimization on cutting edge computer hardware
- Tools and Libraries: World editors, video & audio tools, software performance analysis systems, database systems, and general purpose game development libraries
- Online Games: Multi-tiered web environments, web applications, tools, and system infrastructure

Required Skills:

  • Must have 1 year experience with C++ or Java (for online), experience in C, Assembly, and C# also helpful!
  • Must have 1 year experience with object-oriented design and implementation.
  • Must have 6 months experience with multithreaded processing

Preferred Skills:

  • Good communication and writing skills.
  • Excellent problem solving skills.
  • Self-starters who can work with others in a team-oriented environment as well as independently.
  • Strong math skills.

Education:
Bachelors, Masters, or PhD in Computer Science, Math, Physics

Job# 2*: Software Engineer - Web Developer (Internship/Full time)*

Want to be at the stepping stone for changing the way we play online games on the Internet?   Want to work and play with new web technologies?  Want to help people network through online gaming communities?  Looking to be creative with your technical skills and to stand out from the crowd?

Then you've come to the right place!  Find out what makes Pogo.com the #1 online gaming site on the Internet! We're looking for some talented and self motivated Java coding experts, database gurus, and simply put, architects of the future of online gaming.

Job responsibilities:

  • Design and optimize the Pogo site by making architecture and framework improvements
  • Work with backend database layer communications
  • Client side web UI development
  • Collaborate with other engineers to integrate complex systems and services
  • Work with designers and producers to make Pogo more attractive to new users by implementing new features and ideas
  • Add community and social networking features to make Pogo more fun: implementing new Web 2.0 technologies, micro-transactions, avatars, badges, challenges, etc...

Technical skills and experience:

  • Excellent Java and OOP skills (required)
  • Experience with database interaction, web applications, client/server architecture
  • Nice to have: Exposure to Struts, JSP, MVC, Ajax , Flash
  • Nice to have: knowledge of design patterns and UML

Bachelors, Masters, or PhD in Computer Science

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* Engineering Convergence: Network with Engineering Alumni on 2/12

Engineering Student Alumni Ambassadors and The College of Engineering are hosting a career networking event for alumni and students to meet in an informal, non-recruiting setting. This dinner and discussion will provide an opportunity for engineering students to personally interact and build networks with engineering alumni. The evening is guaranteed to be exciting, informative, and entertaining for both students and alumni.

"engineering convergence" will be held on Tuesday, February 12th at the Alice Campbell Alumni Center Ballroom from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Registration for this event is free, but required.  Registration information is posted on the College of Engineering Group on Always Illinois. www.alwaysillinois.org

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Position Announcement Undergraduate Library Student Assistants

Looking for a job: Apply now! The Undergrad is going 24 hours in January!!!!!!

The Undergraduate Library is seeking applicants for the position of Student Assistant in its Information Services unit who are interested in developing professional and leadership skills.  Applicants should be willing and able to work from 12-20 hours per week in a fast-paced environment. 

Duties:

Perform multiple customer service functions including, but not limited to, charging, discharging and renewing books, media and technology items, collaborate with co-workers on projects, work with and troubleshoot technology, learn to navigate complex databases, maintain collections, and master general front desk management responsibilities. 

Acquired Skills:

Student Assistants will be educated in various aspects of team work, leadership, professional work ethics, records management, statistics keeping, conservation and preservation, and self-evaluation.  They will develop verbal and written communication skills. In addition, Student Assistants will also have the opportunity to shape workflow and policies, learn professional discipline such as reliability and punctuality, and gain a greater understanding of the library and information profession. 

Qualifications:

Required - Exceptional customer service; attention to detail; excellent verbal and written communication skills; reliable and punctual.

Additional Details:

Beginning January 14, 2008, the Undergraduate Library will be open 24 hours from Sunday through Thursday and from 8am - 10pm on Fridays and 10am - 10pm on Saturdays. 

We are hiring students who will be able to work 12 -20 hours per week.  Night owls welcome! 

Pay rate: $7.50/hr from 8:00am - Midnight and $9.50/hr from Midnight - 8:00am. 

 To Apply:

To apply, please send application to the Undergraduate Library, Attn: Debora Pfeiffer, 1402 W. Gregory Drive,Urbana,IL61801.  Email applications to: dpfeiffe@uiuc.edu .  Applications are taken on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.

Application

http://www.library.uiuc.edu/administration/human/pdffiles/studentapp.pdf

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* Interested in working on a research project?

I am Postdoc associated with the Knowledge Representation and Reasoning group and am looking for motivated student(s) that would be interested in working on neuroscience-motivated algorithms.

We have developed a new classification algorithm and will be comparing it with current methods.  Projects include: comparisons between classifiers, development/testing of appropriate machine learning algorithms, merging models and evaluation of 'recognition logic'. Some relevant coursework in these aspects is preferred.

If interested, please contact Tsvi Achler achler@uiuc.edu.

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LECTURES, SYMPOSIA, ETC. COMPUTER SCIENCE COLLOQUIUM

 (and Graduate Seminar)

UCSC MASC Group Thermal and Processor Pruning Work

Jose Renau

Computer Engineering

University of California, Santa Cruz

February 11 (Monday), 2008 at 4:00 p.m.

1404 SiebelCenter for Computer Science

Jose Renau will present the work that his group does at UC-Santa Cruz. He will present the current work on real systems infrared thermal  measurements and processor pruning.

UCSC MASC Group Thermal Work:

In order to ameliorate some of the difficulties associated with the validation of power and thermal models, this work proposes an infrared measurement setup to capture run-time power consumption and thermal characteristics of modern chips. We use infrared cameras with high spatial resolution (30x30um) and high frame rate (125fps) to capture thermal maps. We employ genetic algorithms on the maps to generate a detailed power breakdown (leakage, dynamic, and clock) foreach processor floorplan unit. As an example of applicability, we use the obtained measurements to validate CACTI and HotLeakage power models, and propose extensions to existing thermal models to increase accuracy.

UCSC MASC Group Processor Pruning Work:

The proposed methodology attempts to improve efficiency by helping designers eliminate extraneous functionality in existing designs, while ensuring forward progress in program execution.  The designer can then systematically ``prune'' the HDL code-base of infrequently used functionality in an effort to reduce power, increase frequency, and reduce area. Forward progress can be ensured using previously proposed techniques.  Using this methodology, we exploit increased complexity to expose new avenues for optimization. By applying this technique to an Alpha EV6-like processor, it becomes apparent that significant improvements can be realized. By removing 3% of infrequently used functionality from the optimistic core an increase in frequency of 25% can be realized. Taking into account the replay overhead triggered by the removed functionality, the proposed architecture is still able to achieve a 12% overall speedup.

Bio:

Jose Renau (http://www.soe.ucsc.edu/~renau) is an assistant professor of computer engineering at the UniversityofCalifornia Santa Cruz.  He earned  his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the UniversityofIllinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research focuses on computer architecture, including design effort and complexity estimators, thermal modeling process variability, chip multi-processors, thread level speculation, and FPGA/ASIC design.

December 3rd Newsletter

To:  All CS Undergraduates        

From:  the CS Academic Office

CS Undergraduate Newsletter

December 3rd Newsletter

 
Advising and Course Information
 

* Wondering who your advisor is?  See below! 

* Discovery courses for freshmen for Spring 2008 -- Registration in Discovery Courses  or Discovery Sections of regular courses is limited to freshmen.

* Top 10 Secrets for Breaking into Computer Science / Computer Engineering Fields

 

* LING 591 SPRING 2008 Seminar: Computational Semantics for Natural Language

Instructor: Prof. Roxana Girju (girju@uiuc.edu) -- Time: 01:00- 02:20 pm Monday and Wednesday.  Course Description below.

* The Hoeft Technology & Management Program.  The Program is a two year course of study for engineering and business undergraduate students, which leads to a University minor in Technology & Management.  The Hoeft Technology & Management Program provides undergraduate students a working knowledge of the fundamental elements of their cross-disciplines and the opportunity to exercise this knowledge by working together on project teams that mirror those found in most companies today.
 

Scholarships, Research, Conferences and other Opportunities

* $30,000 Lemelson-Illinois Prize for Student Innovation.  It is time once again for the call for entries for the $30,000 Lemelson-Illinois Student Prize for invention and innovation, administered by the College of Engineering through the TechnologyEntrepreneurCenter.

* Talbots is offering scholarships to women for education.  They will give 5 women a $10,000 scholarship and several $1,000 scholarships.  See below for details.

* Apply for the U.S. Department of Energy's summer research program at Argonne National Laboratory -- application deadline, February 1, 2008.

* The American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois (ACEC-Illinois) is currently accepting applications for its Annual Scholarship Awards Program.  Information and applications are available online at: www.acec-il.org/scholarship.cfm. The application deadline is December 14, 2007.

* Apply for the Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship, a $10,000 for women in Computer Science, sponsored by Google.  Deadline is February 1, 2008.

* NationalCenter for Women in Information Technology (NCWIT) Annual Conference - May 14th-May 15th 2008 - Volunteers will be needed!!!

* Games for Girls Competition -- Registration Deadline for Competition:  January 31, 2008

* ChicTech Retreat – April 19th-20th 2008 – Volunteers/Counselors will be needed!!! Also, if interested in assisting with High School visits during the fall semester, please contact Samantha Chan at sdchan@uiuc.edu.

* The EYH office (Expanding Your Horizons through Math, Science, and Technology) at ISU holds a one-day event in the spring. The event will be held on Saturday, April 5, 2008

Career Info:  Jobs, Internships, Corporate Events, Contests and other opportunities

* Apple Day in CS! – Tuesday December 4, 2007, 3:30-5:30 pm in 2405 SiebelCenter

* Interested in working on a research project? with the Knowledge Representation and Reasoning group – See Below

* GE Healthcare in Barrington,IL*.  program known as STP, or Software Technology Program, is looking to recruit December 07 and May 08 graduates for full-time positions.*

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Lectures, Symposia, etc.

* Apple Computer Technology Update Briefing, Developing on the Mac, Tuesday December 4, 2007, 4 – 5 pm, Siebel Center 2405

* Architecture Seminar, Friday, December 7, 2007, 4pm, 4405 SC, "Predictor Virtualization and RegionTracker: Two Ways of Exploiting Multi-Megabyte Caches", Andreas Moshovos University of Toronto

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ADVISING AND COURSE INFORMATION

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* Wondering who your advisor is?

Answer:  You have more than one advisor!   All students have a faculty advisor assigned to serve as a mentor, to answer questions about specializations, careers and graduate school.  For routine questions about degree requirements, policies and procedures, visit the staff in the CS Academic Office -- the advising office for all CS, Math & CS, and Statistics & CS majors.  Office hours are 8:00 to 11:45 am mornings and 1:00 to 4:45 afternoons, M-F.  On rare occasions, the office may shut down for meetings or other events, but we usually limit these to an hour at most and schedule them during low-traffic times.  You can also ask advising questions by emailing Steve Herzog, the full-time CS advisor, at smherzog@uiuc.edu.  To find out more about the academic office and the CS advising resources, visit the CS website's undergraduate advising wiki at https://agora.cs.uiuc.edu/display/undergradProg/CS+Department+Advising.

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* Peer Advisors wanted!  Volunteer to field email questions from fellow CS, Math &CS, and Stats& CS students about courses, workload, student organizations, apartments, and other issues that students are best equipped to address.

We're looking particularly for seniors, juniors and sophomores.  Please email Steve Herzog (smherzog@uiuc.edu) with the following information:
 

Your name:

Your program (CS, Math & CS or Stat & CS):

Your netid:

Issues that you are particularly well able to address (e.g. minors, student organizations, specializations, etc.):

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* Discovery courses for freshmen for Spring 2008

The list of Discover Course offerings for Spring 2008 has been posted to the Provost's website:
  http://www.provost.uiuc.edu/programs/discovery/Courses.html

Registration in Discovery Courses or Discovery Sections of regular courses is limited to freshmen.  Here's the rationale for the program as presented by the university:  "The Discovery Program helps Illinois students enhance their education through greater interaction with faculty in small classes. The interactive courses also enable faculty to share their research in a particular area with students. It is intended for first-year students only.

Discovery sections cover a wide range of disciplines and enrollment is limited to a maximum of twenty students per section. Some Discovery courses can be used to satisfy General Education requirements or requirements in a major, while others are electives. Check with your adviser to find out if a Discovery course satisfies a requirement for you."

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Top 10 Secrets for Breaking into Computer Science / Computer Engineering Fields

We recently polled our mentors for their Top 10 best secrets for helping students break into careers in computer science and computer engineering fields.

Here's what they told us:

#1: Consider getting more than one mentor. Get an academic mentor to help you with school strategies, a professional mentor to help you make career path choices, and another mentor working in a field that interests you to learn more about the reality and challenges of his or her job.
 

#2: Start getting internships in year one of your college program. How many internships you experience is not as important as getting as much meaningful work experience as possible. In computer science and engineering, meaningful work can vary from defining requirements for a solution to developing a solution, writing code for a part of a solution, writing test tools, and testing and installing solutions.

 
#3: Stay aware of current trends in your field and keep your skills up to date on the latest tools.

#4: Avoid getting a retail or fast-food job to support yourself while in college; instead, seek out related work experience.

#5: Consider scouting for jobs at smaller companies and nonprofits where there will be less competition and the potential for greater responsibilities and learning experiences.
 

#6: Register at temporary agencies, not only to get experience related to your field but to check out corporate cultures, network, and learn where you feel most comfortable.

#7: Better to take a low-paying job that offers meaningful work experience than a high-paying job of any kind not related to your field.

#8: If you can't get an internship, work on a project on your own to demonstrate initiative and drive or volunteer to help with someone else's team project.

#9: Students who can demonstrate self-drive and project experience will rank higher with interviewers. Build something you can show off and be able to discuss the process you used to build it.

#10: Diversity is strength. Seek out mentors and work experiences that will introduce you to a diversity of cultures and a variety of leadership styles. If you can, go home with a friend during school break to visit a different part of the country. Learn Chinese and other languages.

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LING 591 SPRING 2008 Seminar:

Computational Semantics for Natural Language

Instructor: Prof. Roxana Girju (girju@uiuc.edu)

Time: 01:00- 02:20 pm Monday and Wednesday

Course Description:
 
Semantics is the study of meaning and knowledge of semantics is important for the understanding of everyday language. Computational Semantics provides models for the creation of various kinds of advanced tools for the automatic processing of natural language, with applications to machine translation, automatic indexing, (multilingual) question answering, textual entailment, text coherence, and so on.

This course provides an introduction to some of the major concepts and recent developments in the computational semantics of natural language. It introduces material that is relevant to computer science, engineering and linguistics. Topics include various representation schemes required for semantic analysis beyond word meaning, with focus on polysemy, metonymy, predicate-argument structure, intentionality, and discourse.

The goals are to provide an overview of the field of Computational Semantics, including concepts, methods, and tools from both a Theoretical Linguistics and a Language Engineering perspective. Moreover, students will become familiar with the techniques and tools needed to develop semantic-based systems. The course will cover fundamental issues in state of the art Computational Semantics tools such as Semantic Parsing, and present its application to Question Answering, Textual Entailment, and Text-to-Scene/Image Generation. The course will also tackle  advanced issues, such as techniques and challenges in automatic semantic processing of multilingual corpora.

 Organization:

Lecture presentations and guided discussions based on reading of prepared material. Case studies and examples will be used to illustrate the practical application of the main concepts, methods, and tools.

Prerequisites:

The course is open to Linguistics, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, and Library and Information Science students. Background in at least one of the following (or equivalent) courses is required:

LING 406 (Introduction to Computational Linguistics), CS 598 DNR (Machine Learning and Natural Language), CS 546 (Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning), ECE 594 (Mathematical Models of Language), CS 225 (Data Structures), or CS 273 (Theory of Computation).
 

For more information contact Roxana Girju at girju@uiuc.edu(Also: Foreign Language Bldg. #4016B or 2043 Beckman Institute)

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* The Hoeft Technology & Management Program.

As an advisor of undergraduate students, I would like you to encourage sophomore students to apply to The Hoeft Technology & Management Program.  The Program is a two year course of study for engineering and business undergraduate students, which leads to a University minor in Technology & Management.  The Hoeft Technology & Management Program provides undergraduate students a working knowledge of the fundamental elements of their cross-disciplines and the opportunity to exercise this knowledge by working together on project teams that mirror those found in most companies today.

The curriculum, consisting of seven customized courses, focuses on preparing students for careers in technical, interdisciplinary, and team-based industry environments.  Engineers are taught the importance of market forces and the financial implications of technology investment while business majors are taught the capabilities and constraints of engineering disciplines and the technical aspects of process and product development.

The T&M Program also includes a significant set of extra curricular activities which allows students to build key career skills and gain hands-on experience in a real-world environment.  Additionally, students have the opportunity to spend ten days in China or India on a simulated international business trip during their junior year.

Admission to the program is competitive and requires application by prospective students during the spring semester of their sophomore year.  Students then enter the program in their junior year and pursue the prescribed course of study while satisfying requirements for a bachelor's degree in their engineering or business major.

Although most students accepted into the T&M Program have already demonstrated leadership skills on campus and are high academic achievers (our average GPA is 3.7) the Program also seeks to admit students who can leverage the Program to develop their full potential.

For additional details about the Program, direct students to our website at www.techmgmt.uiuc.edu or contact me directly at 4-0838 or jfc@uiuc.edu.

Our admissions calendar for 2008 is as follows:

Information Sessions 5:00 – 6:00 PM

Tuesday, January 15th – 1320 Digital Computer Lab (DCL)

Wednesday, January 16th – 66 Library

Thursday, January 17th – 240 Wohlers Hall

Applications accepted January 18th – 24th

Application deadline is Thursday, January 24th at 11:59 pm

Interviews will take place early February, and students will be notified of their admission decision before spring break.

Thanks for your support.

John F. Clarke

Assistant Dean

218 Wohlers Hall

Champaign,IL61820

217-244-0838

jfc@uiuc.edu

http://www.techmgmt.uiuc.edu

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SCHOLARSHIPS, RESEARCH, CONFERENCES AND OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

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*$30,000 Lemelson-Illinois Prize for Student Innovation

It is time once again for the call for entries for the $30,000 Lemelson-Illinois Student Prize for invention and innovation, administered by the College of Engineering through the TechnologyEntrepreneurCenter.  Applications are available online at www.30kprize.uiuc.edu, or at the TechnologyEntrepreneurCenter (313 Ceramics Building, 105 S. Goodwin Ave.,Urbana).  Applications are due by 5:00 PM on November 30, 2007. 

Have questions?  You can attend an information session to learn more about the prize...there are two information sessions remaining.  Dinner will be served at all info sessions.

The prize is open to all undergraduate and graduate students at the UniversityofIllinois at Urbana-Champaign, regardless of major or department.  The goals of the prize are to reward those students who exemplify the innovation and invention occurring at the University.  You can learn more about the prize at www.30kprize.uiuc.edu.  

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Talbots is offering scholarships to women for education.

http://www1.talbots.com/about/scholar/scholar.asp

To fill out the applications use the above link.

THE PROGRAM

In keeping with its long-standing tradition of serving the community, Talbots Charitable Foundation offers a unique, national $100,000 scholarship

program: a fund just for women who earned their high school diploma or GED at least 10 years ago, and who are now seeking a college degree.

This scholarship program is administered by Scholarship Management Services, a department of Scholarship America. Scholarship America is a

national nonprofit educational support and student aid service organization that seeks to involve and assist the private sector in expanding

educational opportunities and encouraging educational achievement. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, disability, or

national origin.

ELIGIBILITY

Applicants to the Talbots Women's Scholarship Fund must -

• Be women currently residing in the United States;

• Be women who have earned a high school diploma or their GED on or before September 1998;

• Be enrolled or planning to enroll in a full- or part-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or

vocational-technical school;

• Be attending the full 2008-2009 academic year and receiving a degree no earlier than May 2009; and

• Have at least two semesters (24 credit hours or more) remaining to complete an undergraduate* degree as of the beginning of the 2008 fall

academic term.

*Students who have previously obtained a bachelor's degree are not eligible to apply.

Talbots and Scholarship America employees or family members are not eligible to apply to this program.

Only the first 1,000 eligible applications received will be processed.

AWARDS

Up to 55 scholarships will be awarded. Five women will each be awarded $10,000 scholarships and 50 women will each be awarded $1,000

scholarships. Only applicants seeking a bachelor's degree from a four-year college or university are eligible to receive a $10,000 award. Awards are

one-time only and not renewable.

Awards are for undergraduate study only.

APPLICATION

Interested students must complete the attached application and essay requirement and mail them along with a current, complete official college or

vocational-technical transcript of grades for all prior courses taken. If the applicant's high school graduation date is not printed on the college

transcript, a copy of the high school transcript, high school diploma or other documentation must be enclosed showing the high school graduation

date. All materials must be sent to Scholarship America postmarked no later than January 2, 2008. On-line transcripts and grade reports are not

acceptable. Copies of the official transcript(s) are acceptable.

Applicants are responsible for gathering and submitting all necessary information. Instructions for completing the Financial Data section of the

application are found below. Applications are evaluated on the information supplied; therefore, answer all questions as completely as possible.

Incomplete applications will not be evaluated.

Once an application is submitted to Scholarship America, no additional information or changes to the application will be accepted.

DEADLINE

The deadline for applications is January 2, 2008 or until the first 1,000 eligible applications have been received, whichever is earlier.

SELECTION OF RECIPIENTS

Scholarship recipients are selected on a number of criteria, including academic record, scholarship essay, potential to succeed, leadership and

participation in community activities, honors, work experience, a statement of educational and career goals, and an outside appraisal. Financial

need as calculated by Scholarship America must be demonstrated for the student to receive an award.

Selection of $10,000 scholarship recipients is made by a Talbots Charitable Foundation-sponsored committee. Applicants to the program may be

contacted and, if selected as a finalist for a $10,000 award, requested to provide a letter of reference at that time.

All applicants will be notified no later than the end of July 2008. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients.

PAYMENT OF SCHOLARSHIPS

Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of Talbots. Payments of $1,000 awards are made in equal installments on August

15 and December 30. Scholarship America will arrange a schedule of payments with the recipients of the $10,000 awards to best meet individual

needs. Checks are mailed to each recipient's home address and are made payable to the school for the student.

OBLIGATIONS

Acceptance of the scholarship constitutes permission for Talbots to use recipients' names, biographical information, and pictures for publicity

purposes, and agreement to attend a scholarship award ceremony at Talbots expense, if such a ceremony is held. Otherwise, recipients have no

obligation to Talbots. They are, however, required to supply Scholarship America with complete transcripts and to notify Scholarship America of any

changes of address, school enrollment, or other relevant information.

MISCELLANEOUS

Talbots reserves the right to interpret and review the conditions and procedures of this scholarship program and to make changes at any time

including termination of the program.

Void where prohibited. All federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply. Recipients shall be responsible for any and all taxes.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Questions regarding the scholarship program should be addressed to:

Talbots Women's Scholarship Fund

Scholarship America

One Scholarship Way, P.O. Box 297

Saint Peter,MN56082

Telephone: (507) 931-1682

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* Apply for the U.S. Department of Energy's summer research program at Argonne National Laboratory – application deadline, February 1, 2008.

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, a major research center, is pleased to announce opportunities for college and university undergraduate students to participate in the Laboratory's ongoing research programs. In addition to such opportunities, the U.S. Department of Energy is directly sponsoring research participation at other DOE facilities.  For more details, see the following:

http://www.dep.anl.gov/p_undergrad/summer.htm

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* The American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois (ACEC-Illinois) is currently accepting applications for its Annual Scholarship Awards Program.  Eligible candidates must be:

  • U.S. citizens
  • currently enrolled in an ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering & Technology) accredited engineering program in Illinois
  • pursuing a Bachelor's, Master's, or PhD degree
  • entering their Junior, Senior, Fifth,  Master's or Graduate year in the Fall of 2008.  

Scholarship award winners will be selected by a committee of ACEC-Illinois Member Firm Principals and based on academic excellence, recommendations and an essay addressing the topic "What is the role or responsibility of the consulting engineer or land surveyor relative to shaping and protecting the natural environment?"  Scholarships are awarded in June 2008.

Last year, ACEC-Illinois awarded $23,500 to 14 students at the state level.  The top applicant received a $4,000 scholarship and thirteen students each received a $1,500 "Named" Scholarship sponsored by ACEC-Illinois Member Firms. In addition, each year the top applicant is forwarded to the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) for the National Scholarship program, where they compete for additional Scholarship Awards.

Information and applications are available online at: www.acec-il.org/scholarship.cfm.

The application deadline is December 14, 2007

The American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois is a statewide association of independent engineering firms which represents the business and professional interests of over 230 member firms, which together employ over 10,000 engineers, architects, technicians and support personnel. ACEC-Illinois is a member organization of the American Council of Engineering Companies, a federation of state and regional councils which represent the interests of more than 5,000 private-practice engineering firms.

For more information on the ACEC-Illinois scholarship program or ACEC-Illinois contact:

Gaye Kick

(217) 529-7430

acecgaye@acec-il.org

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Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship

Dr. Anita Borg (1949 - 2003) devoted her life to revolutionizing the way we think about technology and dismantling the barriers that keep women and minorities from entering the computing and technology fields.

As part of Google's ongoing commitment to furthering Anita's vision, we are pleased to announce the 2008 Google Anita Borg Scholarship. A group of female undergraduate and graduate students will each receive a $10,000 scholarship for the 2008-2009 academic year. All finalists and recipients will also be invited to an all-expenses paid trip to the Google Headquarters in California April 3-5, 2008.

Eligibility Requirements

Candidates must be:
• Entering their senior year of undergraduate study or be enrolled in a graduate program in 2008 – 2009 at a university in the United States
• Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or related technical field majors
• Enrolled in full-time study in 2008 - 2009
• Maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale or 4.5 on a 5.0 scale or equivalent in their current program

For complete details, please visit us at http://www.google.com/anitaborg

Application deadline is Friday, February 1, 2008.

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* NationalCenter for Women in Information Technology (NCWIT) Annual Conference - May 14th-May 15th 2008 - Volunteers will be needed!!!

NCWIT Conference

When: May 14-15th

Where: UIUC

Contact: Sonya Harris (lharris2@uiuc.edu)

The mission of the NationalCenter for Women & Information Technology is to ensure that women are fully represented in the influential world of information technology and computing. And they are holding their conference here at UIUC!! We're looking for volunteers to help out this event. This is a NATIONAL event and it will favor highly for our Department to host this event. If you're interested, contact Sonya and more information is to follow.

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* Games for Girls Competition

We received word that we were awarded funding for this year's Games for Girls Competition. Please share with students. We are currently updating the website but please feel free to contact me or Cassandra Chan (cjchan2@uiuc.edu), student coordinator, if you have any immediate questions. Visit: www.cs.uiuc.edu/g4g

FYI:  This year, there will not be any adult judges. Judging will take place by the high school girls during the ChicTech Retreat

The 'Important Dates' for the Competition are as follows:

Important Dates

1.      Registration Deadline for Competition:  January 31, 2008

  1. Game Submission including evaluations and game instructions - April 9, 2008
  2. Vendor Information Form - 4/09/2008 (in order to receive cash prizes)

4.      Video Submission:  April 13, 2008

5.      Winner Announced:  April 20, 2008

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* ChicTech Retreat - April 19th-20th 2008 - Volunteers/Counselors will be needed!!! Also, if interested in assisting with High School visits during the fall semester, please contact Samantha Chan at sdchan@uiuc.edu.

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The EYH office (Expanding Your Horizons through Math, Science, and Technology) at ISU holds a one-day event in the spring to promote an increase in the number of young women who pursue education and careers that involve math, science, and/or technology.  The day revolves around three hands-on workshops, during which participants in grades 5-10 have the opportunity to learn from women experienced in a career based in science, math, or technology.

If you and/or your group are interested in leading a workshop for this event, please contact Sonya Harris (lharris2@uiuc.edu). Cinda and/or Prof. Pitt can train female students on possible hands-on activities.

The event will be held on Saturday, April 5, 2008 so you will have plenty of time to plan an exciting hands-on activity for the girls. You can also get more information regarding the event by going to their website at www.eyh.ilstu.edu

http://www.eyh.ilstu.edu/><http://www.eyh.ilstu.edu

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CAREER INFO:  JOBS, INTERNSHIPS, CORPORATE EVENTS, CONTESTS AND OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

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* Apple Day in CS! – Tuesday December 4, 2007, 3:30-5:30 pm in 2405 SiebelCenter

Date: Tuesday December 4, 2007

Time: 3:30-5:30 pm

Location: SiebelCenter 2405

3:30 - Consulting Engineer for Programming and Development, Steve Hayman presents a technical lecture to interested students and faculty

4:30 -  Science Market Manager, Michael Gonzales presents Apple in the Sciences overview and honors Professor Michael Heath, Interim Department Head and Fulton Watson Copp Chair in the Department of Computer Science, as an Apple Science Innovator, one of ten honorees in the nation

Details to follow by Friday 11/30.
 

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Position Announcement Undergraduate LibraryStudent Assistants

The Undergraduate Library is seeking applicants for the position of Student Assistant in its Information Services unit who are interested in developing professional and leadership skills.  Applicants should be willing and able to work from 12-20 hours per week in a fast-paced environment. 

Duties:

Perform multiple customer service functions including, but not limited to, charging, discharging and renewing books, media and technology items, collaborate with co-workers on projects, work with and troubleshoot technology, learn to navigate complex databases, maintain collections, and master general front desk management responsibilities. 

Acquired Skills:

Student Assistants will be educated in various aspects of team work, leadership, professional work ethics, records management, statistics keeping, conservation and preservation, and self-evaluation.  They will develop verbal and written communication skills. In addition, Student Assistants will also have the opportunity to shape workflow and policies, learn professional discipline such as reliability and punctuality, and gain a greater understanding of the library and information profession. 

Qualifications:

Required - Exceptional customer service; attention to detail; excellent verbal and written communication skills; reliable and punctual.

Additional Details:

Beginning January 14, 2008, the Undergraduate Library will be open 24 hours from Sunday through Thursday and from 8am – 10pm on Fridays and 10am – 10pm on Saturdays. 

We are hiring students who will be able to work 12 -20 hours per week.  Night owls welcome! 

Pay rate: $7.50/hr from 8:00am – Midnight and $9.50/hr from Midnight – 8:00am. 

 To Apply:

To apply, please send application to the Undergraduate Library, Attn: Debora Pfeiffer, 1402 W. Gregory Drive,Urbana,IL61801.  Email applications to: dpfeiffe@uiuc.edu .  Applications are taken on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.

Application

http://www.library.uiuc.edu/administration/human/pdffiles/studentapp.pdf

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* Interested in working on a research project?

I am Postdoc associated with the Knowledge Representation and Reasoning group and am looking for motivated student(s) that would be interested in working on neuroscience-motivated algorithms.

We have developed a new classification algorithm and will be comparing it with current methods.  Projects include: comparisons between classifiers, development/testing of appropriate machine learning algorithms, merging models and evaluation of 'recognition logic'. Some relevant coursework in these aspects is preferred.

If interested, please contact Tsvi Achler achler@uiuc.edu.

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My name is Alex, and I'm a UIUC compsci alum (graduated in May 07) currently working for GE Healthcare in Barrington,IL.  I am part of a program known as STP, or Software Technology Program, and we're looking to recruit December 07 and May 08 graduates for full-time positions.  Though you can read below for a more detailed description, STP is a great deal if you're interested in a software development job after college; you'll have a variety of rotational assignments to expose you to many products in different stages of the development lifecycle, you'll recieve a MS in computer science from UIUC (which GE will pay for up front), and finally you'll get plenty of in-house training as well.

It seems as if STP is not as well-known as GE's other leadership development programs, so we're trying to reach out to student groups on different campuses to try and spread the word.  If you can forward this along to the rest of your organization I'd appreciate it quite a bit.  As I mentioned, we're primarily looking for full-time employees, but we've also got a few internship opportunities if anyone is interested but will not be graduating in the next academic year.

If you're interested in the STP program and would like to apply, please follow the directions referenced below and submit your resume through gecareers.com ASAP, as the application deadline is approaching quickly.  If you have any questions about the program, feel free to send me an e-mail as I'd be more than happy to talk to you.  The more Illini we can get up here, the better.

Below is the official description of the program.  Thanks for your time.

 - Alex

  

The Software Technology Program is an intense three-year, full-time, rotational assignment program currently offered at GE Healthcare. It is focused on software engineering and medical informatics with the mission of hiring, growing and nurturing the best software engineering talent. It includes a masters degree in Computer Science, academic training in Medical Informatics, and a variety of on the job technical projects and experiences aligned with critical business objectives that provide the skills necessary for future technical innovators at GE.

 

We are looking for fresh graduates with a 4-year bachelors degree in CS or CE with a strong technical aptitude and passion for software and IT and who wish to pursue a career in software engineering, design and development. A minimum GPA of 3.0 and unrestricted authorization to work in the US is required. We are currently recruiting for 2008 and looking for engineers graduating from college either in Dec 2007 or May 2008.

 

If you would like to hear more about this program please feel free to contact me. If you are interested in applying for this position I advise that you apply for this through gecareers. To do so you can go to:

www.gecareers.com/campusinterview
Select GE Healthcare from the dropdown list on the page that comes up.
Click on the Apply button next to the Software Technology Program (STP) and follow the steps to apply.
 

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LECTURES, SYMPOSIA, ETC.

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* Apple Computer invites you to a Technology Update Briefing, Developing on the Mac

When: Tuesday December 4, 2007, 4 – 5 pm

Where: SiebelCenter 2405

Join Steve Hayman, from Apple, Inc. for a look at the command line, compilers,
scripting environments, open source tools, etc. Steve is a National Consulting Engineer with Apple's US Education Team, specializing in Apple's developer tools and UNIX core.

Steve will cover software development with Apple's Xcode tool suite on Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, and discuss and show how to develop applications with Xcode, Interface Builder, Quartz Composer, Automator, Instruments, WebKit, open source technologies and whatever other components of Mac OS X we can squeeze into the time available.

 During the presentation, Steve plans to discuss or demonstrate:

- Automator and why it reminds one of Unix pipelines
- Applescript, why it is either a great programming tool or a mutant language from the moon
- Xcode and Interface Builder for creating applications
- Reusable frameworks included in OS X - how you can reuse our stuff to get a head start

Watch and learn as he builds something with Xcode and Interface Builder
and maybe a small amount of Objective-C. If we are lucky, this involves an inadvertent
_demo of the debugger as well.
 
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Architecture Seminar

Friday, December 7, 2007

4pm, 4405 SC

Andreas Moshovos

UniversityofToronto

"Predictor Virtualization and RegionTracker: Two Ways of Exploiting Multi-Megabyte Caches

Modern on-chip caches continue to grow in size with multi-megabyte caches being the norm today. Two techniques that revisit the design and role of on-chip caches will be presented: Predictor Virtualization and RegionTracker.

Predictor Virtualization can drastically reduce the cost or improving the accuracy and effectiveness of predictor-based techniques. Instead of demanding large, dedicated resources, Predictor Virtualization spills metadata in the memory hierarchy. It will be shown that a virtualized state-of-the-art memory prefetcher needs about 1KB of dedicated resources compared to the 70KB needed without virtualization. A number of additional opportunities facilitated by Predictor Virtualization will be discussed.

RegionTracker, is a framework for implementing coarse-grain optimizations in the on-chip memory hierarchy. As several recent works have demonstrated, coarse-grain information and management can improve performance and power in the on-chip memory hierarchy. RegionTracker aims at eliminating the area and complexity costs associated with existing ways of implementing such coarse-grain optimizations. To demonstrate the potential of RegionTracker, it will be shown that it improves the effectiveness of a broadcast elimination technique "for free", that is without requiring any additional resources compared to a conventional block-based cache of the same capacity. Implementing Stealth Prefetching over RegionTracker will also be discussed.

BIO: Andreas Moshovos is an Associate Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the UniversityofToronto. Along with several students he has been developing performance and power optimization techniques for high-end processors some of which have been implemented in commercial designs.

November 12th Newsletter

To:  All CS Undergraduates        

From:  the CS Academic Office

CS Undergraduate Newsletter

November 12, 2007

  

Advising and Course Information

* Information on early registration for Spring 2008 courses

* Wondering who your advisor is?  See below!

* Discovery courses for freshmen for Spring 2008 -- Registration in Discovery Courses  or Discovery Sections of regular courses is limited to freshmen.

* Five-year BS/MS in CS program - see information below.  Application deadline is Friday, November 16th.

* Extended drop deadline for MATH 415H (section H only), 417, 424, 427, 444, 447 and 448

* Top 10 Secrets for Breaking into Computer Science / Computer Engineering Fields

* Spring 2008 Art + Design classes that are Open to the University, including our Discovery classes, classes with No Restrictions, and classes where all restrictions will be lifted on November 19.  Please see below for the specific courses.

Scholarships, Research, Conferences and other Opportunities

* $30,000 Lemelson-Illinois Prize for Student Innovation.  It is time once again for the call for entries for the $30,000 Lemelson-Illinois Student Prize for invention and innovation, administered by the College of Engineering through the TechnologyEntrepreneurCenter.

* The Computer Science Student Advisory Council (CSSAC) needs one Junior or Senior to serve as a member - see info below 

* The CCSC South Central Conference professional papers submission deadline is fast approaching.  Deadline for student submissions is November 26th.

* Apply for the U.S. *Department of Energy's summer research program at* Argonne National Laboratory - application deadline, February 1, 2008.

* The American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois (ACEC-Illinois) is currently accepting applications for its Annual Scholarship Awards Program.  Information and applications are available online at: www.acec-il.org/scholarship.cfm. The application deadline is December 14, 2007.

Career Info:  Jobs, Internships, Corporate Events, Contests and other opportunities 

* Interested in working on a research project? with the Knowledge Representation and Reasoning group - See Below

* Internship positions at Yahoo (part-time) - see details below

* Cazoodle Inc., a spin-off from Computer Science of UIUC, is looking for *Web Programmer* and *Search Architect: to build the "next* generation" Web applications and "data aware" search engines.

* GE Healthcare in Barrington,IL*.  program known as STP, or Software Technology Program, is looking to recruit December 07 and May 08 graduates for full-time positions.*

* The Career Center is offering a workshop on graduate school options on Monday, November 12, from 6-7PM at the* CareerCenter's Conference Room.

* ChicTech Retreat - April 19th-20th 2008 - Volunteers/Counselors will be needed!!! Also, if interested in assisting with High School visits during the fall semester, please contact Samantha Chan at sdchan@uiuc.edu. 

* NationalCenter for Women in Information Technology (NCWIT) Annual Conference - May 14th-May 15th 2008 - Volunteers will be needed!!!

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Lectures, Symposia, etc.

* COMPUTER SCIENCE COLLOQUIUM

Natural Language Parsing and Protein Folding
Julia Hockenmaier Department of Computer Science
November 12 (Monday), 2007 at 4:00 p.m. ---1404 SiebelCenter  

*Introducing the MotorolaCenter for Communications Lecture Series

Title:  An Insider's View into the Future of Wireless Communications
4 p.m. November 12, CSL B02
Presenter:  Gary Grube  Motorola Senior Fellow

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ADVISING AND COURSE INFORMATION

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* Information on early registration for Spring 2008 courses

Early registration for Spring 2008 courses begins soon.  Some students (Chancellors Honors and James Scholars) will be able to register as soon as October 29th.  To find out precisely when you will be able to register, you can check your Time Ticket (the earliest time you are authorized to register) on Enterprise Applications (the program you use to register). 

ALL NEW FRESHMEN, NEW TRANSFER STUDENTS AND JUNIORS WILL BE REQUIRED TO MEET WITH THEIR FACULTY ADVISORS BEFORE REGISTERING FOR COURSES.  You have already received an email about this and will receive a reminder soon.  Read it carefully!

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* Wondering who your advisor is?

Answer:  You have more than one advisor!   All students have a faculty advisor assigned to serve as a mentor, to answer questions about specializations, careers and graduate school.  For routine questions about degree requirements, policies and procedures, visit the staff in the CS Academic Office -- the advising office for all CS, Math & CS, and Statistics & CS majors.  Office hours are 8:00 to 11:45 am mornings and 1:00 to 4:45 afternoons, M-F.  On rare occasions, the office may shut down for meetings or other events, but we usually limit these to an hour at most and schedule them during low-traffic times.  You can also ask advising questions by emailing Steve Herzog, the full-time CS advisor, at smherzog@uiuc.edu.  To find out more about the academic office and the CS advising resources, visit the CS website's undergraduate advising wiki at https://agora.cs.uiuc.edu/display/undergradProg/CS+Department+Advising.

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* Peer Advisors wanted!  Volunteer to field email questions from fellow CS, Math &CS, and Stats& CS students about courses, workload, student organizations, apartments, and other issues that students are best equipped to address.

We're looking particularly for seniors, juniors and sophomores.  Please email Steve Herzog (smherzog@uiuc.edu) with the following information:

Your name:

Your program (CS, Math & CS or Stat & CS):

Your netid:

Issues that you are particularly well able to address (e.g. minors, student organizations, specializations, etc.):

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* Discovery courses for freshmen for Spring 2008

The list of Discover Course offerings for Spring 2008 has been posted to the Provost's website:

http://www.provost.uiuc.edu/programs/discovery/Courses.html

Registration in Discovery Courses or Discovery Sections of regular courses is limited to freshmen.  Here's the rationale for the program as presented by the university:  "The Discovery Program helps Illinois students enhance their education through greater interaction with faculty in small classes. The interactive courses also enable faculty to share their research in a particular area with students. It is intended for first-year students only.

Discovery sections cover a wide range of disciplines and enrollment is limited to a maximum of twenty students per section. Some Discovery courses can be used to satisfy General Education requirements or requirements in a major, while others are electives. Check with your adviser to find out if a Discovery course satisfies a requirement for you."

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* Five-year BS/MS in CS program - see information below.  Application deadline is Friday, November 16th.

Are you interested in a program that will make you more marketable to potential employers while introducing you to serious research?  If so, then the following is for you.

Applications for Spring 2008 provisional admission to the 5-year BS/MS program in Computer Science are being accepted from juniors and select first semester seniors.  

Candidates for this highly competitive program must have a 3.5 GPA, though many things in addition to GPA are considered for admission. 

Applications and all supporting credentials (non-UIUC transcripts, reference letters, statement of purpose) are due to the Academic Office (1210 SC) by:

          ** Friday November 16, 2007 at 4:45pm **

Because entry into this accelerated MS program is so competitive, late applications will not be considered.

Please consult the CS Department web site for electronic applications, a copy of the reference letter template, the program description, and the research code list:

      http://www.cs.uiuc.edu/undergraduate/programs.php#bsms

Answers to questions frequently asked by applicants over several semesters are available on-line at:

    http://www.cs.uiuc.edu/undergraduate/bsmsfaq.php

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* Extended drop deadline for MATH 415H (section H only), 417, 424, 427, 444, 447 and 448

LAS and Engineering students enrolled in Mathematics 415H, 417, 424, 427, 444, 447, and 448 are permitted to drop from these courses without academic penalty and without petition through the end of the 13th week of the semester.  Thus, Friday, November 16, 2007, is the drop deadline for these courses in Fall 2007.

LAS students who wish to drop the course(s) should see the receptionist in the LAS office and ask to be directed to a COAR user, who will process the late drop without a grade of "W".  Engineering students should be directed to the Engineering College Office, 206 Engineering Hall, for assistance with the late drop.  Students in other colleges may need to petition their college office for this policy to be applied, but the math department would support it.

Any request to drop Math 415H, 417, 424, 427, 444, 447, and 448 after November 16, 2007, will be considered a late drop request, and the student will be required to submit a written petition to the Late Add / Drop Committee consistent with normal policy.

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Top 10 Secrets for Breaking into Computer Science / Computer Engineering Fields

We recently polled our mentors for their Top 10 best secrets for helping students break into careers in computer science and computer engineering fields.

Here's what they told us:

#1: Consider getting more than one mentor. Get an academic mentor to help you with school strategies, a professional mentor to help you make career path choices, and another mentor working in a field that interests you to learn more about the reality and challenges of his or her job.

#2: Start getting internships in year one of your college program. How many internships you experience is not as important as getting as much meaningful work experience as possible. In computer science and engineering, meaningful work can vary from defining requirements for a solution to developing a solution, writing code for a part of a solution, writing test tools, and testing and installing solutions.

#3: Stay aware of current trends in your field and keep your skills up to date on the latest tools.

#4: Avoid getting a retail or fast-food job to support yourself while in college; instead, seek out related work experience.

#5: Consider scouting for jobs at smaller companies and nonprofits where there will be less competition and the potential for greater responsibilities and learning experiences.

#6: Register at temporary agencies, not only to get experience related to your field but to check out corporate cultures, network, and learn where you feel most comfortable.

#7: Better to take a low-paying job that offers meaningful work experience than a high-paying job of any kind not related to your field.

#8: If you can't get an internship, work on a project on your own to demonstrate initiative and drive or volunteer to help with someone else's team project.

#9: Students who can demonstrate self-drive and project experience will rank higher with interviewers. Build something you can show off and be able to discuss the process you used to build it.

#10: Diversity is strength. Seek out mentors and work experiences that will introduce you to a diversity of cultures and a variety of leadership styles. If you can, go home with a friend during school break to visit a different part of the country. Learn Chinese and other languages.

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Below is a list of Spring 2008 Art + Design classes that are Open to the University, including our Discovery classes, classes with No Restrictions, and classes where all restrictions will be lifted on November 19.

Please pass this information on to interested students.

Spring 2008 Art + Design Discovery Classes

ART 199   CRN: 39747   MW   9:00-11:40   Professor Billie Theide

Topic: Introduction to Jewelry/Metal I, 3 credits

ART 199   CRN: 44617   MW   1:00-3:40   Professor Robin Douglas

Topic: Expressive Painting, 3 credits

ART 199   CRN: 44619   TR   4:00-6:40   Professor Myoun Kim

Topic: Design processes from the United States to Korea, 3 credits

ART 199   CRN: 44612   MW   4:00-6:40   Professor Thomas Albrecht

Topic: Drawing I, 3 credits

Open Spring 2008 Art + Design classes ­ No Restrictions ART 250:

Writing With Video, WWV, 3 credit hours Advanced Composition,

Literature and the Arts, and Western Comparative Culture approved.

CRN: 46811   MW   1:00-3:40

CRN: 46812   MW   4:00-6:40

CRN: 46813   TR   4:00-6:40

CRN: 48588   TR   7:00-9:40

CRN: 48589   TR   7:00-9:40

CRN: 46815   TR   9:00-11:40

ART 108: Ikebana: Japanese Floral Arts, 3 credit hours

CRN: 47180   W   1:00-3:40   Professor Kimiko Gunji

ARTH 112 Renaissance to Modern Art, 4 credit hours, Literature & Arts

Gen Ed CRN: 30622   MWF   12:00-12:50   Professor Jennifer Greenhill

ARTH 114 Introduction to East Asian Art, 4 credit hours, Non-Western

Gen Ed CRN: 48044   MWF    1:00-1:50   Professor Anne Burkus-Chasson

ARTH 215 Greek Art, 3 credit hours CRN: 30623    MW   10:30-11:45   Professor Eric Hostetter

ARTH 257 History of Photography, 3 credit hours

CRN: 48074   MWF   12:00-12:50   Professor Eun Young Jung

ARTH 360 Women and the Visual Arts, 3 credit hours

CRN: 39087   TR   1:00-2:15   Professor Jeryldene Wood

ARTH 423 Romanesque Art — 3 credit hours

CRN: 43848   TR   4:00-5:15   Professor Charlotte Bauer

ARTH 433 Fifteenth-Century Italian Art, 3 credit hours

CRN: 47911   TR   10:30-11:45   Professor Jeryldene Wood

ARTH 444 Spanish Art 1700-1900, 3 credit hours

CRN: 48068   TR   2:30-3:45   Professor Oscar Vazquez

ARTH 446 Art Since 1940, 3 credit hours

CRN: 39095   MW   1:00-2:15   Professor Jennifer Burns

ARTD 299 Special Topics in Design Courses, 3 credit hours

Topic: Understanding Visual Literacy.

CRN: 46831   MW   4:00-5:15   Professor John Jennings

ARTS 299 Special Topics in Studio Art, 3 credit hours

Topic: Museums in Action: Engaging the Community.

CRN: 49096   TR   9:00-10:20   Anne Sautman

ARTS 499 Special Topics in Studio Art, 3 credit hours

Topic: The Body Articulated.

CRN: 46860   TR   4:00-6:40   Professor Judi Ross

Spring 2008 Art + Design classes ­ All restrictions lifted on

November 19

ARTS 210 Ceramics Sculpture I, 3 credit hours

CRN: 30375   MW   1:00-3:40   Catherine Wiesener

CRN: 30374   TR   1:00-3:40   Professor Ronald Kovatch

ARTS 230 Jewelry/Metals I, 3 credit hours

CRN: 30371   MW   4:00-6:40

CRN: 30370   TR   4:00-6:40

ARTS 260 Basic Photography, 3 credit hours

CRN: 30739   MW   1:00-3:40   Steven Kluempers

CRN: 30736   MW   9:00-11:40   Donald Rasmussen

CRN: 30741   TR   1:00-3:40   Donald Rasmussen

CRN: 30738   TR   9:00-11:40   Matthew Crowther

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SCHOLARSHIPS, RESEARCH, CONFERENCES AND OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

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*$30,000 Lemelson-Illinois Prize for Student Innovation

It is time once again for the call for entries for the $30,000 Lemelson-Illinois Student Prize for invention and innovation, administered by the College of Engineering through the TechnologyEntrepreneurCenter.  Applications are available online at www.30kprize.uiuc.edu, or at the TechnologyEntrepreneurCenter (313 Ceramics Building, 105 S. Goodwin Ave.,Urbana).  Applications are due by 5:00 PM on November 30, 2007. 

Have questions?  You can attend an information session to learn more about the prize...there are two information sessions remaining.  Dinner will be served at all info sessions.

Nov 1, 2007 | 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
ACES Library Heritage Room

Nov 7, 2007 | 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Grainger Engineering Library

The prize is open to all undergraduate and graduate students at the UniversityofIllinois at Urbana-Champaign, regardless of major or department.  The goals of the prize are to reward those students who exemplify the innovation and invention occurring at the University.  You can learn more about the prize at www.30kprize.uiuc.edu.  

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* The Computer Science Student Advisory Council (CSSAC) needs one Junior or Senior to serve as an at-large member (undergrad II)

The Student Advisory Council represents the concerns of the student population, advises and helps in the administration of the department, and promotes better relations between students, faculty, and staff. The council is comprised of liaison members from all CS registered student organizations and three representatives from the student body at large (one from each level - undergrad I and II, and grad). The council meets a couple of times during fall and spring semesters.  If you are interested, please email a personal statement (one-two paragraphs) with your qualifications to Steve Herzog (smherzog@uiuc.edu).  All applications will be read (anonymously) by the current council members and ranked.

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* The CCSC South Central Conference professional papers submission deadline is fast approaching. November 5th is just two weeks ahead. This is just a reminder for those that may be considering submitting their work. The CCSC South Central Regional Conference has become a significant medium of information exchange in several areas of computer science teaching and research.  In April, the conference will be hosted by Texas A&M University - Corpus Christ, The Island University, in Corpus Christ, Texas.

Papers on a diversity of topics in teaching computer science, introducing new subjects in the curriculum, and advanced research results from teaching-oriented institutions are solicited. Two main themes are going to be highlighted this year: Computer and Network Security, and Software Engineering Concepts and Applications. However, papers in all areas will be considered.  This is your chance to participate by submitting a paper, tutorial, panel proposal, or just attend the conference.

Attached to this message, you will find the first call for submissions. Any questions you may have can be addressed to any of the Conference Committee members.

Important dates are:

Deadline for submission of regular papers: November 5, 2007

Deadline for submission of panels and tutorials: November 21, 2007

Deadline for submission of student papers: November 26, 2007

Deadline for submission of student posters: April 1, 2008

Conference dates: April 18 and 19, 2008

We hope to see you there!

If you do not want to receive any other information about the conference, please notify the publicity chair, Dr. Nelson Passos at nelson.passos@mwsu.edu.

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* Apply for the U.S. *Department of Energy's summer research program at* Argonne National Laboratory - application deadline, February 1, 2008.

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, a major research center, is pleased to announce opportunities for college and university undergraduate students to participate in the Laboratory's ongoing research programs. In addition to such opportunities, the U.S. Department of Energy is directly sponsoring research participation at other DOE facilities.  For more details, see the following:

http://www.dep.anl.gov/p_undergrad/summer.htm

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* The American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois (ACEC-Illinois) is currently accepting applications for its Annual Scholarship Awards Program.  Eligible candidates must be:

  • U.S. citizens
  • currently enrolled in an ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering & Technology) accredited engineering program in Illinois
  • pursuing a Bachelor's, Master's, or PhD degree
  • entering their Junior, Senior, Fifth,  Master's or Graduate year in the Fall of 2008.  

Scholarship award winners will be selected by a committee of ACEC-Illinois Member Firm Principals and based on academic excellence, recommendations and an essay addressing the topic "What is the role or responsibility of the consulting engineer or land surveyor relative to shaping and protecting the natural environment?"  Scholarships are awarded in June 2008.

Last year, ACEC-Illinois awarded $23,500 to 14 students at the state level.  The top applicant received a $4,000 scholarship and thirteen students each received a $1,500 "Named" Scholarship sponsored by ACEC-Illinois Member Firms. In addition, each year the top applicant is forwarded to the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) for the National Scholarship program, where they compete for additional Scholarship Awards.

Information and applications are available online at: www.acec-il.org/scholarship.cfm.

The application deadline is December 14, 2007

The American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois is a statewide association of independent engineering firms which represents the business and professional interests of over 230 member firms, which together employ over 10,000 engineers, architects, technicians and support personnel. ACEC-Illinois is a member organization of the American Council of Engineering Companies, a federation of state and regional councils which represent the interests of more than 5,000 private-practice engineering firms.

For more information on the ACEC-Illinois scholarship program or ACEC-Illinois contact:

Gaye Kick

(217) 529-7430

acecgaye@acec-il.org

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NationalCenter for Women in Information Technology (NCWIT) Conference

When: May 14-15th

Where: UIUC

Contact: Sonya Harris (*lharris2@uiuc.edu)*

The mission of the NationalCenter for Women & Information Technology is to ensure that women are fully represented in the influential world of information technology and computing. And they are holding their conference here at UIUC!! We're looking for volunteers to help out this event. This is a NATIONAL event and it will favor highly for our Department to host this event. If you're interested, contact Sonya and more information is to follow.

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CAREER INFO:  JOBS, INTERNSHIPS, CORPORATE EVENTS, CONTESTS AND OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

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* Interested in working on a research project?

I am Postdoc associated with the Knowledge Representation and Reasoning group and am looking for motivated student(s) that would be interested in working on neuroscience-motivated algorithms.

We have developed a new classification algorithm and will be comparing it with current methods.  Projects include: comparisons between classifiers, development/testing of appropriate machine learning algorithms, merging models and evaluation of 'recognition logic'. Some relevant coursework in these aspects is preferred.

If interested, please contact Tsvi Achler achler@uiuc.edu.

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* Internship positions at Yahoo (part-time)

Position #1: Yahoo - Part Time Software Intern (Web Development)

Where: Yahoo! @ ResearchPark
 Send resume to: Gilda Jennings ( gilda@yahoo-inc.com*)*

Yahoo! has an exciting, part-time opportunity for a highly motivated Computer Science / Computer Engineering major. If you would like to work for the leading global Internet brand and one of the most trafficked internet destinations worldwide, Yahoo! is the company for you. The Production Operations Team is looking for someone to develop a Planning Web Interface (PWI) to provide Yahoo staff with a single destination to view an online, on-demand, version of the operations Plan of Record.
 
The initial estimate for this project is 195-240 hours.  This position has the potential to turn into a Part Time position for the entire school year, and a full time position during the summer.
 
Required Skills:
Experienced with web design
Familiarity with PHP
Strong communication skills
The ability to work 15 - 20 hours per week
 
Position #2 Yahoo - Part Time Software Intern (Systems Administration)

Where: Yahoo! @ ResearchPark
Send resume to: Gilda Jennings ( gilda@yahoo-inc.com*)*

Yahoo! has an exciting, part-time internship opportunity for a highly motivated Computer Science / Computer Engineering major with an interest in systems administration. If you would like to work for the leading global Internet brand and one of the most trafficked internet destinations worldwide, Yahoo! is the company for you. We are looking for a detail oriented individual to assist in a variety of tasks to ensure that the Yahoo infrastructure is successfully maintained and our customer's needs are met.
 
Required Skills:
Demonstrated Unix systems knowledge
Strong communication skills
Team Player
Ability to work 15 hours per week

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* Cazoodle Inc., a spin-off from Computer Science of UIUC, is looking

for *Web Programmer* and *Search Architect: to build the "next*

generation" Web applications and "data aware" search engines.

**** Maybe that's you!!

* Quick learner-- and we'll teach you the rest!

* Full-time, part-time, and co-op positions available

* Skills (preferred, not necessary):

-- Web Programmer:

DHTML, CSS, XML, Javascript, PHP, Flash.

-- Search Architect:

Search algorithms, Databases, Machine Learning, OS.

**** Let's talk:

jobs@cazoodle.com, admin.cazoodle@gmail.com

And, Cazoodle is:

* http://www.cazoodle.com/

* at the ResearchPark (near Assembly Hall).

* average age: 24.8 years as of August 1, 2007.

* also known as: http://apartment.cazoodle.com

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My name is Alex, and I'm a UIUC compsci alum (graduated in May 07) currently working for GE Healthcare in Barrington,IL.  I am part of a program known as STP, or Software Technology Program, and we're looking to recruit December 07 and May 08 graduates for full-time positions.  Though you can read below for a more detailed description, STP is a great deal if you're interested in a software development job after college; you'll have a variety of rotational assignments to expose you to many products in different stages of the development lifecycle, you'll recieve a MS in computer science from UIUC (which GE will pay for up front), and finally you'll get plenty of in-house training as well.

It seems as if STP is not as well-known as GE's other leadership development programs, so we're trying to reach out to student groups on different campuses to try and spread the word.  If you can forward this along to the rest of your organization I'd appreciate it quite a bit.  As I mentioned, we're primarily looking for full-time employees, but we've also got a few internship opportunities if anyone is interested but will not be graduating in the next academic year.

If you're interested in the STP program and would like to apply, please follow the directions referenced below and submit your resume through gecareers.com ASAP, as the application deadline is approaching quickly.  If you have any questions about the program, feel free to send me an e-mail as I'd be more than happy to talk to you.  The more Illini we can get up here, the better.

Below is the official description of the program.  Thanks for your time.

 - Alex

The Software Technology Program is an intense three-year, full-time, rotational assignment program currently offered at GE Healthcare. It is focused on software engineering and medical informatics with the mission of hiring, growing and nurturing the best software engineering talent. It includes a masters degree in Computer Science, academic training in Medical Informatics, and a variety of on the job technical projects and experiences aligned with critical business objectives that provide the skills necessary for future technical innovators at GE.

We are looking for fresh graduates with a 4-year bachelors degree in CS or CE with a strong technical aptitude and passion for software and IT and who wish to pursue a career in software engineering, design and development. A minimum GPA of 3.0 and unrestricted authorization to work in the US is required. We are currently recruiting for 2008 and looking for engineers graduating from college either in Dec 2007 or May 2008.

If you would like to hear more about this program please feel free to contact me. If you are interested in applying for this position I advise that you apply for this through gecareers. To do so you can go to:

www.gecareers.com/campusinterview
Select GE Healthcare from the dropdown list on the page that comes up.
Click on the Apply button next to the Software Technology Program (STP) and follow the steps to apply.

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* The Career Center is offering a workshop on graduate school options on Monday, November 12, from 6-7PM at the CareerCenter*'s Conference Room*. Please encourage anyone who is considering graduate schools to attend.

Topics will include:

-          What to consider when deciding whether or not to pursue graduate school

-          How to research graduate schools

-          The application process

-          GRE

Exploring GraduateSchool Options Workshop

Monday, November 12, 6-7 PM

The Career Center Conference Room

(715 S. Wright St,Champaign)

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* ChicTech Retreat - April 19th-20th 2008 - Volunteers/Counselors will be needed!!! Also, if interested in assisting with High School visits during the fall semester, please contact Samantha Chan at sdchan@uiuc.edu.

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* NationalCenter for Women in Information Technology (NCWIT) Annual Conference - May 14th-May 15th 2008 - Volunteers will be needed!!!

NCWIT Conference

When: May 14-15th

Where: UIUC

Contact: Sonya Harris (lharris2@uiuc.edu)

The mission of the NationalCenter for Women & Information Technology is to ensure that women are fully represented in the influential world of information technology and computing. And they are holding their conference here at UIUC!! We're looking for volunteers to help out this event. This is a NATIONAL event and it will favor highly for our Department to host this event. If you're interested, contact Sonya and more information is to follow.

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LECTURES, SYMPOSIA, ETC.

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* COMPUTER SCIENCE COLLOQUIUM (and Graduate Seminar)

Natural Language Parsing and Protein Folding

Julia Hockenmaier

Department of Computer Science

November 12 (Monday), 2007 at 4:00 p.m.

1404 SiebelCenter for Computer Science

We know that adult speakers of a language have no problem understanding newspapers in that language, and that proteins fold spontaneously into specific three-dimensional structures. However, a sentence in the Wall Street Journal may have millions of possible grammatical analyses, and a protein may have millions of possible structures. As computer scientists who want to design systems that can either parse natural language or predict the folded structure of proteins, we are faced with two very similar search problems: In both cases, we want to find the optimal structure of an input sequence among an exponential number of possible alternatives.

Bio:

Julia Hockenmaier is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at the UniversityofIllinois at Urbana-Champaign. Before coming to Illinois, she was a postdoc with Aravind Joshi at the Institute for Research in Cognitive Science at the UniversityofPennsylvania, and was also a frequent visitor to Ken Dill's research group at UCSF. Before that, she did a PhD in Informatics at the UniversityofEdinburgh with Mark Steedman. Professor Hockenmaier's main areas of interest include computational linguistics and computational biology.

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* Introducing the MotorolaCenter for Communications Lecture Series

Title:  *An Insider's View into the Future of Wireless Communications --* 4 p.m. November 12, CSL B02

Presenter:

Gary Grube

Motorola Senior Fellow 

Abstract:

Big changes are in store for what people can do with wireless communications. An overview of world trends, business model disruptions, culture inducted expectations, and technology advancements will be presented that will shape the future opportunities for wireless. Come see how WiMAX, cognitive radio, software defined radio, MIMO, beam steering, and cooperative antenna systems will enable economical broadband to billions of people.

Bio:

Gary is a Motorola Senior Fellow and leads all wireless research at Motorola Labs. Previously he held the Chief Technology Officer and  Corporate Vice President position at Motorola's Government and  Enterprise Mobility Solutions Business.

 Since joining Motorola in 1980, Gary has worked in the area of wireless systems development focusing on system architecture, intellectual property rights, and technology planning. He helped create the innovations that enabled the first mission critical IP networks in public safety, the first digital radio systems, and more recently broadband access and applications platforms.

A frequent public speaker, Gary has been called upon many times by the U.S. Congress to testify as an expert in matters related to homeland security communications. In addition, Gary's personal knowledge and interest in auto racing, combined with his experience in communications technology, has helped Motorola leverage the challenging racing environment to test new technologies that can be deployed across other segments. He works directly with organizations like the General Motors LeMans Corvette team and the Andretti-Green Indy Car Racing Team.

Gary earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE) degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) at Northwestern University in EvanstonIllinois.

November 5th Newsletter

To:  All CS Undergraduates        
From:  the CS Academic Office
CS Undergraduate Newsletter

November 5, 2007

Advising and Course Information* Information on early registration for Spring 2008 courses

* Wondering who your advisor is?  See below!

* Peer Advisors wanted!  Volunteer to field email questions from fellow CS, Math &CS, and Stats& CS students about courses, workload, student organizations and other issues that students are best equipped to address

* Discovery courses for freshmen for Spring 2008 -- Registration in Discovery Courses  or Discovery Sections of regular courses is limited to freshmen. * Finding a Major that Fits, offered by The Career Center -- This workshop dates remaining this semester---October 16, 25 and November 1 & 6.
Each workshop is one hour in length.  Pre-registration is strongly encouraged via the Career Center website
(http://www.careercenter.uiuc.edu/services/workshops/wsmain.asp).

* Five-year BS/MS in CS program - see information below.  Application deadline is Friday, November 16th.

* Extended drop deadline for MATH 415H (section H only), 417, 424, 427, 444, 447 and 448

* Top 10 Secrets for Breaking into Computer Science / Computer Engineering Fields

* Spring 2008 Art + Design classes that are Open to the University, including our Discovery classes, classes with No Restrictions, and classes where all restrictions will be lifted on November 19.  Please see below for the specific courses.

Scholarships, Research, Conferences and other Opportunities

* $30,000 Lemelson-Illinois Prize for Student Innovation.  It is time once again for the call for entries for the $30,000 Lemelson-Illinois Student Prize for invention and innovation, administered by the College of Engineering through the Technology Entrepreneur Center.

* The Computer Science Student Advisory Council (CSSAC) needs one Junior or Senior to serve as a member - see info below 

* The CCSC South Central Conference professional papers submission deadline is fast approaching. November 5th is just two weeks ahead.
* The American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois (ACEC-Illinois) is currently accepting applications for its Annual Scholarship Awards Program.  Information and applications are available online at: www.acec-il.org/scholarship.cfm. The application deadline is December 14, 2007.
Career Info:  Jobs, Internships, Corporate Events, Contests and other opportunities

* Internship positions at Yahoo (part-time) - see details below


* Cazoodle Inc., a spin-off from Computer Science of UIUC, is looking
for *Web Programmer* and *Search Architect: to build the "next*
generation" Web applications and "data aware" search engines.


* GE Healthcare in Barrington, IL.  program known as STP, or Software Technology Program, is looking to recruit December 07 and May 08 graduates for full-time positions.

* ChicTech Retreat - April 19th-20th 2008 - Volunteers/Counselors will be needed!!! Also, if interested in assisting with High School visits during the fall semester, please contact Samantha Chan at sdchan@uiuc.edu.

* National Center for Women in Information Technology (NCWIT) Annual Conference - May 14th-May 15th 2008 - Volunteers will be needed!!!
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Lectures, Symposia, etc.* Paul Debevec, the SIGGRAPH 2007 Computer Animation Festival Chair, will present the full Electronic Theater program on Thursday, Nov. 8th in the NCSA auditorium.  This event is free of charge and open to the public. There will be free food at the reception.
*COMPUTER SCIENCE COLLOQUIUM (and Graduate Seminar)
Automata on nested words with applications to software verification and XML
Madhusudan Parthasarathy - Department of Computer Science -University of Illinois--
November 5 (Monday), 2007 at 4:00 p.m.-- 1404 Siebel Center for Computer Science

* COMPUTER SCIENCE COLLOQUIUM (and Graduate Seminar)
John von Neumann and the Origins of Scientific Computing
Joe Grcar -- Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and PhD Alumnus
November 8 (Thursday), 2007 at 10:00 a.m. -- 2405 Siebel Center for Computer Science
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ADVISING AND COURSE INFORMATION
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* Information on early registration for Spring 2008 courses
Early registration for Spring 2008 courses begins soon.  Some students (Chancellors Honors and James Scholars) will be able to register as soon as October 29th.  To find out precisely when you will be able to register, you can check your Time Ticket (the earliest time you are authorized to register) on Enterprise Applications (the program you use to register). 
ALL NEW FRESHMEN, NEW TRANSFER STUDENTS AND JUNIORS WILL BE REQUIRED TO MEET WITH THEIR FACULTY ADVISORS BEFORE REGISTERING FOR COURSES.  You have already received an email about this and will receive a reminder soon.  Read it carefully!
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* Wondering who your advisor is?

Answer:  You have more than one advisor!   All students have a faculty advisor assigned to serve as a mentor, to answer questions about specializations, careers and graduate school.  For routine questions about degree requirements, policies and procedures, visit the staff in the CS Academic Office -- the advising office for all CS, Math & CS, and Statistics & CS majors.  Office hours are 8:00 to 11:45 am mornings and 1:00 to 4:45 afternoons, M-F.  On rare occasions, the office may shut down for meetings or other events, but we usually limit these to an hour at most and schedule them during low-traffic times.  You can also ask advising questions by emailing Steve Herzog, the full-time CS advisor, at smherzog@uiuc.edu.  To find out more about the academic office and the CS advising resources, visit the CS website's undergraduate advising wiki at https://agora.cs.uiuc.edu/display/undergradProg/CS+Department+Advising.
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* Peer Advisors wanted!  Volunteer to field email questions from fellow CS, Math &CS, and Stats& CS students about courses, workload, student organizations, apartments, and other issues that students are best equipped to address.
We're looking particularly for seniors, juniors and sophomores.  Please email Steve Herzog (smherzog@uiuc.edu) with the following information:
Your name:
Your program (CS, Math & CS or Stat & CS):
Your netid:
Issues that you are particularly well able to address (e.g. minors, student organizations, specializations, etc.):
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* Discovery courses for freshmen for Spring 2008

The list of Discover Course offerings for Spring 2008 has been posted to the Provost's website:

http://www.provost.uiuc.edu/programs/discovery/Courses.html

Registration in Discovery Courses or Discovery Sections of regular courses is limited to freshmen.  Here's the rationale for the program as presented by the university:  "The Discovery Program helps Illinois students enhance their education through greater interaction with faculty in small classes. The interactive courses also enable faculty to share their research in a particular area with students. It is intended for first-year students only.

Discovery sections cover a wide range of disciplines and enrollment is limited to a maximum of twenty students per section. Some Discovery courses can be used to satisfy General Education requirements or requirements in a major, while others are electives. Check with your adviser to find out if a Discovery course satisfies a requirement for you."

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*Finding a Major that Fits
 
Finding a Major that Fits, offered by The Career Center has provided help for over one hundred students who are exploring majors at UIUC.  This workshop is designed to assist freshmen and sophomore students select a major and can also be useful for students considering changing their major.   Participants learn how to identify their primary interests and connect interests to possible majors.  By the end of the workshop, students are asked to identify at least 2 potential majors to explore. Additionally, students will be introduced to web resources to help them explore these potential majors.
 
This workshop dates remaining this semester---November 6.
** Each workshop is one hour in length.  Pre-registration is strongly encouraged via the Career Center website (http://www.careercenter.uiuc.edu/services/workshops/wsmain.asp).
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* Five-year BS/MS in CS program - see information below.  Application deadline is Friday, November 16th.

Are you interested in a program that will make you more marketable to potential employers while introducing you to serious research?  If so, then the following is for you.

Applications for Spring 2008 provisional admission to the 5-year BS/MS program in Computer Science are being accepted from juniors and select first semester seniors.  

Candidates for this highly competitive program must have a 3.5 GPA, though many things in addition to GPA are considered for admission. 

Applications and all supporting credentials (non-UIUC transcripts, reference letters, statement of purpose) are due to the Academic Office (1210 SC) by:

          ** Friday November 16, 2007 at 4:45pm **

Because entry into this accelerated MS program is so competitive, late applications will not be considered.

Please consult the CS Department web site for electronic applications, a copy of the reference letter template, the program description, and the research code list:

      http://www.cs.uiuc.edu/undergraduate/programs.php#bsms

Answers to questions frequently asked by applicants over several semesters are available on-line at:
    http://www.cs.uiuc.edu/undergraduate/bsmsfaq.php

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* Extended drop deadline for MATH 415H (section H only), 417, 424, 427, 444, 447 and 448
LAS and Engineering students enrolled in Mathematics 415H, 417, 424, 427, 444, 447, and 448 are permitted to drop from these courses without academic penalty and without petition through the end of the 13th week of the semester.  Thus, Friday, November 16, 2007, is the drop deadline for these courses in Fall 2007.

LAS students who wish to drop the course(s) should see the receptionist in the LAS office and ask to be directed to a COAR user, who will process the late drop without a grade of "W".  Engineering students should be directed to the Engineering College Office, 206 Engineering Hall, for assistance with the late drop.  Students in other colleges may need to petition their college office for this policy to be applied, but the math department would support it.

Any request to drop Math 415H, 417, 424, 427, 444, 447, and 448 after November 16, 2007, will be considered a late drop request, and the student will be required to submit a written petition to the Late Add / Drop Committee consistent with normal policy.
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Top 10 Secrets for Breaking into Computer Science / Computer Engineering Fields

We recently polled our mentors for their Top 10 best secrets for helping students break into careers in computer science and computer engineering fields.

Here's what they told us:

#1: Consider getting more than one mentor. Get an academic mentor to help you with school strategies, a professional mentor to help you make career path choices, and another mentor working in a field that interests you to learn more about the reality and challenges of his or her job.

#2: Start getting internships in year one of your college program. How many internships you experience is not as important as getting as much meaningful work experience as possible. In computer science and engineering, meaningful work can vary from defining requirements for a solution to developing a solution, writing code for a part of a solution, writing test tools, and testing and installing solutions.

#3: Stay aware of current trends in your field and keep your skills up to date on the latest tools.

#4: Avoid getting a retail or fast-food job to support yourself while in college; instead, seek out related work experience.

#5: Consider scouting for jobs at smaller companies and nonprofits where there will be less competition and the potential for greater responsibilities and learning experiences.

#6: Register at temporary agencies, not only to get experience related to your field but to check out corporate cultures, network, and learn where you feel most comfortable.

#7: Better to take a low-paying job that offers meaningful work experience than a high-paying job of any kind not related to your field.

#8: If you can't get an internship, work on a project on your own to demonstrate initiative and drive or volunteer to help with someone else's team project.

#9: Students who can demonstrate self-drive and project experience will rank higher with interviewers. Build something you can show off and be able to discuss the process you used to build it.

#10: Diversity is strength. Seek out mentors and work experiences that will introduce you to a diversity of cultures and a variety of leadership styles. If you can, go home with a friend during school break to visit a different part of the country. Learn Chinese and other languages.-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Below is a list of Spring 2008 Art + Design classes that are Open to the University, including our Discovery classes, classes with No Restrictions, and classes where all restrictions will be lifted on November 19.

Please pass this information on to interested students.

Spring 2008 Art + Design Discovery Classes

ART 199   CRN: 39747   MW   9:00-11:40   Professor Billie Theide
Topic: Introduction to Jewelry/Metal I, 3 credits
ART 199   CRN: 44617   MW   1:00-3:40   Professor Robin Douglas
Topic: Expressive Painting, 3 credits
ART 199   CRN: 44619   TR   4:00-6:40   Professor Myoun Kim
Topic: Design processes from the United States to Korea, 3 credits
ART 199   CRN: 44612   MW   4:00-6:40   Professor Thomas Albrecht
Topic: Drawing I, 3 credits
Open Spring 2008 Art + Design classes ­ No Restrictions ART 250:
Writing With Video, WWV, 3 credit hours Advanced Composition,
Literature and the Arts, and Western Comparative Culture approved.
CRN: 46811   MW   1:00-3:40
CRN: 46812   MW   4:00-6:40
CRN: 46813   TR   4:00-6:40
CRN: 48588   TR   7:00-9:40
CRN: 48589   TR   7:00-9:40
CRN: 46815   TR   9:00-11:40
ART 108: Ikebana: Japanese Floral Arts, 3 credit hours
CRN: 47180   W   1:00-3:40   Professor Kimiko Gunji
ARTH 112 Renaissance to Modern Art, 4 credit hours, Literature & Arts
Gen Ed CRN: 30622   MWF   12:00-12:50   Professor Jennifer Greenhill
ARTH 114 Introduction to East Asian Art, 4 credit hours, Non-Western
Gen Ed CRN: 48044   MWF    1:00-1:50   Professor Anne Burkus-Chasson
ARTH 215 Greek Art, 3 credit hours CRN: 30623    MW   10:30-11:45   Professor Eric Hostetter
ARTH 257 History of Photography, 3 credit hours
CRN: 48074   MWF   12:00-12:50   Professor Eun Young Jung
ARTH 360 Women and the Visual Arts, 3 credit hours
CRN: 39087   TR   1:00-2:15   Professor Jeryldene Wood
ARTH 423 Romanesque Art — 3 credit hours
CRN: 43848   TR   4:00-5:15   Professor Charlotte Bauer
ARTH 433 Fifteenth-Century Italian Art, 3 credit hours
CRN: 47911   TR   10:30-11:45   Professor Jeryldene Wood
ARTH 444 Spanish Art 1700-1900, 3 credit hours
CRN: 48068   TR   2:30-3:45   Professor Oscar Vazquez
ARTH 446 Art Since 1940, 3 credit hours
CRN: 39095   MW   1:00-2:15   Professor Jennifer Burns
ARTD 299 Special Topics in Design Courses, 3 credit hours
Topic: Understanding Visual Literacy.
CRN: 46831   MW   4:00-5:15   Professor John Jennings
ARTS 299 Special Topics in Studio Art, 3 credit hours
Topic: Museums in Action: Engaging the Community.
CRN: 49096   TR   9:00-10:20   Anne Sautman
ARTS 499 Special Topics in Studio Art, 3 credit hours
Topic: The Body Articulated.
CRN: 46860   TR   4:00-6:40   Professor Judi Ross
Spring 2008 Art + Design classes ­ All restrictions lifted on
November 19

ARTS 210 Ceramics Sculpture I, 3 credit hours
CRN: 30375   MW   1:00-3:40   Catherine Wiesener
CRN: 30374   TR   1:00-3:40   Professor Ronald Kovatch
ARTS 230 Jewelry/Metals I, 3 credit hours
CRN: 30371   MW   4:00-6:40
CRN: 30370   TR   4:00-6:40
ARTS 260 Basic Photography, 3 credit hours
CRN: 30739   MW   1:00-3:40   Steven Kluempers
CRN: 30736   MW   9:00-11:40   Donald Rasmussen
CRN: 30741   TR   1:00-3:40   Donald Rasmussen
CRN: 30738   TR   9:00-11:40   Matthew Crowther
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SCHOLARSHIPS, RESEARCH, CONFERENCES AND OTHER OPPORTUNITIES
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*$30,000 Lemelson-Illinois Prize for Student Innovation

It is time once again for the call for entries for the $30,000 Lemelson-Illinois Student Prize for invention and innovation, administered by the College of Engineering through the Technology Entrepreneur Center.  Applications are available online at www.30kprize.uiuc.edu, or at the Technology Entrepreneur Center (313 Ceramics Building, 105 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana).  Applications are due by 5:00 PM on November 30, 2007. 
Have questions?  You can attend an information session to learn more about the prize...there are two information sessions remaining.  Dinner will be served at all info sessions.
Nov 1, 2007 | 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
ACES Library Heritage Room
Nov 7, 2007 | 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Grainger Engineering Library
The prize is open to all undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, regardless of major or department.  The goals of the prize are to reward those students who exemplify the innovation and invention occurring at the University.  You can learn more about the prize at www.30kprize.uiuc.edu.  

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* The Computer Science Student Advisory Council (CSSAC) needs one Junior or Senior to serve as an at-large member (undergrad II)

The Student Advisory Council represents the concerns of the student population, advises and helps in the administration of the department, and promotes better relations between students, faculty, and staff. The council is comprised of liaison members from all CS registered student organizations and three representatives from the student body at large (one from each level - undergrad I and II, and grad). The council meets a couple of times during fall and spring semesters.  If you are interested, please email a personal statement (one-two paragraphs) with your qualifications to Steve Herzog (smherzog@uiuc.edu).  All applications will be read (anonymously) by the current council members and ranked.
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* The CCSC South Central Conference professional papers submission deadline is fast approaching. November 5th is just two weeks ahead. This is just a reminder for those that may be considering submitting their work. The CCSC South Central Regional Conference has become a significant medium of information exchange in several areas of computer science teaching and research.  In April, the conference will be hosted by Texas A&M University - Corpus Christ, The Island University, in Corpus Christ, Texas.

Papers on a diversity of topics in teaching computer science, introducing new subjects in the curriculum, and advanced research results from teaching-oriented institutions are solicited. Two main themes are going to be highlighted this year: Computer and Network Security, and Software Engineering Concepts and Applications. However, papers in all areas will be considered.  This is your chance to participate by submitting a paper, tutorial, panel proposal, or just attend the conference.

Attached to this message, you will find the first call for submissions. Any questions you may have can be addressed to any of the Conference Committee members.

Important dates are:

Deadline for submission of regular papers: November 5, 2007
Deadline for submission of panels and tutorials: November 21, 2007
Deadline for submission of student papers: November 26, 2007
Deadline for submission of student posters: April 1, 2008
Conference dates: April 18 and 19, 2008
We hope to see you there!

If you do not want to receive any other information about the conference, please notify the publicity chair, Dr. Nelson Passos at nelson.passos@mwsu.edu.

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* The American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois (ACEC-Illinois) is currently accepting applications for its Annual Scholarship Awards Program.  Eligible candidates must be:

  • U.S. citizens
  • currently enrolled in an ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering & Technology) accredited engineering program in Illinois
  • pursuing a Bachelor's, Master's, or PhD degree
  • entering their Junior, Senior, Fifth,  Master's or Graduate year in the Fall of 2008.   Scholarship award winners will be selected by a committee of ACEC-Illinois Member Firm Principals and based on academic excellence, recommendations and an essay addressing the topic "What is the role or responsibility of the consulting engineer or land surveyor relative to shaping and protecting the natural environment?"  Scholarships are awarded in June 2008.
    Last year, ACEC-Illinois awarded $23,500 to 14 students at the state level.  The top applicant received a $4,000 scholarship and thirteen students each received a $1,500 "Named" Scholarship sponsored by ACEC-Illinois Member Firms. In addition, each year the top applicant is forwarded to the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) for the National Scholarship program, where they compete for additional Scholarship Awards.
    Information and applications are available online at: www.acec-il.org/scholarship.cfm.
    The application deadline is December 14, 2007
    The American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois is a statewide association of independent engineering firms which represents the business and professional interests of over 230 member firms, which together employ over 10,000 engineers, architects, technicians and support personnel. ACEC-Illinois is a member organization of the American Council of Engineering Companies, a federation of state and regional councils which represent the interests of more than 5,000 private-practice engineering firms.
    For more information on the ACEC-Illinois scholarship program or ACEC-Illinois contact:
    Gaye Kick
    (217) 529-7430
    acecgaye@acec-il.org
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    National Center for Women in Information Technology (NCWIT) Conference
    When: May 14-15th
    Where: UIUC
    Contact: Sonya Harris (lharris2@uiuc.edu)

The mission of the National Center for Women & Information Technology is to ensure that women are fully represented in the influential world of information technology and computing. And they are holding their conference here at UIUC!! We're looking for volunteers to help out this event. This is a NATIONAL event and it will favor highly for our Department to host this event. If you're interested, contact Sonya and more information is to follow.

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CAREER INFO:  JOBS, INTERNSHIPS, CORPORATE EVENTS, CONTESTS AND OTHER OPPORTUNITIES
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* Internship positions at Yahoo (part-time)

Position #1: Yahoo - Part Time Software Intern (Web Development)
Where: Yahoo! @ Research Park
 Send resume to: Gilda Jennings ( gilda@yahoo-inc.com*)*

Yahoo! has an exciting, part-time opportunity for a highly motivated Computer Science / Computer Engineering major. If you would like to work for the leading global Internet brand and one of the most trafficked internet destinations worldwide, Yahoo! is the company for you. The Production Operations Team is looking for someone to develop a Planning Web Interface (PWI) to provide Yahoo staff with a single destination to view an online, on-demand, version of the operations Plan of Record.
 
The initial estimate for this project is 195-240 hours.  This position has the potential to turn into a Part Time position for the entire school year, and a full time position during the summer.
 
Required Skills:
Experienced with web design
Familiarity with PHP
Strong communication skills
The ability to work 15 - 20 hours per week
 
Position #2 Yahoo - Part Time Software Intern (Systems Administration)
Where: Yahoo! @ Research Park
Send resume to: Gilda Jennings ( gilda@yahoo-inc.com*)*

Yahoo! has an exciting, part-time internship opportunity for a highly motivated Computer Science / Computer Engineering major with an interest in systems administration. If you would like to work for the leading global Internet brand and one of the most trafficked internet destinations worldwide, Yahoo! is the company for you. We are looking for a detail oriented individual to assist in a variety of tasks to ensure that the Yahoo infrastructure is successfully maintained and our customer's needs are met.
 
Required Skills:
Demonstrated Unix systems knowledge
Strong communication skills
Team Player
Ability to work 15 hours per week
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* Cazoodle Inc., a spin-off from Computer Science of UIUC, is looking
for *Web Programmer* and *Search Architect: to build the "next*
generation" Web applications and "data aware" search engines.
**** Maybe that's you!!
* Quick learner-- and we'll teach you the rest!
* Full-time, part-time, and co-op positions available
* Skills (preferred, not necessary):
-- Web Programmer:
DHTML, CSS, XML, Javascript, PHP, Flash.
-- Search Architect:
Search algorithms, Databases, Machine Learning, OS.

**** Let's talk:
jobs@cazoodle.com, admin.cazoodle@gmail.com

And, Cazoodle is:
* http://www.cazoodle.com/
* at the Research Park (near Assembly Hall).
* average age: 24.8 years as of August 1, 2007.
* also known as: http://apartment.cazoodle.com
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My name is Alex, and I'm a UIUC compsci alum (graduated in May 07) currently working for GE Healthcare in Barrington, IL.  I am part of a program known as STP, or Software Technology Program, and we're looking to recruit December 07 and May 08 graduates for full-time positions.  Though you can read below for a more detailed description, STP is a great deal if you're interested in a software development job after college; you'll have a variety of rotational assignments to expose you to many products in different stages of the development lifecycle, you'll recieve a MS in computer science from UIUC (which GE will pay for up front), and finally you'll get plenty of in-house training as well.

It seems as if STP is not as well-known as GE's other leadership development programs, so we're trying to reach out to student groups on different campuses to try and spread the word.  If you can forward this along to the rest of your organization I'd appreciate it quite a bit.  As I mentioned, we're primarily looking for full-time employees, but we've also got a few internship opportunities if anyone is interested but will not be graduating in the next academic year.

If you're interested in the STP program and would like to apply, please follow the directions referenced below and submit your resume through gecareers.com ASAP, as the application deadline is approaching quickly.  If you have any questions about the program, feel free to send me an e-mail as I'd be more than happy to talk to you.  The more Illini we can get up here, the better.

Below is the official description of the program.  Thanks for your time.
 - Alex
The Software Technology Program is an intense three-year, full-time, rotational assignment program currently offered at GE Healthcare. It is focused on software engineering and medical informatics with the mission of hiring, growing and nurturing the best software engineering talent. It includes a masters degree in Computer Science, academic training in Medical Informatics, and a variety of on the job technical projects and experiences aligned with critical business objectives that provide the skills necessary for future technical innovators at GE.
 
We are looking for fresh graduates with a 4-year bachelors degree in CS or CE with a strong technical aptitude and passion for software and IT and who wish to pursue a career in software engineering, design and development. A minimum GPA of 3.0 and unrestricted authorization to work in the US is required. We are currently recruiting for 2008 and looking for engineers graduating from college either in Dec 2007 or May 2008.
 
If you would like to hear more about this program please feel free to contact me. If you are interested in applying for this position I advise that you apply for this through gecareers. To do so you can go to:
www.gecareers.com/campusinterview
Select GE Healthcare from the dropdown list on the page that comes up.
Click on the Apply button next to the Software Technology Program (STP) and follow the steps to apply.

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* ChicTech Retreat - April 19th-20th 2008 - Volunteers/Counselors will be needed!!! Also, if interested in assisting with High School visits during the fall semester, please contact Samantha Chan at sdchan@uiuc.edu.
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* National Center for Women in Information Technology (NCWIT) Annual Conference - May 14th-May 15th 2008 - Volunteers will be needed!!!

NCWIT Conference
When: May 14-15th
Where: UIUC
Contact: Sonya Harris (lharris2@uiuc.edu)

The mission of the National Center for Women & Information Technology is to ensure that women are fully represented in the influential world of information technology and computing. And they are holding their conference here at UIUC!! We're looking for volunteers to help out this event. This is a NATIONAL event and it will favor highly for our Department to host this event. If you're interested, contact Sonya and more information is to follow.

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LECTURES, SYMPOSIA, ETC.

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------* Paul Debevec, the SIGGRAPH 2007 Computer Animation Festival Chair, will present the full Electronic Theater program on Thursday, Nov. 8th in the NCSA auditorium.  This event is free of charge and open to the public. There will be free food at the reception.

The Electronic theater program is the premier showcase for the world's most innovative, stunning and creative digital film and video pieces. Each year an internationally recognized jury selects from hundreds of submissions from the best of the graphics industry. Pieces are from a variety of categories including: narrative shorts, time-based arts, visual effects, real-time graphics and scientific visualizations.

The Computer Animation Festival, that Electronic Theater is a part of,  is recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as a qualifying festival. Several pieces that have appeared in the Computer Animation Festival have gone on to win a "Best Animated Short" Academy Award.

Though not required, seats and food can be reserved through either RSVP on the Facebook Event: SIGGRAPH 2007 Electronic Theater UIUC Showcase, or by filling out the short webform on the SIGGRAPH website at http://www.acm.uiuc.edu/siggraph/.
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* COMPUTER SCIENCE COLLOQUIUM (and Graduate Seminar)

John von Neumann and the Origins of Scientific Computing

Joe Grcar
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and PhD Alumnus
November 8 (Thursday), 2007 at 10:00 a.m.
2405 Siebel Center for Computer Science

Scientific computing as we understand it began to be practiced around the time of Carl Friedrich Gauss in the form of astronomical calculations based on Issac Newton's laws, and in the form of geodetic calculations for cartography. Of course, the invention of modern computers (those digital, electronic, and programmable) in the mid 1940s represented a paradigm shift in what could be achieved through calculation. From his wartime military duties John von Neumann acquired what he described as an "obscene" interest in mechanized calculations.
No one was better situated than he to understand the advances that could be realized but also the whole range of technical obstacles that had to be overcome. Thus von Neumann and his principal collaborator in this work, Herman Goldstine, reinvented scientific computing in the late 1940s. As a necessary prerequisite to that work they also in large part invented the modern computer and created computer science in a series of influential reports that although unpublished were widely circulated.
This talk will survey the development of scientific computing from Gauss to the first electronic calculations in the early 1950s. The emphasis in not on von Neumann himself but rather on the conceptual changes that occurred. Von Neumann arises naturally in the story because many of those changes can be traced to him. Time permitting,  we will also sketch von Neumann's biography.

Bio:
Joe Grcar is a member of the Center for Computational Sciences and Engineering (CCSE) at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. He was one of the original developers of CHEMKIN, and he co-authored both the PREMIX  flame code and the PSR well-stirred reactor code. His current interests are turbulent flame theory and simulation, pollutant  formation especially NOx, and automated kinetic analysis.---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
* COMPUTER SCIENCE COLLOQUIUM (and Graduate Seminar)
Automata on nested words with applications to software verification and XML

Madhusudan Parthasarathy
Department of Computer Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
November 5 (Monday), 2007 at 4:00 p.m.1404 Siebel Center for Computer Science                                                           

Automata on words are fundamental and basic to computer science, form the robust notion of finite-memory machines, and have applications ranging from pattern matching to natural language processing to modeling and checking hardware circuits.

We propose automata on nested words, which are linear words with an additional nesting relation defined on its positions.  The class of languages accepted by these automata  turn out to be robust, closed under all boolean operations, and admits decidable  decision procedures for emptiness and inclusion. Seen as a language of the underlying word, automata on nested words define a robust subclass of context-free languages. This class has gained popularity in the last three years, and we survey fundamental theoretical results including effective minimization, learning, games, and  relations to logic and tree automata, and realizability using visibly pushdown automata.

Turning to applications, by observing that runs of recursive software programs are essentially nested words, we show how automata on nested words lead to effective model-checking and monitoring of several properties that were not known to be checkable earlier.  XML documents are nested words as well, and we show how nested word automata help build streaming algorithms for XML type-checking and querying. Finally, we look at extensions to multiply nested word languages, and possible applications in areas such as RNA similarity analysis and game semantics of programs.

Bio:
Madhusudan Parthasarathy received his B.Sc. in Mathematics from Loyola College, Madras University in March 1994. He received his M.Sc. by Research in Theoretical Computer Science from the Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Anna University in 1996. Madhu then received his Ph.D. in Theoretical Computer Science from the Institute of Mathematical Sciences at University of Madras in 2002.

While pursuing his M.Sc. and Ph.D. Madhu worked as a Junior and Senior Research Fellow at the Insitute of Mathematical Sciences. From 1999-2000 he was also a research assistant at Rheinisch Westfahlische Technische Hochschule in Aachen, Germany. In 2002 he became a Research Associate at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2005 he became an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Madhu's research interests lie in the areas of software analysis and verification, concurrency, model checking, security, databases and theory.

October 29th Newsletter

To:  All CS Undergraduates        

From:  the CS Academic Office

CS Undergraduate Newsletter

October 29, 2007

Advising and Course Information

* Information on early registration for Spring 2008 courses

* Wondering who your advisor is?  See below!
 

* Peer Advisors wanted!  Volunteer to field email questions from fellow CS, Math &CS, and Stats& CS students about courses, workload, student organizations and other issues that students are best equipped to address

* Discovery courses for freshmen for Spring 2008 -- Registration in Discovery Courses  or Discovery Sections of regular courses is limited to freshmen.

* Finding a Major that Fits, offered by The CareerCenter -- This workshop dates remaining this semester---October 16, 25 and November 1 & 6.

Each workshop is one hour in length.  Pre-registration is strongly encouraged via the CareerCenter website

(http://www.careercenter.uiuc.edu/services/workshops/wsmain.asp).

* Five-year BS/MS in CS program - see information below.  Application deadline is Friday, November 16th.
 

* Extended drop deadline for MATH 415H (section H only), 417, 424, 427, 444, 447 and 448

* Spring 2008 Art + Design classes that are Open to the University, including our Discovery classes, classes with No Restrictions, and classes where all restrictions will be lifted on November 19.  Please see below for the specific courses.

Scholarships, Research, Conferences and other Opportunities

* $30,000 Lemelson-Illinois Prize for Student Innovation.  It is time once again for the call for entries for the $30,000 Lemelson-Illinois Student Prize for invention and innovation, administered by the College of Engineering through the TechnologyEntrepreneurCenter.
 

* The Computer Science Student Advisory Council (CSSAC) needs one Junior or Senior to serve as a member - see info below 

* The CCSC South Central Conference professional papers submission deadline is fast approaching. November 5th is just two weeks ahead.

* The American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois (ACEC-Illinois) is currently accepting applications for its Annual Scholarship Awards Program.  Information and applications are available online at: www.acec-il.org/scholarship.cfm. The application deadline is December 14, 2007.

Career Info:  Jobs, Internships, Corporate Events, Contests and other opportunities

* Internship positions at Yahoo (part-time) - see details below

* Cazoodle Inc., a spin-off from Computer Science of UIUC, is looking

for *Web Programmer* and *Search Architect: to build the "next*

generation" Web applications and "data aware" search engines.

* DOE Day of Science - October 28-29 this year's upcoming DOE Day of Science will be hosted by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.  The event will be held at the Knoxville (Tennessee) Convention Center and will feature speakers and exhibits from the U.S. Department of Energy's national laboratories and facilities.

* ChicTech Retreat - April 19th-20th 2008 - Volunteers/Counselors will be needed!!! Also, if interested in assisting with High School visits during the fall semester, please contact Samantha Chan at sdchan@uiuc.edu.

* NCWIT Annual Conference - May 14th-May 15th 2008 - Volunteers will be needed!!!

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Lectures, Symposia, etc.

* Paul Debevec, the SIGGRAPH 2007 Computer Animation Festival Chair, will present the full Electronic Theater program on Thursday, Nov. 8th in the NCSA auditorium.  This event is free of charge and open to the public. There will be free food at the reception.

*COMPUTER SCIENCE COLLOQUIUM (and Graduate Seminar)

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ADVISING AND COURSE INFORMATION

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* Information on early registration for Spring 2008 courses

Early registration for Spring 2008 courses begins soon.  Some students (Chancellors Honors and James Scholars) will be able to register as soon as October 29th.  To find out precisely when you will be able to register, you can check your Time Ticket (the earliest time you are authorized to register) on Enterprise Applications (the program you use to register). 

ALL NEW FRESHMEN, NEW TRANSFER STUDENTS AND JUNIORS WILL BE REQUIRED TO MEET WITH THEIR FACULTY ADVISORS BEFORE REGISTERING FOR COURSES.  You have already received an email about this and will receive a reminder soon.  Read it carefully!

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* Wondering who your advisor is?

Answer:  You have more than one advisor!   All students have a faculty advisor assigned to serve as a mentor, to answer questions about specializations, careers and graduate school.  For routine questions about degree requirements, policies and procedures, visit the staff in the CS Academic Office -- the advising office for all CS, Math & CS, and Statistics & CS majors.  Office hours are 8:00 to 11:45 am mornings and 1:00 to 4:45 afternoons, M-F.  On rare occasions, the office may shut down for meetings or other events, but we usually limit these to an hour at most and schedule them during low-traffic times.  You can also ask advising questions by emailing Steve Herzog, the full-time CS advisor, at smherzog@uiuc.edu.  To find out more about the academic office and the CS advising resources, visit the CS website's undergraduate advising wiki at https://agora.cs.uiuc.edu/display/undergradProg/CS+Department+Advising.

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-* Peer Advisors wanted!  Volunteer to field email questions from fellow CS, Math &CS, and Stats& CS students about courses, workload, student organizations, apartments, and other issues that students are best equipped to address.

We're looking particularly for seniors, juniors and sophomores.  Please email Steve Herzog (smherzog@uiuc.edu) with the following information:

Your name:

Your program (CS, Math & CS or Stat & CS):

Your netid:

Issues that you are particularly well able to address (e.g. minors, student organizations, specializations, etc.):

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* Discovery courses for freshmen for Spring 2008

The list of Discover Course offerings for Spring 2008 has been posted to the Provost's website:

http://www.provost.uiuc.edu/programs/discovery/Courses.html

Registration in Discovery Courses or Discovery Sections of regular courses is limited to freshmen.  Here's the rationale for the program as presented by the university:  "The Discovery Program helps Illinois students enhance their education through greater interaction with faculty in small classes. The interactive courses also enable faculty to share their research in a particular area with students. It is intended for first-year students only.

Discovery sections cover a wide range of disciplines and enrollment is limited to a maximum of twenty students per section. Some Discovery courses can be used to satisfy General Education requirements or requirements in a major, while others are electives. Check with your adviser to find out if a Discovery course satisfies a requirement for you."

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*Finding a Major that Fits

Finding a Major that Fits, offered by The Career Center has provided help for over one hundred students who are exploring majors at UIUC.  This workshop is designed to assist freshmen and sophomore students select a major and can also be useful for students considering changing their major.   Participants learn how to identify their primary interests and connect interests to possible majors.  By the end of the workshop, students are asked to identify at least 2 potential majors to explore. Additionally, students will be introduced to web resources to help them explore these potential majors.

This workshop dates remaining this semester---October 25 and November 1 & 6.

** Each workshop is one hour in length.  Pre-registration is strongly encouraged via the CareerCenter website (http://www.careercenter.uiuc.edu/services/workshops/wsmain.asp).

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* Five-year BS/MS in CS program - see information below.  Application deadline is Friday, November 16th.

Are you interested in a program that will make you more marketable to potential employers while introducing you to serious research?  If so, then the following is for you.

Applications for Spring 2008 provisional admission to the 5-year BS/MS program in Computer Science are being accepted from juniors and select first semester seniors.  
 

Candidates for this highly competitive program must have a 3.5 GPA, though many things in addition to GPA are considered for admission. 

Applications and all supporting credentials (non-UIUC transcripts, reference letters, statement of purpose) are due to the Academic Office (1210 SC) by:
          ** Friday November 16, 2007 at 4:45pm **

Because entry into this accelerated MS program is so competitive, late applications will not be considered.

Please consult the CS Department web site for electronic applications, a copy of the reference letter template, the program description, and the research code list:

      http://www.cs.uiuc.edu/undergraduate/programs.php#bsms

Answers to questions frequently asked by applicants over several semesters are available on-line at:

    http://www.cs.uiuc.edu/undergraduate/bsmsfaq.php

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* Extended drop deadline for MATH 415H (section H only), 417, 424, 427, 444, 447 and 448

LAS and Engineering students enrolled in Mathematics 415H, 417, 424, 427, 444, 447, and 448 are permitted to drop from these courses without academic penalty and without petition through the end of the 13th week of the semester.  Thus, Friday, November 16, 2007, is the drop deadline for these courses in Fall 2007.

LAS students who wish to drop the course(s) should see the receptionist in the LAS office and ask to be directed to a COAR user, who will process the late drop without a grade of "W".  Engineering students should be directed to the Engineering College Office, 206 Engineering Hall, for assistance with the late drop.  Students in other colleges may need to petition their college office for this policy to be applied, but the math department would support it.

Any request to drop Math 415H, 417, 424, 427, 444, 447, and 448 after November 16, 2007, will be considered a late drop request, and the student will be required to submit a written petition to the Late Add / Drop Committee consistent with normal policy.

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Below is a list of Spring 2008 Art + Design classes that are Open to the University, including our Discovery classes, classes with No Restrictions, and classes where all restrictions will be lifted on November 19.

Please pass this information on to interested students.

Spring 2008 Art + Design Discovery Classes

ART 199   CRN: 39747   MW   9:00-11:40   Professor Billie Theide

Topic: Introduction to Jewelry/Metal I, 3 credits

ART 199   CRN: 44617   MW   1:00-3:40   Professor Robin Douglas

Topic: Expressive Painting, 3 credits

ART 199   CRN: 44619   TR   4:00-6:40   Professor Myoun Kim

Topic: Design processes from the United States to Korea, 3 credits

ART 199   CRN: 44612   MW   4:00-6:40   Professor Thomas Albrecht

Topic: Drawing I, 3 credits

Open Spring 2008 Art + Design classes ­ No Restrictions ART 250:

Writing With Video, WWV, 3 credit hours Advanced Composition,

Literature and the Arts, and Western Comparative Culture approved.

CRN: 46811   MW   1:00-3:40

CRN: 46812   MW   4:00-6:40

CRN: 46813   TR   4:00-6:40

CRN: 48588   TR   7:00-9:40

CRN: 48589   TR   7:00-9:40

CRN: 46815   TR   9:00-11:40

ART 108: Ikebana: Japanese Floral Arts, 3 credit hours

CRN: 47180   W   1:00-3:40   Professor Kimiko Gunji

ARTH 112 Renaissance to Modern Art, 4 credit hours, Literature & Arts

Gen Ed CRN: 30622   MWF   12:00-12:50   Professor Jennifer Greenhill

ARTH 114 Introduction to East Asian Art, 4 credit hours, Non-Western

Gen Ed CRN: 48044   MWF    1:00-1:50   Professor Anne Burkus-Chasson

ARTH 215 Greek Art, 3 credit hours CRN: 30623    MW   10:30-11:45   Professor Eric Hostetter

ARTH 257 History of Photography, 3 credit hours

CRN: 48074   MWF   12:00-12:50   Professor Eun Young Jung

ARTH 360 Women and the Visual Arts, 3 credit hours

CRN: 39087   TR   1:00-2:15   Professor Jeryldene Wood

ARTH 423 Romanesque Art — 3 credit hours

CRN: 43848   TR   4:00-5:15   Professor Charlotte Bauer

ARTH 433 Fifteenth-Century Italian Art, 3 credit hours

CRN: 47911   TR   10:30-11:45   Professor Jeryldene Wood

ARTH 444 Spanish Art 1700-1900, 3 credit hours

CRN: 48068   TR   2:30-3:45   Professor Oscar Vazquez

ARTH 446 Art Since 1940, 3 credit hours

CRN: 39095   MW   1:00-2:15   Professor Jennifer Burns

ARTD 299 Special Topics in Design Courses, 3 credit hours

Topic: Understanding Visual Literacy.

CRN: 46831   MW   4:00-5:15   Professor John Jennings

ARTS 299 Special Topics in Studio Art, 3 credit hours

Topic: Museums in Action: Engaging the Community.

CRN: 49096   TR   9:00-10:20   Anne Sautman

ARTS 499 Special Topics in Studio Art, 3 credit hours

Topic: The Body Articulated.

CRN: 46860   TR   4:00-6:40   Professor Judi Ross

Spring 2008 Art + Design classes ­ All restrictions lifted on

November 19

ARTS 210 Ceramics Sculpture I, 3 credit hours

CRN: 30375   MW   1:00-3:40   Catherine Wiesener

CRN: 30374   TR   1:00-3:40   Professor Ronald Kovatch

ARTS 230 Jewelry/Metals I, 3 credit hours

CRN: 30371   MW   4:00-6:40

CRN: 30370   TR   4:00-6:40

ARTS 260 Basic Photography, 3 credit hours

CRN: 30739   MW   1:00-3:40   Steven Kluempers

CRN: 30736   MW   9:00-11:40   Donald Rasmussen

CRN: 30741   TR   1:00-3:40   Donald Rasmussen

CRN: 30738   TR   9:00-11:40   Matthew Crowther

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SCHOLARSHIPS, RESEARCH, CONFERENCES AND OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

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*$30,000 Lemelson-Illinois Prize for Student Innovation

It is time once again for the call for entries for the $30,000 Lemelson-Illinois Student Prize for invention and innovation, administered by the College of Engineering through the TechnologyEntrepreneurCenter.  Applications are available online at www.30kprize.uiuc.edu, or at the TechnologyEntrepreneurCenter (313 Ceramics Building, 105 S. Goodwin Ave.,Urbana).  Applications are due by 5:00 PM on November 30, 2007. 

Have questions?  You can attend an information session to learn more about the prize...there are two information sessions remaining.  Dinner will be served at all info sessions.

Nov 1, 2007 | 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

ACES Library Heritage Room

Nov 7, 2007 | 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Grainger Engineering Library

The prize is open to all undergraduate and graduate students at the UniversityofIllinois at Urbana-Champaign, regardless of major or department.  The goals of the prize are to reward those students who exemplify the innovation and invention occurring at the University.  You can learn more about the prize at www.30kprize.uiuc.edu.  

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* The Computer Science Student Advisory Council (CSSAC) needs one Junior or Senior to serve as an at-large member (undergrad II)

The Student Advisory Council represents the concerns of the student population, advises and helps in the administration of the department, and promotes better relations between students, faculty, and staff. The council is comprised of liaison members from all CS registered student organizations and three representatives from the student body at large (one from each level - undergrad I and II, and grad). The council meets a couple of times during fall and spring semesters.  If you are interested, please email a personal statement (one-two paragraphs) with your qualifications to Steve Herzog (smherzog@uiuc.edu).  All applications will be read (anonymously) by the current council members and ranked.

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* The CCSC South Central Conference professional papers submission deadline is fast approaching. November 5th is just two weeks ahead. This is just a reminder for those that may be considering submitting their work. The CCSC South Central Regional Conference has become a significant medium of information exchange in several areas of computer science teaching and research.  In April, the conference will be hosted by Texas A&M University - Corpus Christ, The Island University, in Corpus Christ, Texas.

Papers on a diversity of topics in teaching computer science, introducing new subjects in the curriculum, and advanced research results from teaching-oriented institutions are solicited. Two main themes are going to be highlighted this year: Computer and Network Security, and Software Engineering Concepts and Applications. However, papers in all areas will be considered.  This is your chance to participate by submitting a paper, tutorial, panel proposal, or just attend the conference.

Attached to this message, you will find the first call for submissions. Any questions you may have can be addressed to any of the Conference Committee members.

Important dates are:

Deadline for submission of regular papers: November 5, 2007

Deadline for submission of panels and tutorials: November 21, 2007

Deadline for submission of student papers: November 26, 2007

Deadline for submission of student posters: April 1, 2008

Conference dates: April 18 and 19, 2008

We hope to see you there!

If you do not want to receive any other information about the conference, please notify the publicity chair, Dr. Nelson Passos at nelson.passos@mwsu.edu.

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* The American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois (ACEC-Illinois) is currently accepting applications for its Annual Scholarship Awards Program.  Eligible candidates must be:

  • U.S. citizens
  • currently enrolled in an ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering & Technology) accredited engineering program in Illinois
  • pursuing a Bachelor's, Master's, or PhD degree
  • entering their Junior, Senior, Fifth,  Master's or Graduate year in the Fall of 2008.  

Scholarship award winners will be selected by a committee of ACEC-Illinois Member Firm Principals and based on academic excellence, recommendations and an essay addressing the topic "What is the role or responsibility of the consulting engineer or land surveyor relative to shaping and protecting the natural environment?"  Scholarships are awarded in June 2008.

Last year, ACEC-Illinois awarded $23,500 to 14 students at the state level.  The top applicant received a $4,000 scholarship and thirteen students each received a $1,500 "Named" Scholarship sponsored by ACEC-Illinois Member Firms. In addition, each year the top applicant is forwarded to the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) for the National Scholarship program, where they compete for additional Scholarship Awards.

Information and applications are available online at: www.acec-il.org/scholarship.cfm.

The application deadline is December 14, 2007

The American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois is a statewide association of independent engineering firms which represents the business and professional interests of over 230 member firms, which together employ over 10,000 engineers, architects, technicians and support personnel. ACEC-Illinois is a member organization of the American Council of Engineering Companies, a federation of state and regional councils which represent the interests of more than 5,000 private-practice engineering firms.

For more information on the ACEC-Illinois scholarship program or ACEC-Illinois contact:

Gaye Kick

(217) 529-7430

acecgaye@acec-il.org

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NCWIT Conference

When: May 14-15th

Where: UIUC

Contact: Sonya Harris (*lharris2@uiuc.edu)*

The mission of the NationalCenter for Women & Information Technology is to ensure that women are fully represented in the influential world of information technology and computing. And they are holding their conference here at UIUC!! We're looking for volunteers to help out this event. This is a NATIONAL event and it will favor highly for our Department to host this event. If you're interested, contact Sonya and more information is to follow.

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CAREER INFO:  JOBS, INTERNSHIPS, CORPORATE EVENTS, CONTESTS AND OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

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* Internship positions at Yahoo (part-time)

Position #1: Yahoo - Part Time Software Intern (Web Development)

Where: Yahoo! @ ResearchPark
 Send resume to: Gilda Jennings ( gilda@yahoo-inc.com*)*

Yahoo! has an exciting, part-time opportunity for a highly motivated Computer Science / Computer Engineering major. If you would like to work for the leading global Internet brand and one of the most trafficked internet destinations worldwide, Yahoo! is the company for you. The Production Operations Team is looking for someone to develop a Planning Web Interface (PWI) to provide Yahoo staff with a single destination to view an online, on-demand, version of the operations Plan of Record.
 
The initial estimate for this project is 195-240 hours.  This position has the potential to turn into a Part Time position for the entire school year, and a full time position during the summer.
 
Required Skills:
Experienced with web design
Familiarity with PHP
Strong communication skills
The ability to work 15 - 20 hours per week
 
Position #2 Yahoo - Part Time Software Intern (Systems Administration)

Where: Yahoo! @ ResearchPark
Send resume to: Gilda Jennings ( gilda@yahoo-inc.com*)*

Yahoo! has an exciting, part-time internship opportunity for a highly motivated Computer Science / Computer Engineering major with an interest in systems administration. If you would like to work for the leading global Internet brand and one of the most trafficked internet destinations worldwide, Yahoo! is the company for you. We are looking for a detail oriented individual to assist in a variety of tasks to ensure that the Yahoo infrastructure is successfully maintained and our customer's needs are met.
 
Required Skills:
Demonstrated Unix systems knowledge
Strong communication skills
Team Player
Ability to work 15 hours per week

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* Cazoodle Inc., a spin-off from Computer Science of UIUC, is looking

for *Web Programmer* and *Search Architect: to build the "next*

generation" Web applications and "data aware" search engines.

**** Maybe that's you!!

* Quick learner-- and we'll teach you the rest!

* Full-time, part-time, and co-op positions available

* Skills (preferred, not necessary):

-- Web Programmer:

DHTML, CSS, XML, Javascript, PHP, Flash.

-- Search Architect:

Search algorithms, Databases, Machine Learning, OS.

**** Let's talk:

jobs@cazoodle.com, admin.cazoodle@gmail.com

And, Cazoodle is:

* http://www.cazoodle.com/

* at the ResearchPark (near Assembly Hall).

* average age: 24.8 years as of August 1, 2007.

* also known as: http://apartment.cazoodle.com

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* DOE Day of Science - October 28-29

This year's upcoming DOE Day of Science, hosted by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory will be held at the Knoxville (Tennessee) Convention Center and will feature speakers and exhibits from the U.S. Department of Energy's national laboratories and facilities.  There are no limits on the numbers of students/faculty who can attend this year, and US citizenship is NOT required.

See http://www.orau.gov/dayofscience/default.htm for program details and an online registration form.  If you have any questions about the DOE Day of Science, please click "Contact" for the names of the appropriate persons to call or write. 

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* ChicTech Retreat - April 19th-20th 2008 - Volunteers/Counselors will be needed!!! Also, if interested in assisting with High School visits during the fall semester, please contact Samantha Chan at sdchan@uiuc.edu.

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* NCWIT Annual Conference - May 14th-May 15th 2008 - Volunteers will be needed!!!

NCWIT Conference

When: May 14-15th

Where: UIUC

Contact: Sonya Harris (lharris2@uiuc.edu)

The mission of the NationalCenter for Women & Information Technology is to ensure that women are fully represented in the influential world of information technology and computing. And they are holding their conference here at UIUC!! We're looking for volunteers to help out this event. This is a NATIONAL event and it will favor highly for our Department to host this event. If you're interested, contact Sonya and more information is to follow.

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LECTURES, SYMPOSIA, ETC.

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* Paul Debevec, the SIGGRAPH 2007 Computer Animation Festival Chair, will present the full Electronic Theater program on Thursday, Nov. 8th in the NCSA auditorium.  This event is free of charge and open to the public. There will be free food at the reception.

The Electronic theater program is the premier showcase for the world's most innovative, stunning and creative digital film and video pieces. Each year an internationally recognized jury selects from hundreds of submissions from the best of the graphics industry. Pieces are from a variety of categories including: narrative shorts, time-based arts, visual effects, real-time graphics and scientific visualizations.

The Computer Animation Festival, that Electronic Theater is a part of,  is recognized by the AcademyofMotion Picture Arts and Sciences as a qualifying festival. Several pieces that have appeared in the Computer Animation Festival have gone on to win a "Best Animated Short" Academy Award.

Though not required, seats and food can be reserved through either RSVP on the Facebook Event: SIGGRAPH 2007 Electronic Theater UIUC Showcase, or by filling out the short webform on the SIGGRAPH website at http://www.acm.uiuc.edu/siggraph/.

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* COMPUTER SCIENCE COLLOQUIUM (and Graduate Seminar)

John von Neumann and the Origins of Scientific Computing

Joe Grcar

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and PhD Alumnus

November 8 (Thursday), 2007 at 10:00 a.m.

2405 SiebelCenter for Computer Science

Scientific computing as we understand it began to be practiced around the time of Carl Friedrich Gauss in the form of astronomical calculations based on Issac Newton's laws, and in the form of geodetic calculations for cartography. Of course, the invention of modern computers (those digital, electronic, and programmable) in the mid 1940s represented a paradigm shift in what could be achieved through calculation. From his wartime military duties John von Neumann acquired what he described as an "obscene" interest in mechanized calculations.

No one was better situated than he to understand the advances that could be realized but also the whole range of technical obstacles that had to be overcome. Thus von Neumann and his principal collaborator in this work, Herman Goldstine, reinvented scientific computing in the late 1940s. As a necessary prerequisite to that work they also in large part invented the modern computer and created computer science in a series of influential reports that although unpublished were widely circulated.

This talk will survey the development of scientific computing from Gauss to the first electronic calculations in the early 1950s. The emphasis in not on von Neumann himself but rather on the conceptual changes that occurred. Von Neumann arises naturally in the story because many of those changes can be traced to him. Time permitting,  we will also sketch von Neumann's biography.

Bio:

Joe Grcar is a member of the Center for Computational Sciences and Engineering (CCSE) at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. He was one of the original developers of CHEMKIN, and he co-authored both the PREMIX  flame code and the PSR well-stirred reactor code. His current interests are turbulent flame theory and simulation, pollutant  formation especially NOx, and automated kinetic analysis.

October 29th Newsletter

To:  All CS Undergraduates        
From:  the CS Academic Office
CS Undergraduate Newsletter
October 22, 2007
Advising and Course Information

* Information on early registration for Spring 2008 courses* Wondering who your advisor is?  See below!

*The Department of Bioengineering will hold an informational meeting for Illinois students about graduate studies in Bioengineering. The presentation will include an overview of the academic curriculum and research opportunities.  Time & Date:  Friday, October 26th, 2007 at 4 p.m. in the Digital Computer Lab room 2240.* Peer Advisors wanted!  Volunteer to field email questions from fellow CS, Math &CS, and Stats& CS students about courses, workload, student organizations and other issues that students are best equipped to address

* Discovery courses for freshmen for Spring 2008 -- Registration in Discovery Courses  or Discovery Sections of regular courses is limited to freshmen.
* Finding a Major that Fits, offered by The Career Center -- This workshop dates remaining this semester---October 16, 25 and November 1 & 6.
Each workshop is one hour in length.  Pre-registration is strongly encouraged via the Career Center website
(http://www.careercenter.uiuc.edu/services/workshops/wsmain.asp).*&#42; Info on College of Business Intercollegiate Transfer Process*

* Five-year BS/MS in CS program - see information below.  Application deadline is Friday, November 16th.* Extended drop deadline for MATH 415H (section H only), 417, 424, 427, 444, 447 and 448

Scholarships, Research, Conferences and other Opportunities* The Computer Science Student Advisory Council (CSSAC) needs one Junior or Senior to serve as a member - see info below 
* The American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois (ACEC-Illinois) is currently accepting applications for its Annual Scholarship Awards Program.  Information and applications are available online at: www.acec-il.org/scholarship.cfm. The application deadline is December 14, 2007.
Career Info:  Jobs, Internships, Corporate Events, Contests and other opportunities

* Internship positions at Yahoo (part-time) - see details below* Cazoodle Inc., a spin-off from Computer Science of UIUC, is looking
for *Web Programmer* and *Search Architect: to build the "next*
generation" Web applications and "data aware" search engines.

* The 2007 Engineering Student Leadership Conference Sponsored by Boeing, Saturday, October 20, 2007 from 9am-4pm
* DOE Day of Science - October 28-29 this year's upcoming DOE Day of Science will be hosted by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.  The event will be held at the Knoxville (Tennessee) Convention Center and will feature speakers and exhibits from the U.S. Department of Energy's national laboratories and facilities.* ChicTech Retreat - April 19th-20th 2008 - Volunteers/Counselors will be needed!!! Also, if interested in assisting with High School visits during the fall semester, please contact Samantha Chan at sdchan@uiuc.edu.

* *NCWIT Annual Conference - May 14th-May 15th 2008 - Volunteers will be needed!!!*NCWIT Conference
When: May 14-15th
Where: UIUC
Contact: Sonya Harris (lharris2@uiuc.edu)

The mission of the National Center for Women & Information Technology is to ensure that women are fully represented in the influential world of information technology and computing. And they are holding their conference here at UIUC!! We're looking for volunteers to help out this event. This is a NATIONAL event and it will favor highly for our Department to host this event. If you're interested, contact Sonya and more information is to follow.Lectures, Symposia, etc.

*COMPUTER SCIENCE COLLOQUIUM (and Graduate Seminar)
The Excitement in Parallel Computing 
Laxmikant (Sanjay) Kale
Department of Computer Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
October 22 (Monday), 2007 at 4:00 p.m.
1404 Siebel Center for Computer Science** Corporate Speaker Series:  Patent Law*
The Engineering Leadership Committee of Engineering Council will be bringing in UIUC alum Rich Stockton, a patent attorney from Banner & Witcoff, to speak to engineering students on Thursday, October 25 at 7:00pm in 103 Talbot Lab.  There will be plenty of FREE PIZZA to go around.  Hope to see you there!
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ADVISING AND COURSE INFORMATION
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* Information on early registration for Spring 2008 courses
Early registration for Spring 2008 courses begins soon.  Some students (Chancellors Honors and James Scholars) will be able to register as soon as October 29th.  To find out precisely when you will be able to register, you can check your Time Ticket (the earliest time you are authorized to register) on Enterprise Applications (the program you use to register). 
ALL NEW FRESHMEN, NEW TRANSFER STUDENTS AND JUNIORS WILL BE REQUIRED TO MEET WITH THEIR FACULTY ADVISORS BEFORE REGISTERING FOR COURSES.  You have already received an email about this and will receive a reminder soon.  Read it carefully!
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* Wondering who your advisor is?
Answer:  You have more than one advisor!  All students will have a faculty member assigned to them by the beginning of next week.  For routine questions about degree requirements, policies and procedures, visit the staff in the CS Academic Office -- the advising office for all CS, Math & CS, and Statistics & CS majors.  Office hours are 8:00 to 11:45 am mornings and 1:00 to 4:45 afternoons, M-F.  On rare occasions, the office may shut down for meetings or other events, but we usually limit these to an hour at most and schedule them during low-traffic times.  You can also ask advising questions by emailing Steve Herzog, the full-time CS advisor, at smherzog@uiuc.edu.  To find out more about the academic office and the CS advising resources, visit the CS website's undergraduate advising wiki at https://agora.cs.uiuc.edu/display/undergradProg/CS+Department+Advising.&nbsp;&#45;----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------&#45;
Interested in Graduate Studies in Bioengineering?

The Department of Bioengineering will hold an informational meeting for Illinois students about graduate studies in Bioengineering.
The presentation will include an overview of the academic curriculum and research opportunities.  Time & Date:  Friday, October 26th, 2007 at 4 p.m. in the Digital Computer Lab room 2240.

The presentations will last 30-45 minutes.  Pizza and drinks will be served.Please e-mail Sam Smucker (ssmucker@uiuc.edu) if you plan to attend so we can purchase enough food and drink.
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* Peer Advisors wanted!  Volunteer to field email questions from fellow CS, Math &CS, and Stats& CS students about courses, workload, student organizations, apartments, and other issues that students are best equipped to address.
We're looking particularly for seniors, juniors and sophomores.  Please email Steve Herzog (smherzog@uiuc.edu) with the following information:
Your name:
Your program (CS, Math & CS or Stat & CS):
Your netid:
Issues that you are particularly well able to address (e.g. minors, student organizations, specializations, etc.):
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* Discovery courses for freshmen for Spring 2008

The list of Discover Course offerings for Spring 2008 has been posted to the Provost's website:http://www.provost.uiuc.edu/programs/discovery/Courses.html

Registration in Discovery Courses or Discovery Sections of regular courses is limited to freshmen.  Here's the rationale for the program as presented by the university:  "The Discovery Program helps Illinois students enhance their education through greater interaction with faculty in small classes. The interactive courses also enable faculty to share their research in a particular area with students. It is intended for first-year students only.Discovery sections cover a wide range of disciplines and enrollment is limited to a maximum of twenty students per section. Some Discovery courses can be used to satisfy General Education requirements or requirements in a major, while others are electives. Check with your adviser to find out if a Discovery course satisfies a requirement for you."

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------*Finding a Major that Fits
 
Finding a Major that Fits, offered by The Career Center has provided help for over one hundred students who are exploring majors at UIUC.  This workshop is designed to assist freshmen and sophomore students select a major and can also be useful for students considering changing their major.   Participants learn how to identify their primary interests and connect interests to possible majors.  By the end of the workshop, students are asked to identify at least 2 potential majors to explore. Additionally, students will be introduced to web resources to help them explore these potential majors.
 
This workshop dates remaining this semester---October 25 and November 1 & 6.
** Each workshop is one hour in length.  Pre-registration is strongly encouraged via the Career Center website (http://www.careercenter.uiuc.edu/services/workshops/wsmain.asp).

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* Info on the College of Business Intercollegiate Transfer Process: The application will be available until September 21st and decisions will be emailed by 5pm on October 19th. This process is for students who entered the University prior to the fall of 2007 and have 60 hours completed or in progress during the semester of application. The course requirements for this group are as follows: *   Econ 102, Econ 103
 *   CS 105
 *   Econ 202, Econ 203*
 *   Accy 201, Accy 202* (must be taken at the same place)
 *   Math requirement. Choose one of the following options:
1) Math 234 and 125
2) Math 220 (or 221) and Math 125*
3) Math 220 (or 221) and Math 231

* Accy 202, Econ 203, and Math 125 can be in-progress during the semester of applicationThe next application for this group will be  February 5, 2008 - February 23, 2008  for entry into the Fall 2008 Semester.

Please remember that starting this year the process is different for students entering the university fall 2007 or later. These students will ONLY be able to apply at the end of their freshman year (May 7-June 1, 2008). Students must have finished all requirements before applying.
Course Requirements:
-          Econ 102, Econ 103
-          CS 105 (or CS 125 or CS 101)
-          Math requirement. Choose one of the following options:
1) Math 234 and 125
2) Math 220 (or 221) and Math 125
3) Math 220 (or 221) and Math 231

Informational sessions for all ICT applicants will be held on (locations TBD):Tuesday, October 23 at 10:30
Wednesday, October 24 at 2:00
Wednesday, January 16, 3:00
Tuesday, January 22, 3:00
Thursday, January 24, 10:00

The application and additional information for all ICT applicants are available at:http://www.business.uiuc.edu/undergrad/prospective_students/inter_college.html

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* Five-year BS/MS in CS program - see information below.  Application deadline is Friday, November 16th*.*Are you interested in a program that will make you more marketable to potential employers while introducing you to serious research?  If so, then the following is for you.

Applications for Spring 2008 provisional admission to the 5-year BS/MS program in Computer Science are being accepted from juniors and select first semester seniors.   Candidates for this highly competitive program must have a 3.5 GPA, though many things in addition to GPA are considered for admission. 

Applications and all supporting credentials (non-UIUC transcripts, reference letters, statement of purpose) are due to the Academic Office (1210 SC) by:          ** Friday November 16, 2007 at 4:45pm **

Because entry into this accelerated MS program is so competitive, late applications will not be considered.Please consult the CS Department web site for electronic applications, a copy of the reference letter template, the program description, and the research code list:

      http://www.cs.uiuc.edu/undergraduate/programs.php#bsmsAnswers to questions frequently asked by applicants over several semesters are available on-line at:

      http://www.cs.uiuc.edu/undergraduate/bsmsfaq.php
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* Extended drop deadline for MATH 415H (section H only), 417, 424, 427, 444, 447 and 448
 LAS and Engineering students enrolled in Mathematics 415H, 417, 424, 427, 444, 447, and 448 are permitted to drop from these courses without academic penalty and without petition through the end of the 13th week of the semester.  Thus, Friday, November 16, 2007, is the drop deadline for these courses in Fall 2007.
LAS students who wish to drop the course(s) should see the receptionist in the LAS office and ask to be directed to a COAR user, who will process the late drop without a grade of "W".  Engineering students should be directed to the Engineering College Office, 206 Engineering Hall, for assistance with the late drop.  Students in other colleges may need to petition their college office for this policy to be applied, but the math department would support it.

Any request to drop Math 415H, 417, 424, 427, 444, 447, and 448 after November 16, 2007, will be considered a late drop request, and the student will be required to submit a written petition to the Late Add / Drop Committee consistent with normal policy.
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* *The Computer Science Student Advisory Council (CSSAC) needs one Junior or Senior to serve as an at-large member (undergrad II)*The Student Advisory Council represents the concerns of the student population, advises and helps in the administration of the department, and promotes better relations between students, faculty, and staff. The council is comprised of liaison members from all CS registered student organizations and three representatives from the student body at large (one from each level - undergrad I and II, and grad). The council meets a couple of times during fall and spring semesters.  If you are interested, please email a personal statement (one-two paragraphs) with your qualifications to Steve Herzog (smherzog@uiuc.edu).  All applications will be read (anonymously) by the current council members and ranked.

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------* The American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois (ACEC-Illinois) is currently accepting applications for its Annual Scholarship Awards Program.  Eligible candidates must be:

  • U.S. citizens
  • currently enrolled in an ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering & Technology) accredited engineering program in Illinois
  • pursuing a Bachelor's, Master's, or PhD degree
  • entering their Junior, Senior, Fifth,  Master's or Graduate year in the Fall of 2008.   Scholarship award winners will be selected by a committee of ACEC-Illinois Member Firm Principals and based on academic excellence, recommendations and an essay addressing the topic "What is the role or responsibility of the consulting engineer or land surveyor relative to shaping and protecting the natural environment?"  Scholarships are awarded in June 2008.
    Last year, ACEC-Illinois awarded $23,500 to 14 students at the state level.  The top applicant received a $4,000 scholarship and thirteen students each received a $1,500 "Named" Scholarship sponsored by ACEC-Illinois Member Firms. In addition, each year the top applicant is forwarded to the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) for the National Scholarship program, where they compete for additional Scholarship Awards.
    Information and applications are available online at: www.acec-il.org/scholarship.cfm.
    The application deadline is December 14, 2007
    The American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois is a statewide association of independent engineering firms which represents the business and professional interests of over 230 member firms, which together employ over 10,000 engineers, architects, technicians and support personnel. ACEC-Illinois is a member organization of the American Council of Engineering Companies, a federation of state and regional councils which represent the interests of more than 5,000 private-practice engineering firms.
    For more information on the ACEC-Illinois scholarship program or ACEC-Illinois contact:
    Gaye Kick
    (217) 529-7430
    acecgaye@acec-il.org
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    CAREER INFO:  JOBS, INTERNSHIPS, CORPORATE EVENTS, CONTESTS AND OTHER OPPORTUNITIES
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    * Internship positions at Yahoo (part-time)Position #1: Yahoo - Part Time Software Intern (Web Development)
    Yahoo! has an exciting, part-time opportunity for a highly motivated Computer Science / Computer Engineering major. If you would like to work for the leading global Internet brand and one of the most trafficked internet destinations worldwide, Yahoo! is the company for you. The Production Operations Team is looking for someone to develop a Planning Web Interface (PWI) to provide Yahoo staff with a single destination to view an online, on-demand, version of the operations Plan of Record.
     
    The initial estimate for this project is 195-240 hours.  This position has the potential to turn into a Part Time position for the entire school year, and a full time position during the summer.
     
    Required Skills:
    Experienced with web design
    Familiarity with PHP
    Strong communication skills
    The ability to work 15 - 20 hours per week
     
    Position #2 Yahoo - Part Time Software Intern (Systems Administration)
    Yahoo! has an exciting, part-time internship opportunity for a highly motivated Computer Science / Computer Engineering major with an interest in systems administration. If you would like to work for the leading global Internet brand and one of the most trafficked internet destinations worldwide, Yahoo! is the company for you. We are looking for a detail oriented individual to assist in a variety of tasks to ensure that the Yahoo infrastructure is successfully maintained and our customer's needs are met.
     
    Required Skills:
    Demonstrated Unix systems knowledge
    Strong communication skills
    Team Player
    Ability to work 15 hours per week
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    * Cazoodle Inc., a spin-off from Computer Science of UIUC, is looking
    for *Web Programmer* and *Search Architect: to build the "next*
    generation" Web applications and "data aware" search engines.

**** Maybe that's you!!
* Quick learner-- and we'll teach you the rest!
* Full-time, part-time, and co-op positions available
* Skills (preferred, not necessary):
-- Web Programmer:
DHTML, CSS, XML, Javascript, PHP, Flash.
-- Search Architect:
Search algorithms, Databases, Machine Learning, OS.
**** Let's talk:
jobs@cazoodle.com, admin.cazoodle@gmail.com
And, Cazoodle is:
* http://www.cazoodle.com/
* at the Research Park (near Assembly Hall).
* average age: 24.8 years as of August 1, 2007.
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* The 2007 Engineering Student Leadership Conference Sponsored by Boeing, Saturday, October 20, 2007 from 9am-4pm

The Engineering Student Leadership Conference (ESLC) is a one-day corporate leadership conference composed of a combination of corporate presentations and leadership activities.  As student participants strengthen their leadership skills and see how these skills can be applied in industry, the attending corporate representatives enjoy valuable recruiting time.  This year ESLC will be sponsored by The Boeing Company and will take place on Saturday, October 20, 2007 from 9am-4pm.  Please visit http://eslc.ec.uiuc.edu/application.phpto apply for the event, and feel free to contact David Rockwood at drockwo2@uiuc.edu for more details.
­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­* What: Work for the State Department!
When: Monday, October 15, 6:30PM
Where: Levis Faculty Center, 919 W. Illinois St, 3rd Floor, Urbana, IL
Who: Brian Flora, Foreign Service Officer and Diplomat in Residence from the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service
Are you interested in the possibilities of a career that crosses the globe? Come and find out about full-time positions available to upcoming graduates as well as internships (located in D.C. and embassies worldwide) that are available to both graduate and undergraduate students. All majors welcome. U.S. citizenship required  Equal Opportunity Employer.

Register by emailing Greg at ghatch1@uiuc.edu
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* DOE Day of Science - October 28-29

This year's upcoming DOE Day of Science, hosted by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory will be held at the Knoxville (Tennessee) Convention Center and will feature speakers and exhibits from the U.S. Department of Energy's national laboratories and facilities.  There are no limits on the numbers of students/faculty who can attend this year, and US citizenship is NOT required.See http://www.orau.gov/dayofscience/default.htm for program details and an online registration form.  If you have any questions about the DOE Day of Science, please click "Contact" for the names of the appropriate persons to call or write. 
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* ChicTech Retreat - April 19th-20th 2008 - Volunteers/Counselors will be needed!!! Also, if interested in assisting with High School visits during the fall semester, please contact Samantha Chan at sdchan@uiuc.edu.* NCWIT Annual Conference - May 14th-May 15th 2008 - Volunteers will be needed!!!

NCWIT Conference
When: May 14-15th
Where: UIUC
Contact: Sonya Harris (lharris2@uiuc.edu)
The mission of the National Center for Women & Information Technology is to ensure that women are fully represented in the influential world of information technology and computing. And they are holding their conference here at UIUC!! We're looking for volunteers to help out this event. This is a NATIONAL event and it will favor highly for our Department to host this event. If you're interested, contact Sonya and more information is to follow.

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LECTURES, SYMPOSIA, ETC.
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The Excitement in Parallel Computing
Laxmikant (Sanjay) Kale
Department of Computer Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
October 22 (Monday), 2007 at 4:00 p.m.
1404 Siebel Center for Computer Science                                              
The almost simultaneous emergence of multicore chips and petascale computers presents multidimensional challenges and opportunities for parallel programming.

Machines with hundreds of Trillions of Floating-point OPerations per Second (TeraFLOPS) exist now, and one of them includes over 130,000 processors. Petascale machines, planned for 2008, will perform at 1000 TFLOPS peak performance; The largest planned machine by NSF will be at UIUC (we won the competition!) by the end of 2010. At the same time, there are already hundreds of supercomputers with over 1,000 processors each.  Adding breadth, multicore processors are starting to get into most desktop computers, and this trend is expected to continue.This era of parallel computing will have a significant impact on the society. Science and engineering will make breakthroughs based on computational modeling, while the broader desktop use has the potential to enhance individual productivity and quality of life for everyone.  I will review the current state in parallel computing, and then discuss some of the challenges, and my group's research direction within this field.  In particular, I will try to answer questions such as: What kind of programming models will prevail? What are some of the required and desired characteristics of such model/s?  My answers are based in part on my experience with several applications ranging from quantum chemistry, biomolecular simulations, simulation of solid propellant rockets, and computational astronomy.

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CORPORATE SPEAKER SERIES:  PATENT LAW

The Engineering Leadership Committee of Engineering Council will be bringing in UIUC alum Rich Stockton, a patent attorney from Banner & Witcoff, to speak to engineering students on Thursday, October 25 at 7:00pm in 103 Talbot Lab.  Rich will be presenting on the benefits of a career in Patent Law. Come join us if you are interested in Patent Law, or if you are hungry and interested in hearing a fun talk on a future career.  There will be plenty of FREE PIZZA to go around.  Hope to see you there!

October 15th Newsletter

To:  All CS Undergraduates        

From:  the CS Academic Office

CS Undergraduate Newsletter

October 15, 2007 Advising and Course Information * Information on early registration for Spring 2008 courses * Wondering who your advisor is?  See below! * Peer Advisors wanted!  Volunteer to field email questions from fellow CS, Math &CS, and Stats& CS students about courses, workload, student organizations and other issues that students are best equipped to address * Discovery courses for freshmen for Spring 2008 -- Registration in Discovery Courses  or Discovery Sections of regular courses is limited to freshmen.  *
Finding a Major that Fits, offered by The CareerCenter -- This workshop dates remaining this semester---October 16, 25 and November 1 & 6.

Each workshop is one hour in length.  Pre-registration is strongly encouraged via the CareerCenter website
(http://www.careercenter.uiuc.edu/services/workshops/wsmain.asp).

* Info on College of Business Intercollegiate Transfer Process Scholarships, Research, Conferences and other Opportunities * The Computer Science Student Advisory Council (CSSAC) needs one Junior or Senior to serve as a member - see info below 

* The American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois (ACEC-Illinois) is currently accepting applications for its Annual Scholarship Awards Program.  Information and applications are available online at: www.acec-il.org/scholarship.cfm. The application deadline is December 14, 2007.

Career Info:  Jobs, Internships, Corporate Events, Contests and other opportunities * InfoSys info session on its Global Internship Program in India, October 15: 12 Noon, Siebel Center 2407, PapaDel's will be served  * VMware presents an info session on job opportunities, October 16: 5-7 pm, Siebel Center 2405, Chevy's will be served.  Undergrads and grads welcome

* Lehman Brothers Information Session, October 17: 6-7pm, SiebelCenter 2405, Pizza will be served.  Undergrads and grads welcome * Internship positions at Yahoo (part-time) - see details below * Work for the State Department! -- Monday, October 15, 6:30PM -- Levis Faculty Center, 919 W. Illinois St, 3rd Floor, Urbana, IL --  Are you interested in the possibilities of a career that crosses the globe? Come and find out about full-time positions available to upcoming graduates as well as internships (located in D.C. and embassies worldwide) that are available to both graduate and undergraduate students. Register by emailing Greg at ghatch1@uiuc.edu

* The 2007 Engineering Student Leadership Conference Sponsored by Boeing, Saturday, October 20, 2007 from 9am-4pm

* DOE Day of Science - October 28-29 this year's upcoming DOE Day of Science will be hosted by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.  The event will be held at the Knoxville (Tennessee) Convention Center and will feature speakers and exhibits from the U.S. Department of Energy's national laboratories and facilities.

* Thursday, October 18, Cisco is here for information sessions and interviews (see details below) 
* ChicTech Retreat - April 19th-20th 2008 - Volunteers/Counselors will be needed!!! Also, if interested in assisting with High School visits during the fall semester, please contact Samantha Chan at sdchan@uiuc.edu. * NCWIT Annual Conference - May 14th-May 15th 2008 - Volunteers will be needed!!! 

NCWIT Conference

When: May 14-15th

Where: UIUC

Contact: Sonya Harris (lharris2@uiuc.edu) The mission of the NationalCenter for Women & Information Technology is to ensure that women are fully represented in the influential world of information technology and computing. And they are holding their conference here at UIUC!! We're looking for volunteers to help out this event. This is a NATIONAL event and it will favor highly for our Department to host this event. If you're interested, contact Sonya and more information is to follow. 

Lectures, Symposia, etc. *Computer Science Distinguished Lectureship Series

Architecture-aware analysis of concurrent software, Rajeev Alur, Department of Computer and Information Science University of Pennsylvania,

October 15 (Monday), 2007 at 4:00 p.m. - 1404 SiebelCenter for Computer Science 

* Corporate Speaker Series:  Patent Law
The Engineering Leadership Committee of Engineering Council will be bringing in UIUC alum Rich Stockton, a patent attorney from Banner & Witcoff, to speak to engineering students on Thursday, October 25 at 7:00pm in 103 Talbot Lab.  There will be plenty of FREE PIZZA to go around.  Hope to see you there! 
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ADVISING AND COURSE INFORMATION

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* Information on early registration for Spring 2008 courses Early registration for Spring 2008 courses begins soon.  Some students (Chancellors Honors and James Scholars) will be able to register as soon as October 29th.  To find out roughly when you'll be able to register, you can find the breakdown of who registers when on the Office of Admissions and Records registration website:  http://www.oar.uiuc.edu/current/registration/register_SPRING.html.&nbsp;  To find out precisely when you will be able to register, you can check your Time Ticket (the earliest time you are authorized to register) on Enterprise Applications (the program you use to register).  Time Tickets will be released October 15th.   ALL NEW FRESHMEN, NEW TRANSFER STUDENTS AND JUNIORS WILL BE REQUIRED TO MEET WITH THEIR FACULTY ADVISORS BEFORE REGISTERING FOR COURSES.  You will receive an email with more information later this week.  Read it carefully! 

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* Wondering who your advisor is? Answer:  You have more than one advisor!  All students will have a faculty member assigned to them by the beginning of next week.  For routine questions about degree requirements, policies and procedures, visit the staff in the CS Academic Office -- the advising office for all CS, Math & CS, and Statistics & CS majors.  Office hours are 8:00 to 11:45 am mornings and 1:00 to 4:45 afternoons, M-F.  On rare occasions, the office may shut down for meetings or other events, but we usually limit these to an hour at most and schedule them during low-traffic times.  You can also ask advising questions by emailing Steve Herzog, the full-time CS advisor, at smherzog@uiuc.edu.  To find out more about the academic office and the CS advising resources, visit the CS website's undergraduate advising wiki at https://agora.cs.uiuc.edu/display/undergradProg/CS+Department+Advising.   

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* Peer Advisors wanted!  Volunteer to field email questions from fellow CS, Math &CS, and Stats& CS students about courses, workload, student organizations, apartments, and other issues that students are best equipped to address. We're looking particularly for seniors, juniors and sophomores.  Please email Steve Herzog (smherzog@uiuc.edu) with the following information: Your name:

Your program (CS, Math & CS or Stat & CS):

Your netid:

Issues that you are particularly well able to address (e.g. minors, student organizations, specializations, etc.): 

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* Discovery courses for freshmen for Spring 2008 The list of Discover Course offerings for Spring 2008 has been posted to the Provost's website: http://www.provost.uiuc.edu/programs/discovery/Courses.html Registration in Discovery Courses or Discovery Sections of regular courses is limited to freshmen.  Here's the rationale for the program as presented by the university:  "The Discovery Program helps Illinois students enhance their education through greater interaction with faculty in small classes. The interactive courses also enable faculty to share their research in a particular area with students. It is intended for first-year students only. Discovery sections cover a wide range of disciplines and enrollment is limited to a maximum of twenty students per section. Some Discovery courses can be used to satisfy General Education requirements or requirements in a major, while others are electives. Check with your adviser to find out if a Discovery course satisfies a requirement for you." 

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*Finding a Major that Fits

Finding a Major that Fits, offered by The Career Center has provided help for over one hundred students who are exploring majors at UIUC.  This workshop is designed to assist freshmen and sophomore students select a major and can also be useful for students considering changing their major.   Participants learn how to identify their primary interests and connect interests to possible majors.  By the end of the workshop, students are asked to identify at least 2 potential majors to explore. Additionally, students will be introduced to web resources to help them explore these potential majors.

This workshop dates remaining this semester---October 16, 25 and November 1 & 6. ** Each workshop is one hour in length.  Pre-registration is strongly encouraged via the CareerCenter website (http://www.careercenter.uiuc.edu/services/workshops/wsmain.asp).

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* Info on the College of Business Intercollegiate Transfer Process: The application will be available until September 21st and decisions will be emailed by 5pm on October 19th. This process is for students who entered the University prior to the fall of 2007 and have 60 hours completed or in progress during the semester of application. The course requirements for this group are as follows:  *   Econ 102, Econ 103

 *   CS 105

 *   Econ 202, Econ 203*

 *   Accy 201, Accy 202* (must be taken at the same place)

 *   Math requirement. Choose one of the following options:

1) Math 234 and 125

2) Math 220 (or 221) and Math 125*

3) Math 220 (or 221) and Math 231 * Accy 202, Econ 203, and Math 125 can be in-progress during the semester of application The next application for this group will be  February 5, 2008 - February 23, 2008  for entry into the Fall 2008 Semester. Please remember that starting this year the process is different for students entering the university fall 2007 or later. These students will ONLY be able to apply at the end of their freshman year (May 7-June 1, 2008). Students must have finished all requirements before applying. Course Requirements:

-          Econ 102, Econ 103

-          CS 105 (or CS 125 or CS 101)

-          Math requirement. Choose one of the following options:

1) Math 234 and 125

2) Math 220 (or 221) and Math 125

3) Math 220 (or 221) and Math 231 Informational sessions for all ICT applicants will be held on (locations TBD): Tuesday, October 23 at 10:30

Wednesday, October 24 at 2:00

Wednesday, January 16, 3:00

Tuesday, January 22, 3:00

Thursday, January 24, 10:00 The application and additional information for all ICT applicants are available at: http://www.business.uiuc.edu/undergrad/prospective_students/inter_college.html 

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SCHOLARSHIPS, RESEARCH, CONFERENCES AND OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

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The Computer Science Student Advisory Council (CSSAC) needs one Junior or Senior to serve as an at-large member (undergrad II) The Student Advisory Council represents the concerns of the student population, advises and helps in the administration of the department, and promotes better relations between students, faculty, and staff. The council is comprised of liaison members from all CS registered student organizations and three representatives from the student body at large (one from each level - undergrad I and II, and grad). The council meets a couple of times during fall and spring semesters.  If you are interested, please email a personal statement (one-two paragraphs) with your qualifications to Steve Herzog (smherzog@uiuc.edu).  All applications will be read (anonymously) by the current council members and ranked. --

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The American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois (ACEC-Illinois) is currently accepting applications for its Annual Scholarship Awards Program.  Eligible candidates must be:

  • U.S. citizens
  • currently enrolled in an ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering & Technology) accredited engineering program in Illinois
  • pursuing a Bachelor's, Master's, or PhD degree
  • entering their Junior, Senior, Fifth,  Master's or Graduate year in the Fall of 2008.  

Scholarship award winners will be selected by a committee of ACEC-Illinois Member Firm Principals and based on academic excellence, recommendations and an essay addressing the topic "What is the role or responsibility of the consulting engineer or land surveyor relative to shaping and protecting the natural environment?"  Scholarships are awarded in June 2008.

Last year, ACEC-Illinois awarded $23,500 to 14 students at the state level.  The top applicant received a $4,000 scholarship and thirteen students each received a $1,500 "Named" Scholarship sponsored by ACEC-Illinois Member Firms. In addition, each year the top applicant is forwarded to the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) for the National Scholarship program, where they compete for additional Scholarship Awards.

Information and applications are available online at: www.acec-il.org/scholarship.cfm.

The application deadline is December 14, 2007

The American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois is a statewide association of independent engineering firms which represents the business and professional interests of over 230 member firms, which together employ over 10,000 engineers, architects, technicians and support personnel. ACEC-Illinois is a member organization of the American Council of Engineering Companies, a federation of state and regional councils which represent the interests of more than 5,000 private-practice engineering firms.

For more information on the ACEC-Illinois scholarship program or ACEC-Illinois contact:

Gaye Kick

(217) 529-7430

acecgaye@acec-il.org

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CAREER INFO:  JOBS, INTERNSHIPS, CORPORATE EVENTS, CONTESTS AND OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

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* Corporate recruiting info sessions for the week of 10/15/07

The week of 10/15/07 brings three more companies to our hallways, for recruiting purposes. Please contact Karen Hyman, at kkhyman@uiuc.edu or 244-4496 if you have any questions.
 

* InfoSys info session on its Global Internship Program in India, October 15: 12 Noon, Siebel Center 2407, PapaDel's will be served Of particular interest to grads and undergrads interested in opportunities abroad  

* VMware presents an info session on job opportunities, October 16: 5-7 pm, Siebel Center 2405, Chevy's will be served.  Undergrads and grads welcome 

* Lehman Brothers Information Session, October 17: 6-7pm, SiebelCenter 2405, Pizza will be served.  Undergrads and grads welcome  

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* Internship positions at Yahoo (part-time) Position #1: Yahoo - Part Time Software Intern (Web Development)
Yahoo! has an exciting, part-time opportunity for a highly motivated Computer Science / Computer Engineering major. If you would like to work for the leading global Internet brand and one of the most trafficked internet destinations worldwide, Yahoo! is the company for you. The Production Operations Team is looking for someone to develop a Planning Web Interface (PWI) to provide Yahoo staff with a single destination to view an online, on-demand, version of the operations Plan of Record.
 
The initial estimate for this project is 195-240 hours.  This position has the potential to turn into a Part Time position for the entire school year, and a full time position during the summer.
 
Required Skills:
Experienced with web design
Familiarity with PHP
Strong communication skills
The ability to work 15 - 20 hours per week
 
Position #2 Yahoo - Part Time Software Intern (Systems Administration)
Yahoo! has an exciting, part-time internship opportunity for a highly motivated Computer Science / Computer Engineering major with an interest in systems administration. If you would like to work for the leading global Internet brand and one of the most trafficked internet destinations worldwide, Yahoo! is the company for you. We are looking for a detail oriented individual to assist in a variety of tasks to ensure that the Yahoo infrastructure is successfully maintained and our customer's needs are met.
 
Required Skills:
Demonstrated Unix systems knowledge
Strong communication skills
Team Player
Ability to work 15 hours per week

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* The 2007 Engineering Student Leadership Conference Sponsored by Boeing, Saturday, October 20, 2007 from 9am-4pm

The Engineering Student Leadership Conference (ESLC) is a one-day corporate leadership conference composed of a combination of corporate presentations and leadership activities.  As student participants strengthen their leadership skills and see how these skills can be applied in industry, the attending corporate representatives enjoy valuable recruiting time.  This year ESLC will be sponsored by The Boeing Company and will take place on Saturday, October 20, 2007 from 9am-4pm.  Please visit http://eslc.ec.uiuc.edu/application.phpto apply for the event, and feel free to contact David Rockwood at drockwo2@uiuc.edu for more details.

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­What: Work for the State Department!

When: Monday, October 15, 6:30PM

Where: Levis Faculty Center, 919 W. Illinois St, 3rd Floor, Urbana,IL

Who: Brian Flora, Foreign Service Officer and Diplomat in Residence from the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service Are you interested in the possibilities of a career that crosses the globe? Come and find out about full-time positions available to upcoming graduates as well as internships (located in D.C. and embassies worldwide) that are available to both graduate and undergraduate students. All majors welcome. U.S. citizenship required - Equal Opportunity Employer. Register by emailing Greg at ghatch1@uiuc.edu

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Thursday, October 18, Cisco, a generous scholarship supporter, of our Women in Computer Science is here for information sessions and interviews.  Event: Interviews for: CS, Sales and CDO

Date: October 18, 2007

Location: Digital Computing Laboratory (DCL)

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* DOE Day of Science - October 28-29 This year's upcoming DOE Day of Science, hosted by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory will be held at the Knoxville (Tennessee) Convention Center and will feature speakers and exhibits from the U.S. Department of Energy's national laboratories and facilities.  There are no limits on the numbers of students/faculty who can attend this year, and US citizenship is NOT required. See http://www.orau.gov/dayofscience/default.htm for program details and an online registration form.  If you have any questions about the DOE Day of Science, please click "Contact" for the names of the appropriate persons to call or write. 

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* ChicTech Retreat - April 19th-20th 2008 - Volunteers/Counselors will be needed!!! Also, if interested in assisting with High School visits during the fall semester, please contact Samantha Chan at sdchan@uiuc.edu. 

* NCWIT Annual Conference - May 14th-May 15th 2008 - Volunteers will be needed!!! 

NCWIT Conference

When: May 14-15th

Where: UIUC

Contact: Sonya Harris (lharris2@uiuc.edu) The mission of the NationalCenter for Women & Information Technology is to ensure that women are fully represented in the influential world of information technology and computing. And they are holding their conference here at UIUC!! We're looking for volunteers to help out this event. This is a NATIONAL event and it will favor highly for our Department to host this event. If you're interested, contact Sonya and more information is to follow.

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* Computer Science Distinguished Lectureship Series

Architecture-aware analysis of concurrent software

Rajeev Alur

Department of Computer and Information Science

UniversityofPennsylvania

October 15 (Monday), 2007 at 4:00 p.m.

1404 SiebelCenter for Computer Science Our ability to effectively harness the computational power of multi-processor and multi-core

architectures is predicated upon advances in programming languages and tools for developing concurrent software. Recent years have seen intensive research in methods  for verifying concurrent software resulting in powerful tools for finding concurrency-related bugs.  Almost all of such tools are based on the assumption that the instructions of the same thread are executed according to the program order. This model is called the interleaving model in the verification

community, and the sequential consistency model in the computer architecture literature. While this is a commonly accepted language-level memory model, modern multi-processors relax sequential consistency in different ways for performance reasons resulting in weaker models.  The goal of our research is to develop tools for analyzing system-level concurrent software along with such details of the underlying architecture. A first step in our research has resulted in a tool called CheckFence. CheckFence analyzes C code for concurrent data types with respect to an axiomatic specification of a  memory model. Using a satisfiability solver, for a given client test program, CheckFence searches for discrepancy between operation-level sequential consistency semantics for the data type and concurrent executions feasible  with respect to the specified model. We have analyzed a number of benchmarks successfully using CheckFence. Our analysis has revealed a number of potential bugs, and the memory ordering fences needed to fix the bugs.

We conclude by discussing research opportunities and challenges for analysis tools that can bridge the gap between the programmers' desire for simplicity of concurrency abstractions and architects'  ability to expose hardware parallelism. This talk is based on joint work with Sebastian Burckhardt (Microsoft Research) and Milo Martin (Penn). Bio:   Rajeev Alur is Zisman Family Professor and Graduate Group Chair in the Department of Computer and Information Science at UniversityofPennsylvania. He obtained his bachelor's degree in computer science from Indian Institute of Technology at Kanpur in 1987, and PhD in computer science from StanfordUniversity in 1991. Before joining Penn in 1997, he was with ComputingScienceResearchCenter in Bell Laboratories. His areas of research include formal modeling and analysis of reactive systems, hybrid systems, model checking, software verification, logics and automata, and design automation for embedded software. His awards include President of India's Gold Medal for academic excellence (1987), US National Science Foundation's CAREER (1997) and ITR (2001) awards, Alfred P. Sloan Faculty Fellowship (1999), and designation as a highly cited scientist by the Institute for Scientific Information (2005). Prof. Alur has (co)chaired scientific meetings such as CAV (Intl Conf on Computer-Aided Verification), EMSOFT (ACM Symp on Embedded Software), HSCC (Intl Conf on Hybrid Systems: Computation and Control), and LICS (IEEE Symp on Logic in Computer Science), and served as the chair of ACM SIGBED (Special Interest Group on Embedded Systems).

Reception after the talk in the 2nd Floor Atrium of Siebel Center

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CORPORATE SPEAKER SERIES:  PATENT LAW

The Engineering Leadership Committee of Engineering Council will be bringing in UIUC alum Rich Stockton, a patent attorney from Banner & Witcoff, to speak to engineering students on Thursday, October 25 at 7:00pm in 103 Talbot Lab.  Rich will be presenting on the benefits of a career in Patent Law. Come join us if you are interested in Patent Law, or if you are hungry and interested in hearing a fun talk on a future career.  There will be plenty of FREE PIZZA to go around.  Hope to see you there! 

October 8th Newsletter

To:  All CS Undergraduates        

From:  the CS Academic Office

CS Undergraduate Newsletter

October 8, 2007

Advising and Course Information* *DROP DEADLINE APPROACHING:  The Deadline to drop a full-semester course is Friday, October 12.  Don't wait until Friday.*

* REGISTRATION HOLD ON ALL COLLEGEOFENGINEERING STUDENTS, until Friday, October 12

 * Information on early registration for Spring 2008 courses

 * Wondering who your advisor is?  See below!

* Finding a Major that Fits, offered by The CareerCenter -- This workshop dates remaining this semester---October 10, 16, 25 and November 1 & 6.

Each workshop is one hour in length.  Pre-registration is strongly encouraged via the CareerCenter website

(http://www.careercenter.uiuc.edu/services/workshops/wsmain.asp).

 * The fall intercollegiate transfer process for the CollegeofBusiness has begun. The application will be available until September 21st and decisions will be emailed by 5pm on October 19th. This process is for students who entered the University prior to the fall of 2007 and have 60 hours completed or in progress during the semester of application.

 Scholarships, Research, Conferences and other Opportunities * The Computer Science Student Advisory Council (CSSAC) needs one Junior or Senior to serve as a member - see info below

 * Important info about the Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference, October 14-17, 2007 in the Disney Hilton, Orlando,Florida   

* The American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois (ACEC-Illinois) is currently accepting applications for its Annual Scholarship Awards Program.  Information and applications are available online at: www.acec-il.org/scholarship.cfm. The application deadline is December 14, 2007.Career Info:  Jobs, Internships, Corporate Events, Contests and other opportunities

 * ACM Reflections Projections Conference, October 12-14, 2007, primarily in the SiebelCenter and DCL:  http://www.acm.uiuc.edu/conference/2007/events .  Includes the following events:*  Yahoo! Hack Days competition: http://www.acm.uiuc.edu/conference/2007/yahoohack

  • Job Fair

      http://www.acm.uiuc.edu/conference/2007/jobs

* The 2007 Engineering Student Leadership Conference Sponsored by Boeing, Saturday, October 20, 2007 from 9am-4pm

* Bettis hires approximately 20 students for its summer intern program.  Deadline October 12.  Laboratory internships offer students a unique opportunity to participate in the important work done at Bettis and a chance to work with some of the finest technical people in the country.  See below for details and a link to the application site.

* DOE Day of Science - October 28-29 this year's upcoming DOE Day of Science will be hosted by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.  The event will be held at the Knoxville (Tennessee) Convention Center and will feature speakers and exhibits from the U.S. Department of Energy's national laboratories and facilities.

* Thursday, October 18, Cisco is here for information sessions and interviews (see details below)Lectures, Symposia, etc.

* Compiler Seminar, Wednesday, October 10, 2007, 4pm, 4405 SiebelCenter

Robert Bocchino, "Deterministic Parallel Java"

*Computer Science Distinguished Lectureship Series

Architecture-aware analysis of concurrent software, Rajeev Alur, Department of Computer and Information Science University of Pennsylvania,

October 15 (Monday), 2007 at 4:00 p.m. - 1404 SiebelCenter for Computer Science

* Corporate Speaker Series:  Patent Law
The Engineering Leadership Committee of Engineering Council will be bringing in UIUC alum Rich Stockton, a patent attorney from Banner & Witcoff, to speak to engineering students on Thursday, October 25 at 7:00pm in 103 Talbot Lab.  There will be plenty of FREE PIZZA to go around.  Hope to see you there
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ADVISING AND COURSE INFORMATION

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* DROP DEADLINE APPROACHING:  The Deadline to drop a full-semester course is this Friday, October 12.

If you intend to drop a course, you have until Friday, October 12 at 5:00 pm, but DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE. 

Remember that you may not drop below 12 hours without the approval of a dean from your college office - and such approval is only granted in cases where circumstances beyond your control have affected your ability to remain at full-time status

STUDENTS IN THE COLLEGEOFENGINEERING, REMEMBER THAT YOU HAVE A REGISTRATION HOLD - SEE THE NEXT ITEM:

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* Registration hold on all College of Engineering students until Friday, October 12

After the "Add Deadline" each semester the CollegeofEngineering places a hold on all undergraduate student accounts that prevents students from changing their schedule.  They do this because there is a CollegeofEngineering policy that requires Dean's approval (or in some cases your Home Department approval) for dropping certain restricted courses.

After Wednesday, September 05, 2007, you will need a dean's signature to drop any of your core Engineering requirements (MATH 115, 220, 221, 231, 241, 385; CHEM 102, 103; PHYS 211, 212, 213, 214].  You will need departmental approval to drop CS 100, CS 125, CS 173, CS 225.  You won't need a signature to drop any other class, but you will need to go through a web portal to do so.  Here is the text of the email you received recently with specific instructions:

Engineering Students:
 
If you want to change your schedule in any way between September 6th and October 12th, you MUST read this e-mail thoroughly to find out how to do it.

As of September 6th, all Undergrad Engineering students will have an Advising Hold placed on their accounts.  We place these holds each semester after the "Add Deadline" in order to prevent you from dropping certain restricted courses, due to a College of Engineering policy that requires Dean's approval (or in some cases your Home Department approval) for these course changes.

Between September 6th and October 12th you will need to go to the following web portal to do all schedule changes while this hold is in effect, which includes adding, dropping, changing sections, or changing credit hours for a course.
 
   URL: https://engineering.uiuc.edu/request_course_change/
 
All schedule change requests that are not restricted will be processed within a few days of your request.  If you want to see if your request has been processed yet, you can visit Banner...it will have your most up to date schedule.

If your request is a restricted one, such as dropping a required course, adding a course late, or going under 12 hours, these are not allowed without approval(s).  If you have one of these, you will need to do the following...after you submit the request, the web site will prepare a form that you will need to PRINT OUT.  You will then need to get approval on that form from either your Home Department and/or an Engineering Dean (the form will tell you which approval(s) you need to obtain).
 
DO NOT FORGET to print out the form for restricted requests BEFORE you continue on!  You will not be able to go back later to print it out.  Follow all instructions given on the form and turn it into 206 Engineering Hall for processing.
 
Finally, we ask you not to turn in a request that you are unsure of.  These cannot be undone easily.  Also, do not turn in the same request more than once.
 
If you have any questions about the policy or the web portal, please contact Engineering Academic Affairs (engrap@uiuc.edu or 333-2280).        

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* Information on early registration for Spring 2008 courses

Early registration for Spring 2008 courses begins soon.  Some students (Chancellors Honors and James Scholars) will be able to register as soon as October 29th.  To find out roughly when you'll be able to register, you can find the breakdown of who registers when on the Office of Admissions and Records registration website:  http://www.oar.uiuc.edu/current/registration/register_SPRING.html.&nbsp;

To find out precisely when you will be able to register, you can check your Time Ticket (the earliest time you are authorized to register) on Enterprise Applications (the program you use to register).  Time Tickets will be released October 15th

ALL NEW FRESHMEN, NEW TRANSFER STUDENTS AND JUNIORS WILL BE REQUIRED TO MEET WITH THEIR FACULTY ADVISORS BEFORE REGISTERING FOR COURSES.  You will receive an email with more information later this week.  Read it carefully!

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* Wondering who your advisor is?

Answer:  You have more than one advisor!  All students will have a faculty assigned to them by the beginning of next week.  For routine questions about degree requirements, policies and procedures, visit the staff in the CS Academic Office -- the advising office for all CS, Math & CS, and Statistics & CS majors.  Office hours are 8:00 to 11:45 am mornings and 1:00 to 4:45 afternoons, M-F.  On rare occasions, the office may shut down for meetings or other events, but we usually limit these to an hour at most and schedule them during low-traffic times.  You can also ask advising questions by emailing Steve Herzog, the full-time CS advisor, at smherzog@uiuc.edu.  To find out more about the academic office and the CS advising resources, visit the CS website's undergraduate advising wiki at https://agora.cs.uiuc.edu/display/undergradProg/CS+Department+Advising.

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*Finding a Major that Fits

Finding a Major that Fits, offered by The Career Center has provided help for over one hundred students who are exploring majors at UIUC.  This workshop is designed to assist freshmen and sophomore students select a major and can also be useful for students considering changing their major.   Participants learn how to identify their primary interests and connect interests to possible majors.  By the end of the workshop, students are asked to identify at least 2 potential majors to explore. Additionally, students will be introduced to web resources to help them explore these potential majors.

This workshop dates remaining this semester---September 27, October 2, 10, 16, 25 and November 1 & 6.

** Each workshop is one hour in length.  Pre-registration is strongly encouraged via the CareerCenter website (http://www.careercenter.uiuc.edu/services/workshops/wsmain.asp).

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* The fall intercollegiate transfer process for the CollegeofBusiness has begun. The application will be available until September 21st and decisions will be emailed by 5pm on October 19th. This process is for students who entered the University prior to the fall of 2007 and have 60 hours completed or in progress during the semester of application. The course requirements for this group are as follows:

 *   Econ 102, Econ 103

 *   CS 105

 *   Econ 202, Econ 203*

 *   Accy 201, Accy 202* (must be taken at the same place)

 *   Math requirement. Choose one of the following options:

1) Math 234 and 125

2) Math 220 (or 221) and Math 125*

3) Math 220 (or 221) and Math 231

* Accy 202, Econ 203, and Math 125 can be in-progress during the semester of application

The next application for this group will be  February 5, 2008 - February 23, 2008  for entry into the Fall 2008 Semester.

Please remember that starting this year the process is different for students entering the university fall 2007 or later. These students will ONLY be able to apply at the end of their freshman year (May 7-June 1, 2008). Students must have finished all requirements before applying.Course Requirements:

-          Econ 102, Econ 103

-          CS 105 (or CS 125 or CS 101)

-          Math requirement. Choose one of the following options:

1) Math 234 and 125

2) Math 220 (or 221) and Math 125

3) Math 220 (or 221) and Math 231

Informational sessions for all ICT applicants will be held on (locations TBD):

Tuesday, October 23 at 10:30

Wednesday, October 24 at 2:00

Wednesday, January 16, 3:00

Tuesday, January 22, 3:00

Thursday, January 24, 10:00

The application and additional information for all ICT applicants are available at:

http://www.business.uiuc.edu/undergrad/prospective_students/inter_college.html

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* The Computer Science Student Advisory Council (CSSAC) needs one Junior or Senior to serve as an at-large member (undergrad II)

The Student Advisory Council represents the concerns of the student population, advises and helps in the administration of the department, and promotes better relations between students, faculty, and staff. The council is comprised of liaison members from all CS registered student organizations and three representatives from the student body at large (one from each level - undergrad I and II, and grad). The council meets a couple of times during fall and spring semesters.  If you are interested, please email a personal statement (one-two paragraphs) with your qualifications to Steve Herzog (smherzog@uiuc.edu).  All applications will be read (anonymously) by the current council members and ranked.

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* Important info about the Tapia Celebration! October 14-17, 2007

StudentsIf you have minority students you work with who would like to attend but who have no travel support, we will try to secure some assistance for them. Please have them register ASAP at https://my.rice.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1178907169932 , where they can indicate their interest in attending.

Conference RegistrationIf you have not yet registered for the conference itself, today is the last day for the Early Bird discount.  Registration information is available at http://www.richardtapia.org/2007/travel.php

Hotel ReservationsI have heard from some of you that you have had difficulty making hotel reservations for the Tapia Celebration.  There is a new means to make a reservation, provided at the conference Website, http://www.richardtapia.org/2007/travel.php, as follows:

Hotel
Hilton Walt Disney World Resort Hotel
Phone: (407) 827-4000
The negotiated hotel room rate is $169+tax/night.

To register, call the hotel at (407) 827-4000.

Use the Group/Convention Code: "Grace Hopper - Richard Tapia" to receive the negotiated rate, which should also be available as early as three days before and as late as three days after the conference dates.

The Tapia Conference is aimed at providing a supportive networking environment for under-represented groups across the broad range of computing and information technology, from science to business to the arts to infrastructure.

The 2007 Conference will include several successful aspects of past events, such as:

  • A robust technical program, which includes papers, workshops, panels, and birds-of-a-feather sessions.
  • Invited plenary talks that feature the voices of our community who have excelled across different benchmarks and will discuss how they have organized their scientific and non-scientific ideas to find their niche and become successful.
  • A dynamic poster session, focused on students, providing a place to present new, exciting research in a relatively informal, supportive setting. Winners of the poster competition will be eligible for ACM's Student Research Competition Grand Finals.
  • The Doctorial Consortium, a full-day sounding board to guide and encourage students working on their Ph.D.s.
  • Several opportunities to network, including the posters reception, breaks, and the gala awards banquet.

FYI:

This October 14-17, 2007 more than 400 students, professors, and researchers will gather at the Disney Hilton in Orlando,Florida for the fourth Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference. Held every two years, the Tapia Conference provides a welcoming and supportive setting for all participants and particularly for students and faculty from under-represented groups. For more info, visit http://www.richardtapia.org/2007/

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* The American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois (ACEC-Illinois) is currently accepting applications for its Annual Scholarship Awards Program.  Eligible candidates must be:* U.S. citizens

  • currently enrolled in an ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering & Technology) accredited engineering program in Illinois
  • pursuing a Bachelor's, Master's, or PhD degree
  • entering their Junior, Senior, Fifth,  Master's or Graduate year in the Fall of 2008.  

Scholarship award winners will be selected by a committee of ACEC-Illinois Member Firm Principals and based on academic excellence, recommendations and an essay addressing the topic "What is the role or responsibility of the consulting engineer or land surveyor relative to shaping and protecting the natural environment?"  Scholarships are awarded in June 2008.

Last year, ACEC-Illinois awarded $23,500 to 14 students at the state level.  The top applicant received a $4,000 scholarship and thirteen students each received a $1,500 "Named" Scholarship sponsored by ACEC-Illinois Member Firms. In addition, each year the top applicant is forwarded to the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) for the National Scholarship program, where they compete for additional Scholarship Awards.

Information and applications are available online at: www.acec-il.org/scholarship.cfm.

The application deadline is December 14, 2007. The American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois is a statewide association of independent engineering firms which represents the business and professional interests of over 230 member firms, which together employ over 10,000 engineers, architects, technicians and support personnel. ACEC-Illinois is a member organization of the American Council of Engineering Companies, a federation of state and regional councils which represent the interests of more than 5,000 private-practice engineering firms.

For more information on the ACEC-Illinois scholarship program or ACEC-Illinois contact:

Gaye Kick

(217) 529-7430

acecgaye@acec-il.org

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* ACM Reflections Projections Conference, October 12-14, 2007, primarily in the SiebelCenter and DCL

The Association for Computing Machinery at the University of Illinois is hosting its 13th annual computing conference on October 12--14, 2007. Reflections|Projections is an opportunity for us to bring together students from across the country to gain a broader perspective on computer science, in the presence of some of the great minds of today and yesterday. Throughout the weekend, we'll have 19 speakers from across the country, from industry and academia, two programming competitions from Yahoo! and in-house developers (MechMania), and a job fair for students and companies in Computer Science.

http://www.acm.uiuc.edu/conference/2007/events

* Yahoo Hack Days competition

For event details see the following website

http://www.acm.uiuc.edu/conference/2007/yahoohack

Yahoo! university hack day is this week. Hope you had a chance to enjoy the terrific Kickoff Event this past Friday 10/5.  Burritos, interesting talks by Rasmus Lerdorf and Kent Brewster, interactive app building, and other fun events jumpstarted the one week you have to develop your hack ideas before the actual 24 hour coding period begins!

*Check out the Website for everything else you need (and yes, some stuff you don't)*

You may have already done this, but if not, here's the place: http://developer.yahoo.com/hacku    ...  Remember that it doesn't need to be perfect code...just an inspiring idea that you brought to life!!

A few reminders...

You're not restricted to using Yahoo! APIs and services, but the judges seem to like it if you can work one of them into that mashup.   For more inspiration, please take a look at the Apps Gallery (http://gallery.yahoo.com), the Widget Gallery (http://widgets.yahoo.com/gallery/), and the APIs and tips on the Yahoo! Developer Network site (http://developer.yahoo.com/ ) and the YUI Library http://developer.yahoo.com/yui for some easy ways to get started!!

Then the 24 hour hacking period begins... at 12:00pm on October 11th ... come by our 24 hour base camp (SC 0224) for food, caffeine, free stuff, games, raffle prizes, inspiration and fun. C'mon someone needs to challenge the developers to a game of faceball! ." rel="nofollow"linktype="raw" linktext="http://www.faceball.org.">http://www.faceball.org. Final submissions due on October 12th at noon. Demos, Judging, Awards and Party to take place at the ACM Reflections/Projection Conference at 6:15 pm on Friday October 12.

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* The 2007 Engineering Student Leadership Conference Sponsored by Boeing, Saturday, October 20, 2007 from 9am-4pm

The Engineering Student Leadership Conference (ESLC) is a one-day corporate leadership conference composed of a combination of corporate presentations and leadership activities.  As student participants strengthen their leadership skills and see how these skills can be applied in industry, the attending corporate representatives enjoy valuable recruiting time.  This year ESLC will be sponsored by The Boeing Company and will take place on Saturday, October 20, 2007 from 9am-4pm.  Please visit http://eslc.ec.uiuc.edu/application.phpto apply for the event, and feel free to contact David Rockwood at drockwo2@uiuc.edu for more details. 

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* Bettis Summer Intern Program

Each year, Bettis hires approximately 20 students for its summer intern program.  Laboratory internships offer students a unique opportunity to participate in the important work done at Bettis and a chance to work with some of the finest technical people in the country.

Candidates for internship positions should be undergraduate (completed sophomore year) and graduate students majoring in engineering, science, or business.  Specific internship opportunities are based on Laboratory hiring needs and will vary annually.  Details regarding the majors for which we are hiring can be found in the summer internship position postings on our Career Site (www.bettislab.com), hosted by Monster.com.  Based on our current hiring needs, the following postings will be available from September 4 thru October 12 for the 2008 summer intern program.

  • "Summer Intern - Technical" - internships in engineering and science disciplines
  • "Summer Intern - Business" - internships in business disciplines

Interviews are conducted in November/early December.  Internships have flexible beginning and ending dates, however, interns usually work from May/June through August/September.

Questions regarding the summer intern program can be sent to the Program Coordinator at interns@bettis.gov.

All candidates must be U.S. citizens.  Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified matter.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

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Thursday, October 18, Cisco, a generous scholarship supporter, of our Women in Computer Science is here for information sessions and interviews. Event: Interviews for: CS, Sales and CDO

Date: October 18, 2007

Location: Digital Computing Laboratory (DCL)

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* DOE Day of Science - October 28-29 

This year's upcoming DOE Day of Science, hosted by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory will be held at the Knoxville (Tennessee) Convention Center and will feature speakers and exhibits from the U.S. Department of Energy's national laboratories and facilities.  There are no limits on the numbers of students/faculty who can attend this year, and US citizenship is NOT required.

See http://www.orau.gov/dayofscience/default.htm for program details and an online registration form.  If you have any questions about the DOE Day of Science, please click "Contact" for the names of the appropriate persons to call or write. 

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LECTURES, SYMPOSIA, ETC.

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* Compiler Seminar, Wednesday, October 10, 2007, 4pm, 4405 SiebelCenter

Robert Bocchino, "Deterministic Parallel Java"

Multicore desktop computers are here, and we need better programming models to support them.  One important feature of a parallel programming model is deterministic semantics:  that is, a program produces the same output on every execution with a given input, regardless of the parallel schedule chosen.  Determinism makes parallel programs much easier to write, understand, debug, and maintain.  Further, many (though not all) parallel programs are, in fact, intended to have deterministic semantics.  However, general-purpose languages, particularly those that allow arbitrary updates to shared data, typically do not guarantee determinism, leaving the burden on the programmer to ensure that the program is correctly synchronized.

In this talk, I will present Deterministic Parallel Java (DPJ), a set of extensions to a sequential subset of the Java programming language that guarantees deterministic semantics in the presence of aliasing and updates to shared mutable objects.  In DPJ, the programmer partitions the heap into regions and annotates method definitions with read and write effects on those regions.  The programmer also explicitly marks parallel tasks and synchronization points.  The compiler checks that the effects are correctly declared, and that the program is correctly synchronized to ensure determinism.  I will describe the core language features, illustrate them with some examples, and sketch the formal semantics and soundness result that we have developed for the language.  I will also describe ongoing work, including features we plan to add to the language. 

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* Computer Science Distinguished Lectureship Series

Architecture-aware analysis of concurrent software

Rajeev Alur

Department of Computer and Information Science

UniversityofPennsylvania

October 15 (Monday), 2007 at 4:00 p.m.

1404 SiebelCenter for Computer Science

A Our ability to effectively harness the computational power of multi-processor and multi-core

architectures is predicated upon advances in programming languages and tools for developing concurrent software. Recent years have seen intensive research in methods  for verifying concurrent software resulting in powerful tools for finding concurrency-related bugs.  Almost all of such tools are based on the assumption that the instructions of the same thread are executed according to the program order. This model is called the interleaving model in the verification

community, and the sequential consistency model in the computer architecture literature. While this is a commonly accepted language-level memory model, modern multi-processors relax sequential consistency in different ways for performance reasons resulting in weaker models.  The goal of our research is to develop tools for analyzing system-level concurrent software along with such details of the underlying architecture. A first step in our research has resulted in a tool called CheckFence. CheckFence analyzes C code for concurrent data types with respect to an

axiomatic specification of a  memory model. Using a satisfiability solver, for a given client test program, CheckFence searches for discrepancy between operation-level sequential consistency semantics for the data type and concurrent executions feasible  with respect to the specified model. We have analyzed a number of benchmarks successfully using CheckFence. Our analysis has revealed a number of potential bugs, and the memory ordering fences needed to fix the bugs.

We conclude by discussing research opportunities and challenges for analysis tools that can bridge the gap between the programmers' desire for simplicity of concurrency abstractions and

architects'  ability to expose hardware parallelism.

This talk is based on joint work with Sebastian Burckhardt (Microsoft Research) and Milo Martin (Penn).

Bio:   Rajeev Alur is Zisman Family Professor and Graduate Group Chair in the Department of Computer and Information Science at UniversityofPennsylvania. He obtained his bachelor's degree in computer science from Indian Institute of Technology at Kanpur in 1987, and PhD in computer science from StanfordUniversity in 1991. Before joining Penn in 1997, he was with ComputingScienceResearchCenter in Bell Laboratories. His areas of research include formal modeling and analysis of reactive systems, hybrid systems, model checking, software verification, logics and automata, and design automation for embedded software. His awards include President of India's Gold Medal for academic excellence (1987), US National Science Foundation's CAREER (1997) and ITR (2001) awards, Alfred P. Sloan Faculty Fellowship (1999), and designation as a highly cited scientist by the Institute for Scientific Information (2005). Prof. Alur has (co)chaired scientific meetings such as CAV (Intl Conf on Computer-Aided Verification), EMSOFT (ACM Symp on Embedded Software), HSCC (Intl Conf on Hybrid Systems: Computation and Control), and LICS (IEEE Symp on Logic in Computer Science), and served as the chair of ACM SIGBED (Special Interest Group on Embedded Systems).

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CORPORATE SPEAKER SERIES:  PATENT LAW

The Engineering Leadership Committee of Engineering Council will be bringing in UIUC alum Rich Stockton, a patent attorney from Banner & Witcoff, to speak to engineering students on Thursday, October 25 at 7:00pm in 103 Talbot Lab.  Rich will be presenting on the benefits of a career in Patent Law. Come join us if you are interested in Patent Law, or if you are hungry and interested in hearing a fun talk on a future career.  There will be plenty of FREE PIZZA to go around.  Hope to see you there!

October 1st Newsletter

To:  All CS Undergraduates        

From:  the CS Academic Office

CS Undergraduate Newsletter

October 1, 2007

 

Advising and Course Information
* Wondering who your advisor is?  See below!

* Finding a Major that Fits, offered by The CareerCenter -- This workshop dates remaining this semester---September 27, October 2, 10, 16, 25 and November 1 & 6.

** Each workshop is one hour in length.  Pre-registration is strongly encouraged via the CareerCenter website

(http://www.careercenter.uiuc.edu/services/workshops/wsmain.asp).

 

* The fall intercollegiate transfer process for the CollegeofBusiness has begun. The application will be available until September 21st and decisions will be emailed by 5pm on October 19th. This process is for students who entered the University prior to the fall of 2007 and have 60 hours completed or in progress during the semester of application.

 

* REGISTRATION HOLD ON ALLCOLLEGE OF ENGINEERING STUDENTS, Thursday, September 6 – Friday, October 12

* A special note about CS 100 for new freshmen

Scholarships, Research, Conferences and other Opportunities*  NSEP Scholarship Session -- The University of Illinois will be hosting an information session on National Security Education Program (NSEP) undergraduate study abroad scholarships on Wednesday, October 3 at 4:00 in room 101, InternationalStudiesBuilding. Ja'net Carter, the Program Manager for NSEP, will be providing participants with information about the program and tips on filling out competitive applications.

* Important info about the Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference, October 14-17, 2007 in the Disney Hilton, Orlando,Florida 

* Call for students to serve on departmental committees (juniors and seniors)

* Call for Participation in a NEW research-focused conference for undergraduate women in CS to be held at Carnegie Mellon University *(Pittsburgh,PA)*, Oct. 5-7, 2007

* The American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois (ACEC-Illinois) is currently accepting applications for its Annual Scholarship Awards Program.  Information and applications are available online at: www.acec-il.org/scholarship.cfm. The application deadline is December 14, 2007. 

Career Info:  Jobs, Internships, Corporate Events, Contests and other opportunities

* Thursday, October 4, Microsoft invites you to its TechFest.  Thursday, October 4th 2pm-5pm @ Siebel Center 1st Floor Atrium

* Thursday, October 4, State Farm Research Center will have an open house for the University of Illinois community, at their Research Park location, 2001 S. First St., Suite102, 5-7 pm. * Friday, October 5, Yahoo! launches its Hack Days! at 4:30 pm in SiebelCenter 0224 For more information, please see http://www.acm.uiuc.edu/conference/2007/yahoohack and http://developer.yahoo.com/hacku * Thursday, October 18, Cisco is here for information sessions and interviews (see details below) 

Lectures, Symposia, etc.

* Compiler Seminar, Wednesday, October 3, 2007, 4pm, 4405 SiebelCenter

John Criswell, "Secure Virtual Architecture: A Safe Execution Environment for Commodity Operating Systems"

*Computer Science Distinguished Lectureship Series

Architecture-aware analysis of concurrent software

            Rajeev Alur

Department of Computer and Information Science University of Pennsylvania

October 15 (Monday), 2007 at 4:00 p.m. - 1404 SiebelCenter for Computer Science

 

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ADVISING AND COURSE INFORMATION

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* Wondering who your advisor is?

 

Answer:  You have more than one advisor!  All students will have a faculty assigned to them by the beginning of next week.  For routine questions about degree requirements, policies and procedures, visit the staff in the CS Academic Office -- the advising office for all CS, Math & CS, and Statistics & CS majors.  Office hours are 8:00 to 11:45 am mornings and 1:00 to 4:45 afternoons, M-F.  On rare occasions, the office may shut down for meetings or other events, but we usually limit these to an hour at most during low-traffic times.  You can also ask advising questions by emailing Steve Herzog, the full-time CS advisor, at smherzog@uiuc.edu.  To find out more about the academic office and the CS advising resources, visit the CS website's undergraduate advising wiki at https://agora.cs.uiuc.edu/display/undergradProg/CS+Department+Advising.

 

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*Finding a Major that Fits

Finding a Major that Fits, offered by The Career Center has provided help for over one hundred students who are exploring majors at UIUC.  This workshop is designed to assist freshmen and sophomore students select a major and can also be useful for students considering changing their major.   Participants learn how to identify their primary interests and connect interests to possible majors.  By the end of the workshop, students are asked to identify at least 2 potential majors to explore. Additionally, students will be introduced to web resources to help them explore these potential majors.

This workshop dates remaining this semester---September 27, October 2, 10, 16, 25 and November 1 & 6.

 

** Each workshop is one hour in length.  Pre-registration is strongly encouraged via the CareerCenter website (http://www.careercenter.uiuc.edu/services/workshops/wsmain.asp).

 

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* The fall intercollegiate transfer process for the CollegeofBusiness has begun. The application will be available until September 21st and decisions will be emailed by 5pm on October 19th. This process is for students who entered the University prior to the fall of 2007 and have 60 hours completed or in progress during the semester of application. The course requirements for this group are as follows:

 

 *   Econ 102, Econ 103

 *   CS 105

 *   Econ 202, Econ 203*

 *   Accy 201, Accy 202* (must be taken at the same place)

 *   Math requirement. Choose one of the following options:

1) Math 234 and 125

2) Math 220 (or 221) and Math 125*

3) Math 220 (or 221) and Math 231

 

* Accy 202, Econ 203, and Math 125 can be in-progress during the semester of application

 

The next application for this group will be  February 5, 2008 - February 23, 2008  for entry into the Fall 2008 Semester.

 

Please remember that starting this year the process is different for students entering the university fall 2007 or later. These students will ONLY be able to apply at the end of their freshman year (May 7-June 1, 2008). Students must have finished all requirements before applying. 

Course Requirements:

  •          Econ 102, Econ 103
  •          CS 105
  •          Math requirement. Choose one of the following options:

1) Math 234 and 125

2) Math 220 (or 221) and Math 125

3) Math 220 (or 221) and Math 231

 

Informational sessions for all ICT applicants will be held on (locations TBD):

Tuesday, October 23 at 10:30

Wednesday, October 24 at 2:00

Wednesday, January 16, 3:00

Tuesday, January 22, 3:00

Thursday, January 24, 10:00

 

The application and additional information for all ICT applicants are available at:

 

http://www.business.uiuc.edu/undergrad/prospective_students/inter_college.html

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* Call for students to serve on departmental committees: 

The CS Department is accepting applications for students to serve on departmental committees – one student for the Undergraduate Studies Committee and one student for the Student Grievances, Petitions and Capricious Grading Committee.  Seniors or juniors preferred.  Interested students should submit a one-two paragraph statement of why you are well qualified to serve on the committee in question to Steve Herzog (smherzog@uiuc.edu). 

The Undergraduate Studies Committee considers course and curricula matters, policies and procedures pertaining to the department's three degree programs (CS in Engineering, Math & CS in LAS, Stats & CS in LAS).  It meets approximately twice per month, sometimes less frequently depending upon how many items the committee has on its agenda.

The Student Grievances, Petitions and Capricious "...handles appeals on grading decisions on grounds of capricious grading. The committee is elected and may not include officers that normally handle student petitions (Director of Undergraduate Programs and Coordinator of Graduate Education and Advisement). It has to follow up the procedures set forth in the campus' academic policies and regulations §3-107."  The committee meets only when a case arises – something that has not happened for several years – but the department sets up a committee to handle such cases every year.

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* Registration hold on all College of Engineering students, Thursday, September 6 – Friday, October 12

After the "Add Deadline" each semester the CollegeofEngineering places a hold on all undergraduate student accounts that prevents students from changing their schedule.  They do this because there is a CollegeofEngineering policy that requires Dean's approval (or in some cases your Home Department approval) for dropping certain restricted courses.

After Wednesday, September 05, 2007, you will need a dean's signature to drop any of your core Engineering requirements (MATH 115, 220, 221, 231, 241, 385; CHEM 102, 103; PHYS 211, 212, 213, 214].  You will need departmental approval to drop CS 100, CS 125, CS 173, CS 225.  You won't need a signature to drop any other class, but you will need to go through a web portal to do so.  Here is the text of the email you received recently with specific instructions:

Engineering Students:
 
If you want to change your schedule in any way between September 6th and October 12th, you MUST read this e-mail thoroughly to find out how to do it.

As of September 6th, all Undergrad Engineering students will have an Advising Hold placed on their accounts.  We place these holds each semester after the "Add Deadline" in order to prevent you from dropping certain restricted courses, due to a College of Engineering policy that requires Dean's approval (or in some cases your Home Department approval) for these course changes.

Between September 6th and October 12th you will need to go to the following web portal to do all schedule changes while this hold is in effect, which includes adding, dropping, changing sections, or changing credit hours for a course.
 
   URL: https://engineering.uiuc.edu/request_course_change/
 
All schedule change requests that are not restricted will be processed within a few days of your request.  If you want to see if your request has been processed yet, you can visit Banner...it will have your most up to date schedule.

If your request is a restricted one, such as dropping a required course, adding a course late, or going under 12 hours, these are not allowed without approval(s).  If you have one of these, you will need to do the following...after you submit the request, the web site will prepare a form that you will need to PRINT OUT.  You will then need to get approval on that form from either your Home Department and/or an Engineering Dean (the form will tell you which approval(s) you need to obtain).
 
DO NOT FORGET to print out the form for restricted requests BEFORE you continue on!  You will not be able to go back later to print it out.  Follow all instructions given on the form and turn it into 206 Engineering Hall for processing.
 
Finally, we ask you not to turn in a request that you are unsure of.  These cannot be undone easily.  Also, do not turn in the same request more than once.
 
If you have any questions about the policy or the web portal, please contact Engineering Academic Affairs (engrap@uiuc.edu or 333-2280).        

 

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* A special note about CS 100 for new freshmen:  If you're a new freshman enrolled in CS 100 and you're wondering why the course doesn't appear on their schedule for the week on UI Integrate, here's the explanation:  CS 100 doesn't begin until Tuesday, October 2nd.  A week or so before the class begins, we'll be sure to send a reminder to everyone enrolled

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SCHOLARSHIPS, RESEARCH, CONFERENCES AND OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

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* NSEP Scholarship Session
 
The University of Illinois will be hosting an information session on National Security Education Program (NSEP) undergraduate study abroad scholarships on Wednesday, October 3 at 4:00 in room 101, InternationalStudiesBuilding. Ja'net Carter, the Program Manager for NSEP, will be providing participants with information about the program and tips on filling out competitive applications. The campus application deadline is January 17, 2008 for any study between May 2008 and May 2009 (all students are eligible for semester or year-long programs while some students may be eligible for summer intensive language programs as well). Students are encouraged to begin writing application drafts this fall.
 
The National Security Education Program (NSEP) provides study abroad scholarships of $6,000-$20,000 for a full academic year, $4,000-$10,000 for a semester, or $2,500-$8,000 for a summer session of at least 6 weeks. Scholarships may be used for U.S. citizens to study in Asia, Africa, Central & Eastern Europe, Latin America, or the Middle East on almost any study abroad program. These are merit-based scholarships (approximately 1 in 5 eligible applicants received awards for study abroad in 2006-07, including seven University of Illinois students – the second most in the country!). In order to receive the scholarship, award winners must enter into a service agreement requiring that they attempt to work in a paid position for the federal government in either the Departments of State, Defense, Homeland Security, or the Intelligence Community within three years of graduation (deferrals possible/encouraged for graduate study). Winners also receive priority-hiring status. Further information is available at: http://www.ips.uiuc.edu/scholarship/NSEPprocess.shtml
 
Please direct questions to David Schug in Room 321,InternationalStudiesBuilding, 244-0254 or by email at dschug@uiuc.edu

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* Important info about the Tapia Celebration! October 14-17, 2007

StudentsIf you have minority students you work with who would like to attend but who have no travel support, we will try to secure some assistance for them. Please have them register ASAP at https://my.rice.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1178907169932 , where they can indicate their interest in attending.

 

Conference RegistrationIf you have not yet registered for the conference itself, today is the last day for the Early Bird discount.  Registration information is available at http://www.richardtapia.org/2007/travel.php

 

Hotel ReservationsI have heard from some of you that you have had difficulty making hotel reservations for the Tapia Celebration.  There is a new means to make a reservation, provided at the conference Website, http://www.richardtapia.org/2007/travel.php, as follows:

Hotel
Hilton Walt Disney World Resort Hotel
Phone: (407) 827-4000
The negotiated hotel room rate is $169+tax/night.

To register, call the hotel at (407) 827-4000.

Use the Group/Convention Code: "Grace Hopper - Richard Tapia" to receive the negotiated rate, which should also be available as early as three days before and as late as three days after the conference dates.

The Tapia Conference is aimed at providing a supportive networking environment for under-represented groups across the broad range of computing and information technology, from science to business to the arts to infrastructure.

The 2007 Conference will include several successful aspects of past events, such as:

  • A robust technical program, which includes papers, workshops, panels, and birds-of-a-feather sessions.
  • Invited plenary talks that feature the voices of our community who have excelled across different benchmarks and will discuss how they have organized their scientific and non-scientific ideas to find their niche and become successful.
  • A dynamic poster session, focused on students, providing a place to present new, exciting research in a relatively informal, supportive setting. Winners of the poster competition will be eligible for ACM's Student Research Competition Grand Finals.
  • The Doctorial Consortium, a full-day sounding board to guide and encourage students working on their Ph.D.s.
  • Several opportunities to network, including the posters reception, breaks, and the gala awards banquet.

FYI:

This October 14-17, 2007 more than 400 students, professors, and researchers will gather at the Disney Hilton in Orlando,Florida for the fourth Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference. Held every two years, the Tapia Conference provides a welcoming and supportive setting for all participants and particularly for students and faculty from under-represented groups. For more info, visit http://www.richardtapia.org/2007/

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* The American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois (ACEC-Illinois) is currently accepting applications for its Annual Scholarship Awards Program.  Eligible candidates must be:* U.S. citizens

  • currently enrolled in an ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering & Technology) accredited engineering program in Illinois
  • pursuing a Bachelor's, Master's, or PhD degree
  • entering their Junior, Senior, Fifth,  Master's or Graduate year in the Fall of 2008.  

Scholarship award winners will be selected by a committee of ACEC-Illinois Member Firm Principals and based on academic excellence, recommendations and an essay addressing the topic "What is the role or responsibility of the consulting engineer or land surveyor relative to shaping and protecting the natural environment?"  Scholarships are awarded in June 2008.

Last year, ACEC-Illinois awarded $23,500 to 14 students at the state level.  The top applicant received a $4,000 scholarship and thirteen students each received a $1,500 "Named" Scholarship sponsored by ACEC-Illinois Member Firms. In addition, each year the top applicant is forwarded to the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) for the National Scholarship program, where they compete for additional Scholarship Awards.

Information and applications are available online at: www.acec-il.org/scholarship.cfm.

The application deadline is December 14, 2007. The American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois is a statewide association of independent engineering firms which represents the business and professional interests of over 230 member firms, which together employ over 10,000 engineers, architects, technicians and support personnel. ACEC-Illinois is a member organization of the American Council of Engineering Companies, a federation of state and regional councils which represent the interests of more than 5,000 private-practice engineering firms.

For more information on the ACEC-Illinois scholarship program or ACEC-Illinois contact:

Gaye Kick

(217) 529-7430

acecgaye@acec-il.org

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* Call for Participation in a NEW research-focused conference

for undergraduate women in CS to be held at Carnegie Mellon University *(Pittsburgh,PA), Oct. 5-7, 2007*

 

OurCS: Opportunities for Undergraduate Research In Computer Science

http://www.cs.cmu.edu/ourcs/

Kindly Sponsored by Microsoft Research

 

We are pleased to announce that Frances Allen, 2006 Turing Award Winner will be our Distinguished Speaker.

Other Keynote speakers include

-Jennifer Chayes, Co-founder and Co-manager, Microsoft Theory Group

and Research Area Manager at Microsoft Research.and

-Jeannette Wing, Presidents' Professor of Computer Science, Carnegie

Mellon,

and Assistant Director of CISE, National Science Foundation.

 

The conference will give undergraduate women opportunities to:

 

--Meet others who share their curiosity and interest in computer science

--Discuss their research

--Tackle research problems with leaders from industry and academia

--Learn about life in graduate school

--Present a talk and/or poster:  great for first-timers!

 

Check out the website for details: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/ourcs/

 

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CAREER INFO:  JOBS, INTERNSHIPS, CORPORATE EVENTS, CONTESTS AND OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

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* Thursday, October 4, Microsoft invites you to its TechFest.  Microsoft's Tech Fest.

Come let your geek out at Microsoft's TechFest!

Thursday, October 4th 2pm-5pm @ Siebel Center 1st Floor Atrium

Meet teams, play with our demos, ask questions and get your tech on!

 

Microsoft proudly presents TechFest  at UIUC.  There are over 300 different teams working on cool, innovative technology at Microsoft---come check out what  a few of these teams get to work on every day!  Take advantage of this great opportunity to meet Microsoft software engineers who bring these products and technologies to the world.  Free food and prizes including an Xbox 360!

 

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 Thursday, October 4, State Farm Research Center will have an open house for the University of Illinois community, at their Research Park location, 2001 S. First St., Suite102, 5-7 pm. Visit the ResearchCenter, and the new Center for Consumer Feedback, meet staff, and learn about current projects interns are pursuing. 

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Friday, October 5, Yahoo! launches its Hack Days! at 4:30 pm in SiebelCenter 0224 and invites you to join them for a "festival of hacking, music and good times." To get your hack on, Yahoo! gives you "all the tools you'll need from the YU! Library along with talks by the web gurus themselves plus all the food, drinks and fun you can handle." For more information, please see http://www.acm.uiuc.edu/conference/2007/yahoohack and http://developer.yahoo.com/hacku ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Thursday, October 18, Cisco, a generous scholarship supporter, of our Women in Computer Science is here for information sessions and interviews. Event: Interviews for: CS, Sales and CDO

Date: October 18, 2007

Location: Digital Computing Laboratory (DCL)

 

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LECTURES, SYMPOSIA, ETC.

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Compiler Seminar

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

4pm, 4405 SiebelCenter

 

John Criswell

"Secure Virtual Architecture: A Safe Execution Environment for Commodity Operating Systems"

In this talk, I will present our work on providing a safe execution environment for an entire operating system, such as Linux, and all its applications.  Our approach, which we call Secure Virtual Architecture (SVA), defines a virtual, low-level, typed instruction set suitable for executing all code on a system, including kernel and application code.

SVA code is translated for execution by a virtual machine transparently, offline or online.  SVA aims to enforce fine-grained (object level) memory safety, control-flow integrity, type safety for a subset of objects, and sound analysis.  A virtual machine implementing SVA achieves these goals by using a novel approach that exploits properties of existing memory pools in the kernel and by preserving the kernel's explicit control over memory, including custom allocators and explicit deallocation.  Furthermore, the safety properties can be encoded compactly as extensions to the SVA type system, allowing the (complex) safety checking compiler to be outside the trusted computing base.  SVA also defines a set of OS interface operations that abstract all privileged hardware instructions, allowing the virtual machine to monitor all privileged operations and control the physical resources on a given hardware platform. We have ported the Linux kernel to SVA, treating it as a new architecture, and made only minimal code changes (less than 300 lines of code) to the machine-independent parts of the kernel and device drivers.  SVA is able to prevent 4 out of 5 memory safety exploits previously reported for the Linux 2.4.22 kernel for which exploit code is available, and would prevent the fifth one simply by compiling an additional kernel library.

 

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* Computer Science Distinguished Lectureship Series

Architecture-aware analysis of concurrent software

Rajeev Alur

Department of Computer and Information Science

UniversityofPennsylvania

October 15 (Monday), 2007 at 4:00 p.m.

1404 SiebelCenter for Computer Science

 

Our ability to effectively harness the computational power of multi-processor and multi-core

architectures is predicated upon advances in programming languages and tools for developing concurrent software. Recent years have seen intensive research in methods  for verifying concurrent software resulting in powerful tools for finding concurrency-related bugs.  Almost all of such tools are based on the assumption that the instructions of the same thread are executed according to the program order. This model is called the interleaving model in the verification

community, and the sequential consistency model in the computer architecture literature. While this is a commonly accepted language-level memory model, modern multi-processors relax sequential consistency in different ways for performance reasons resulting in weaker models.  The goal of our research is to develop tools for analyzing system-level concurrent software along with such details of the underlying architecture. A first step in our research has resulted in a tool called CheckFence. CheckFence analyzes C code for concurrent data types with respect to an

axiomatic specification of a  memory model. Using a satisfiability solver, for a given client test program, CheckFence searches for discrepancy between operation-level sequential consistency semantics for the data type and concurrent executions feasible  with respect to the specified model. We have analyzed a number of benchmarks successfully using CheckFence. Our analysis has revealed a number of potential bugs, and the memory ordering fences needed to fix the bugs.

We conclude by discussing research opportunities and challenges for analysis tools that can bridge the gap between the programmers' desire for simplicity of concurrency abstractions and architects'  ability to expose hardware parallelism.

This talk is based on joint work with Sebastian Burckhardt (Microsoft Research) and Milo Martin (Penn).

Bio:   Rajeev Alur is Zisman Family Professor and Graduate Group Chair in the Department of Computer and Information Science at UniversityofPennsylvania. He obtained his bachelor's degree in computer science from Indian Institute of Technology at Kanpur in 1987, and PhD in computer science from StanfordUniversity in 1991. Before joining Penn in 1997, he was with ComputingScienceResearchCenter in Bell Laboratories. His areas of research include formal modeling and analysis of reactive systems, hybrid systems, model checking, software verification, logics and automata, and design automation for embedded software. His awards include President of India's Gold Medal for academic excellence (1987), US National Science Foundation's CAREER (1997) and ITR (2001) awards, Alfred P. Sloan Faculty Fellowship (1999), and designation as a highly cited scientist by the Institute for Scientific Information (2005). Prof. Alur has (co)chaired scientific meetings such as CAV (Intl Conf on Computer-Aided Verification), EMSOFT (ACM Symp on Embedded Software), HSCC (Intl Conf on Hybrid Systems: Computation and Control), and LICS (IEEE Symp on Logic in Computer Science), and served as the chair of ACM SIGBED (Special Interest Group on Embedded Systems).

Reception after the talk in the 2nd Floor Atrium of Siebel Center

September 24th Newsletter

To:  All CS Undergraduates        

From:  the CS Academic Office

CS Undergraduate Newsletter

September 24, 2007

Advising and Course Information* The fall intercollegiate transfer process for the CollegeofBusiness has begun. The application will be available until September 21st and decisions will be emailed by 5pm on October 19th. This process is for students who entered the University prior to the fall of 2007 and have 60 hours completed or in progress during the semester of application.

 * Advising in the Academic Office

 * REGISTRATION HOLD ON ALLCOLLEGE OF ENGINEERING STUDENTS, Thursday, September 6 - Friday, October 12

 * A special note about CS 100 for new freshmen

 Jobs, Internships, Contests and other opportunities

 * Discover Endeca,* our newest corporate affiliate, Monday 9/24, 5:30 pm in Siebel 2405 as they launch their recruiting efforts at Illinois with an information session, live product demos, and technical discussions (plus Papa Del's on the side). Meet Endeca technologists and recruiters, who will return October 12 to conduct interviews. http://www.uiuc.edu/goto/Endeca and www.endeca.com

 * Health and Graduate School Fair October 1, 2007 - Monday, October 1, 2007,11:00 AM - 3:00 PM - Illini Union, Rooms A, B, & C, and South Lounge.  This event offers a wonderful opportunity for all students, regardless of major or year in school, to meet with admissions representatives from various graduate, health, and professional school programs! 

*  NSEP Scholarship Session -- The University of Illinois will be hosting an information session on National Security Education Program (NSEP) undergraduate study abroad scholarships on Wednesday, October 3 at 4:00 in room 101, InternationalStudiesBuilding. Ja'net Carter, the Program Manager for NSEP, will be providing participants with information about the program and tips on filling out competitive applications.

* IllinoisCenter for Wireless Systems (ICWS) at UIUC invites applications for undergraduate research support during 2007-2008 academic year. Students from engineering departments with research interests in wireless and mobile systems (including applications, networking protocols, communications, antennas, hardware, etc.) are encouraged to apply.

*Six scholarships awarded to Dept. of CS for Female Students - Urgent!

The Grace Hopper Conferenceis a huge event that highlights the research and career interests of women in computing in order to promote and encourage the presence and activity of other women in that field. The conference contains a multitude of speakers who are specialists in a variety of industries and research areas and on the role of women in technology fields such as computer science.
Date: October 17, 2007 to October 19, 2007 -- Location: Orlando,FL
  

* Important info about the Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference, October 14-17, 2007 in the Disney Hilton, Orlando,Florida 

* College of LAS Career Information Night, Tuesday September 25, 2007 in the Illini Union, Rooms A,B and C and the South Lounge

* Call for students to serve on departmental committees (juniors and seniors)

* Call for Participation in a NEW research-focused conference for undergraduate women in CS to be held at Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh,PA), Oct. 5-7, 2007

* The American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois (ACEC-Illinois) is currently accepting applications for its Annual Scholarship Awards Program.  Information and applications are available online at: www.acec-il.org/scholarship.cfm. The application deadline is December 14, 2007.

* Check out Freecomputerbooks.com

Lectures, Symposia, etc.

*  *R&D to Deliver Practical Results: Extending Moore's Law - Special Lecture Event 9/27/07 at 2 p.m. in room 1000 MNTL--* ECE alumnus and Intel senior vice president William M. Holt. 

* Compiler Seminar Wednesday, September 26, 2007 4pm, 4405 SiebelCenter

Eleftherios Polychronopoulos, Dept. of Computer Engineering and Informatics University of Patras,Greece, "On Applying Shared and Distributed Computing Principles to Internet Connected Systems"

*  Computer Science Colloquium

Towards A Theory of Automated Software Development

Don Batory

Department of Computer Sciences - University of Texas at Austin

October 1 (Monday), 2007 at 4:00 p.m.- 1404 Siebel Center for Computer Science

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ADVISING AND COURSE INFORMATION

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* The fall intercollegiate transfer process for the CollegeofBusiness has begun. The application will be available until September 21st and decisions will be emailed by 5pm on October 19th. This process is for students who entered the University prior to the fall of 2007 and have 60 hours completed or in progress during the semester of application. The course requirements for this group are as follows:

 *   Econ 102, Econ 103

 *   CS 105

 *   Econ 202, Econ 203*

 *   Accy 201, Accy 202* (must be taken at the same place)

 *   Math requirement. Choose one of the following options:

1) Math 234 and 125

2) Math 220 (or 221) and Math 125*

3) Math 220 (or 221) and Math 231

* Accy 202, Econ 203, and Math 125 can be in-progress during the semester of application

The next application for this group will be  February 5, 2008 - February 23, 2008  for entry into the Fall 2008 Semester.

Please remember that starting this year the process is different for students entering the university fall 2007 or later. These students will ONLY be able to apply at the end of their freshman year (May 7-June 1, 2008). Students must have finished all requirements before applying. 

Course Requirements:

-          Econ 102, Econ 103

-          CS 105

-          Math requirement. Choose one of the following options:

1) Math 234 and 125

2) Math 220 (or 221) and Math 125

3) Math 220 (or 221) and Math 231

Informational sessions for all ICT applicants will be held on (locations TBD):

Tuesday, October 23 at 10:30

Wednesday, October 24 at 2:00

Wednesday, January 16, 3:00

Tuesday, January 22, 3:00

Thursday, January 24, 10:00

The application and additional information for all ICT applicants are available at:

http://www.business.uiuc.edu/undergrad/prospective_students/inter_college.html

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* Advising in the Academic Office

The staff in the CS Academic Office -- the advising office for all CS, Math & CS, and Statistics & CS majors -- is here to answer questions about degree requirements, policies and procedures and just about any other issue pertaining to your academics here at UIUC.  Office hours are 8:00 to 11:45 am mornings and 1:00 to 4:45 afternoons, M-F.  On rare occasions, the office may shut down for meetings or other events, but we usually limit these to an hour at most during low-traffic times.  You can also ask advising questions by emailing Steve Herzog, the full-time CS advisor, at smherzog@uiuc.edu.  To find out more about the academic office and the CS advising resources, visit the CS website's undergraduate advising wiki at https://agora.cs.uiuc.edu/display/undergradProg/CS+Department+Advising.

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* Call for students to serve on departmental committees: 

The CS Department is accepting applications for students to serve on departmental committees - one student for the Undergraduate Studies Committee and one student for the Student Grievances, Petitions and Capricious Grading Committee.  Seniors or juniors preferred.  Interested students should submit a one-two paragraph statement of why you are well qualified to serve on the committee in question to Steve Herzog (smherzog@uiuc.edu). 

The Undergraduate Studies Committee considers course and curricula matters, policies and procedures pertaining to the department's three degree programs (CS in Engineering, Math & CS in LAS, Stats & CS in LAS).  It meets approximately twice per month, sometimes less frequently depending upon how many items the committee has on its agenda.

The Student Grievances, Petitions and Capricious "...handles appeals on grading decisions on grounds of capricious grading. The committee is elected and may not include officers that normally handle student petitions (Director of Undergraduate Programs and Coordinator of Graduate Education and Advisement). It has to follow up the procedures set forth in the campus' academic policies and regulations §3-107."  The committee meets only when a case arises - something that has not happened for several years - but the department sets up a committee to handle such cases every year.

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* Registration hold on all CollegeofEngineering students, Thursday, September 6 - Friday, October 12

After the "Add Deadline" each semester the CollegeofEngineering places a hold on all undergraduate student accounts that prevents students from changing their schedule.  They do this because there is a CollegeofEngineering policy that requires Dean's approval (or in some cases your Home Department approval) for dropping certain restricted courses.

After Wednesday, September 05, 2007, you will need a dean's signature to drop any of your core Engineering requirements (MATH 115, 220, 221, 231, 241, 385; CHEM 102, 103; PHYS 211, 212, 213, 214].  You will need departmental approval to drop CS 100, CS 125, CS 173, CS 225.  You won't need a signature to drop any other class, but you will need to go through a web portal to do so.  Here is the text of the email you received recently with specific instructions:

Engineering Students:
 
If you want to change your schedule in any way between September 6th and October 12th, you MUST read this e-mail thoroughly to find out how to do it.

As of September 6th, all Undergrad Engineering students will have an Advising Hold placed on their accounts.  We place these holds each semester after the "Add Deadline" in order to prevent you from dropping certain restricted courses, due to a College of Engineering policy that requires Dean's approval (or in some cases your Home Department approval) for these course changes.

Between September 6th and October 12th you will need to go to the following web portal to do all schedule changes while this hold is in effect, which includes adding, dropping, changing sections, or changing credit hours for a course.
 
   URL: https://engineering.uiuc.edu/request_course_change/
 
All schedule change requests that are not restricted will be processed within a few days of your request.  If you want to see if your request has been processed yet, you can visit Banner...it will have your most up to date schedule.

If your request is a restricted one, such as dropping a required course, adding a course late, or going under 12 hours, these are not allowed without approval(s).  If you have one of these, you will need to do the following...after you submit the request, the web site will prepare a form that you will need to PRINT OUT.  You will then need to get approval on that form from either your Home Department and/or an Engineering Dean (the form will tell you which approval(s) you need to obtain).
 
DO NOT FORGET to print out the form for restricted requests BEFORE you continue on!  You will not be able to go back later to print it out.  Follow all instructions given on the form and turn it into 206 Engineering Hall for processing.
 
Finally, we ask you not to turn in a request that you are unsure of.  These cannot be undone easily.  Also, do not turn in the same request more than once.
 
If you have any questions about the policy or the web portal, please contact Engineering Academic Affairs (engrap@uiuc.edu or 333-2280).        

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* A special note about CS 100 for new freshmen:  If you're a new freshman enrolled in CS 100 and you're wondering why the course doesn't appear on their schedule for the week on UI Integrate, here's the explanation:  +CS 100 doesn't begin until Tuesday, October 2nd+.  A week or so before the class begins, we'll be sure to send a reminder to everyone enrolled

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JOBS, INTERNSHIPS, CONTESTS AND OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

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* Discover Endeca,* our newest corporate affiliate, Monday 9/24, 5:30 pm in Siebel 2405. as they launch their recruiting efforts at Illinois with an information session, live product demos, and technical discussions (plus PapaDel*'s on the side). Meet Endeca technologists and recruiters, who will return October 12 to conduct interviews.* http://www.uiuc.edu/goto/Endeca and www.endeca.com

Come hear about a company which serves over 300 customers, including 20% of the Fortune 100, with its customized search engines and other services.  Endeca's search software "helps employees quickly and easily search corporate intranets, assists law enforcement agencies in their hunt for bad guys, and powers online shopping sites like walmart.com." (CNNMoney.com, September 21, 2006)

Endeca, expected to do about $100 million in revenue this year, boasts over 100% growth each year in 2002-06. It has a host of many blue-chip clients in its stable: IBM, walmart.com, HarvardUniversity, and John Deere. IBM Global Business Services use Endeca's software to provide consultants around the world  with real-time analysis of project metrics and data; engineers at Deere use Endeca to access data concerning dozens of product lines; Harvard uses Endeca technologies to analyze alumni giving campaigns.

*Endeca - from the German word entdecken, to discover

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* Health and GraduateSchool Fair October 1, 2007

What:               Health & GraduateSchool Fair 2007 

When:              Monday, October 1, 2007                        11 AM - 3 PM

Where:             Illini Union, Rooms A, B, & C, and South Lounge 

The CareerCenter is proud to announce the Health and Graduate School Fair 2007.  This event offers a wonderful opportunity for all students, regardless of major or year in school, to meet with admissions representatives from various graduate, health, and professional school programs!

This year we will include representatives from graduate programs in social sciences, humanities, business, engineering, and physical & life sciences. Representatives will also be there for all types of health professional programs such as medical, pharmacy, dental, physical therapy, optometry, chiropractic, nursing, podiatry, and public health schools.

All Students Welcome!

No Registration Required!

Casual Atmosphere!

More information is available at The Career Center or by visiting:

http://www.careercenter.uiuc.edu/hgfair2007/

(A list of schools scheduled to attend can also be found on the website.)

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NSEP Scholarship Session
 
The University of Illinois will be hosting an information session on National Security Education Program (NSEP) undergraduate study abroad scholarships on Wednesday, October 3 at 4:00 in room 101, InternationalStudiesBuilding. Ja'net Carter, the Program Manager for NSEP, will be providing participants with information about the program and tips on filling out competitive applications. The campus application deadline is January 17, 2008 for any study between May 2008 and May 2009 (all students are eligible for semester or year-long programs while some students may be eligible for summer intensive language programs as well). Students are encouraged to begin writing application drafts this fall.
 
The National Security Education Program (NSEP) provides study abroad scholarships of $6,000-$20,000 for a full academic year, $4,000-$10,000 for a semester, or $2,500-$8,000 for a summer session of at least 6 weeks. Scholarships may be used for U.S. citizens to study in Asia, Africa, Central & Eastern Europe, Latin America, or the Middle East on almost any study abroad program. These are merit-based scholarships (approximately 1 in 5 eligible applicants received awards for study abroad in 2006-07, including seven University of Illinois students - the second most in the country!). In order to receive the scholarship, award winners must enter into a service agreement requiring that they attempt to work in a paid position for the federal government in either the Departments of State, Defense, Homeland Security, or the Intelligence Community within three years of graduation (deferrals possible/encouraged for graduate study). Winners also receive priority-hiring status. Further information is available at: http://www.ips.uiuc.edu/scholarship/NSEPprocess.shtml
 
Please direct questions to David Schug in Room 321,InternationalStudiesBuilding, 244-0254 or by email at dschug@uiuc.edu

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IllinoisCenter for Wireless Systems

Undergraduate Research Support

http://www.icws.uiuc.edu

IllinoisCenter for Wireless Systems (ICWS) at UIUC invites applications for undergraduate research support during 2007-2008 academic year.

Students from engineering departments with research interests in wireless and mobile systems (including applications, networking protocols, communications, antennas, hardware, etc.) are encouraged to apply.

Funding: Each selected undergraduate student will be provided with support for up to 160 hours of work, at the rate of approximately $12/hour. The work will have to be supervised by a UIUC faculty member, who will also have to approve the time-sheets for the work performed. The applicant may want to inform the faculty member that

ICWS will also make available to the faculty additional $500 to cover costs associated with the project, if requested.

Eligibility: Candidates must be JUNIOR or SENIOR undergraduate students enrolled in good standing at the UniversityofIllinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Criteria: Applicants will be judged on their record of academic achievement and on their demonstrated and proposed commitment to research in the field of wireless communications. Prior to submitting the application, each candidate is required to find a faculty member in the CollegeofEngineering with interests in wireless systems to supervise their research.

Submission due date for 2007-2008:

The applications will be reviewed periodically.

For full consideration, please submit your application by September 30, 2007.

Application Requirements:

Application materials should be submitted to Barbara Horner<bhorner@uiuc.edu>.

The following items should be submitted by the STUDENT as PDF files:

* Resume (up to 2 pages)

* 1 page research proposal (prepared in consultation with faculty

    research supervisor)

* Transcript

In addition, a brief reference letter from the faculty research supervisor is required. This letter should be sent DIRECTLY by the faculty member by e-mail as a PDF or plain-text attachment to Barbara Horner bhorner@uiuc.edu.

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*Six scholarships awarded to Dept. of CS for Female Students - Urgent!!!

The Grace Hopper Conferenceis a huge event that highlights the research and career interests of women in computing in order to promote and encourage the presence and activity of other women in that field. The conference contains a multitude of speakers who are specialists in a variety of industries and research areas and on the role of women in technology fields such as computer science.

Date: October 17, 2007 to October 19, 2007
Location: Orlando,FL 

I am happy to announce that registration is now open for the 2007 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference.  As a Gold level Academic Underwriter, UniversityofIllinois at Urbana-Champaign gets 6 scholarships.  Each scholarship includes admission into the entire GHC conference, the Awards Banquet dinner, hotel accommodations for the nights of October 17, 18, 19, 2007 and reimbursement of up to $400.00 for travel expenses.  

NOTE: You will have to pay upfront for flight & food and then you will be reimbursed!!!! If interested, try to find the most inexpensive flight.
 
I will prefer that the 6 people meet with me to go over registration tasks!!! Once we have identified the 6 recipients, we will discuss everything in regards to the Conference. I need to know who is interested by Wednesday, September 26, 2007 - 9a. - No exceptions. You will have to make your own flight arrangements. Hotel arrangements will be handled during/after registration by the Provost Office or Sonya Harris.

The latest conference information can be found at www.gracehopper.org <http://www.gracehopper.org> .

For more information, contact:Sonya HarrisLharris2@uiuc.edu

244.4493

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* Important info about the Tapia Celebration! October 14-17, 2007

StudentsIf you have minority students you work with who would like to attend but who have no travel support, we will try to secure some assistance for them. Please have them register ASAP at https://my.rice.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1178907169932 , where they can indicate their interest in attending.

Conference RegistrationIf you have not yet registered for the conference itself, today is the last day for the Early Bird discount.  Registration information is available at http://www.richardtapia.org/2007/travel.php

Hotel ReservationsI have heard from some of you that you have had difficulty making hotel reservations for the Tapia Celebration.  There is a new means to make a reservation, provided at the conference Website, http://www.richardtapia.org/2007/travel.php, as follows:

Hotel
Hilton Walt Disney World Resort Hotel
Phone: (407) 827-4000
The negotiated hotel room rate is $169+tax/night.

To register, call the hotel at (407) 827-4000.

Use the Group/Convention Code: "Grace Hopper - Richard Tapia" to receive the negotiated rate, which should also be available as early as three days before and as late as three days after the conference dates.

The Tapia Conference is aimed at providing a supportive networking environment for under-represented groups across the broad range of computing and information technology, from science to business to the arts to infrastructure.

The 2007 Conference will include several successful aspects of past events, such as:

  • A robust technical program, which includes papers, workshops, panels, and birds-of-a-feather sessions.
  • Invited plenary talks that feature the voices of our community who have excelled across different benchmarks and will discuss how they have organized their scientific and non-scientific ideas to find their niche and become successful.
  • A dynamic poster session, focused on students, providing a place to present new, exciting research in a relatively informal, supportive setting. Winners of the poster competition will be eligible for ACM's Student Research Competition Grand Finals.
  • The Doctorial Consortium, a full-day sounding board to guide and encourage students working on their Ph.D.s.
  • Several opportunities to network, including the posters reception, breaks, and the gala awards banquet.

FYI:

This October 14-17, 2007 more than 400 students, professors, and researchers will gather at the Disney Hilton in Orlando,Florida for the fourth Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference. Held every two years, the Tapia Conference provides a welcoming and supportive setting for all participants and particularly for students and faculty from under-represented groups. For more info, visit http://www.richardtapia.org/2007/

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* CollegeofLAS Career Information Night, Tuesday September 25, 2007 in the Illini Union, Rooms A,B and C and the South Lounge

The CollegeofLiberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) Alumni Association will host its 11th Career Information Night on Tuesday, September 25, 2007, in conjunction with the LAS Office of Student Academic Affairs, LAS Council, and LAS Leaders. The event will be held from 6:15 to 8:30 p.m. in Rooms A, B, C, and South Lounge of the Illini Union. This year the South Lounge will highlight a cluster of four tables (Division of General Studies, LAS Alumni Association, UniversityofIllinois Alumni Association, and University of Illinois Career Center) under the banner of "Career Resources to Help Build Your Future."

From 4:00-5:00 p.m., the University of Illinois Career Center will also host resume writing and critiquing workshops in Rooms 404 and 406 of the Illini Union.

LAS Career Information Night is an annual fall event for LAS undergraduates. As you know, one of the toughest decisions for LAS students is the identification of a career path. This evening offers LAS alumni an opportunity to return to campus, where they dialogue one-on-one with LAS students. Discussion topics may include: how and why they chose their career path, how they landed their first job, the advantages and disadvantages of their occupation, and the skills and academic preparation required for their career.

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* The American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois (ACEC-Illinois) is currently accepting applications for its Annual Scholarship Awards Program.  Eligible candidates must be:* U.S. citizens

  • currently enrolled in an ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering & Technology) accredited engineering program in Illinois
  • pursuing a Bachelor's, Master's, or PhD degree
  • entering their Junior, Senior, Fifth,  Master's or Graduate year in the Fall of 2008.  

Scholarship award winners will be selected by a committee of ACEC-Illinois Member Firm Principals and based on academic excellence, recommendations and an essay addressing the topic "What is the role or responsibility of the consulting engineer or land surveyor relative to shaping and protecting the natural environment?"  Scholarships are awarded in June 2008.

Last year, ACEC-Illinois awarded $23,500 to 14 students at the state level.  The top applicant received a $4,000 scholarship and thirteen students each received a $1,500 "Named" Scholarship sponsored by ACEC-Illinois Member Firms. In addition, each year the top applicant is forwarded to the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) for the National Scholarship program, where they compete for additional Scholarship Awards.

Information and applications are available online at: www.acec-il.org/scholarship.cfm.

The application deadline is December 14, 2007. The American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois is a statewide association of independent engineering firms which represents the business and professional interests of over 230 member firms, which together employ over 10,000 engineers, architects, technicians and support personnel. ACEC-Illinois is a member organization of the American Council of Engineering Companies, a federation of state and regional councils which represent the interests of more than 5,000 private-practice engineering firms.

For more information on the ACEC-Illinois scholarship program or ACEC-Illinois contact:

Gaye Kick

(217) 529-7430

acecgaye@acec-il.org

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* Call for Participation in a NEW research-focused conference

for undergraduate women in CS to be held at Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh,PA), Oct. 5-7, 2007

OurCS: Opportunities for Undergraduate Research In Computer Science

http://www.cs.cmu.edu/ourcs/

Kindly Sponsored by Microsoft Research

We are pleased to announce that Frances Allen, 2006 Turing Award Winner

will be our Distinguished Speaker.

Other Keynote speakers include

-Jennifer Chayes, Co-founder and Co-manager, Microsoft Theory Group

and Research Area Manager at Microsoft Research.and

-Jeannette Wing, Presidents' Professor of Computer Science, Carnegie

Mellon,

and Assistant Director of CISE, National Science Foundation.

The conference will give undergraduate women opportunities to:

--Meet others who share their curiosity and interest in computer science

--Discuss their research

--Tackle research problems with leaders from industry and academia

--Learn about life in graduate school

--Present a talk and/or poster:  great for first-timers!

Check out the website for details: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/ourcs/

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* Especially for Students interested in Human-Computer Interaction:  Join the CALLAS community (Conveying Affectiveness in Leading-edge Living Adaptive Systems) 

My name is Danny Lucchesi, a '03 grad from the U of I and I came across your department at UIUC as I was researching affective computing initiatives at the university. I'm working on behalf of a project called CALLAS here in Italy,  which I'd like to present to your department. The CALLAS (Conveying Affectiveness in Leading-edge Living Adaptive Systems) Integrated Project intends to develop affective interface technology which will be central to the new media experience such as: Digital

Theatre, Interactive TV, Augmented Reality Art, and Interactive public performances. We would like to extend an invitation to visit our project website (www.callas-newmedia.eu) and register as a member into the CALLAS community. We don't have any American community members yet, and as an alum I'd love to incorporate some members into our community from UIUC. I wanted to ask if it would be ok to send some CALLAS brochures that perhaps could be set out for some students or colleagues to take a look at.

CALLAS is co-financed by the European Union within the Sixth Framework

Programme for RTD - (Contract IST-034800) and has started on 1 November

2006.

CALLAS incorporates an open and collaborative network of professionals

and organisations around the world who will actively take part within

the project. This community will have access to CALLAS technologies and

have priority in the adoption of CALLAS solutions.

We would like to invite to you to visit our website and see what CALLAS

can offer. Membership to the community is free and provides users with

the opportunity to interact with a network working together to advance

the state of the art in multimodal affective applications.

Thanks and looking forward to hearing from you,

Danny Lucchesi

CALLAS Communications

Metaware SpA

Pisa,Italy 

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* Check out Freecomputerbooks.com

Have you heard FreeComputerBooks.com (http://freecomputerbooks.com/)?

It's a partner of our company, which offers free computer and IT books for anyone.

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LECTURES, SYMPOSIA, ETC.

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* Compiler Seminar, Wednesday, September 26, 2007 4pm, 4405 Siebel Center

Eleftherios Polychronopoulos

Dept. of Computer Engineering and Informatics University of Patras, Greece

"On Applying Shared and Distributed Computing Principles to Internet Connected Systems"

During the past twenty five years, research trends in parallel processing swung, back and forth, between the shared and distributed memory models. Several programming models where proposed and studied in order to address the programming complexity of these models and extract the maximum performance. In recent years, however, significant advances have been made in combining the best features of both shared and distributed memory models, resulting in powerful and effective programming tools and architectures. Such include hyperthreading, multicore microprocessors, blade servers where each blade is an independent shared memory system, clusters of SMPs, OpenMP, etc.

At the same time, access networks and the Internet have evolved to support bandwidths that 10 years ago where achievable only on system buses. These advances allow us to envision the possibility of parallel execution on Internet connected machines (the Grid community has been pursuing similar objectives). In this presentation we shall describe research efforts at the UniversityofPatras that focus on similar approaches to hardness the abundance of compute power available on the Internet. Specifically, we will discuss how we combined multithreading and software distributed shared memory (SDSM) principles to develop an efficient distributed shared memory environment for clusters of multiprocessor/multicore computers. Pleiad and Chariot are two such environments we have developed as part of our research, based on Java and C/C++ respectively. Extending our work with a transparent resource management system we aim at applying the same principles to dynamically formed clusters in the Internet.

We will also describe briefly other current research efforts at the HPCLab of the Computer Engineering & Informatics Dept. at the University of Patras.

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R&D to Deliver Practical Results: Extending Moore*'s Law - Special Lecture Event 9/27/07 at 2 p.m. in room 1000 MNTL

Please join the ECE department for a special lecture event with ECE alumnus and Intel senior vice president William M. Holt.  Holt's lecture "R&D to Deliver Practical Results: Extending Moore's Law" will discuss a research and development approach for the new realities in silicon process scaling.  The model he will discuss leverages university and consortium research along with a strong targeted internal research organization.  He will present ways that this model can address technology, material, process, device structure, packages, and system advances that are enabling the future.

A reception will follow the event in the Micro and Nanotechnology Lab.  All students and faculty are welcome.

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* COMPUTER SCIENCE COLLOQUIUM

  (and Graduate Seminar)

Towards A Theory of Automated Software Development

Don Batory

Department of Computer Sciences

University of Texas at Austin 

October 1 (Monday), 2007 at 4:00 p.m.

1404 SiebelCenter for Computer Science

Software engineers define structures called programs and use tools to manipulate, transform, and analyze them.  Historically, transforming structures and defining relationships between structures is the role of mathematics.  In this presentation, I review recent results in automated software design, testing, and maintenance, and explain how they are examples of fundamental concepts in mathematics.  Doing so outlines a general theory of automated software development.

Bio:

Don Batory holds the David Bruton Centennial Professorship in the Department of Computer Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin. He received a B.S. (1975) and M.Sc. (1977) degrees from Case Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. (1980) from the UniversityofToronto. He was a faculty member at the University of Florida in 1981 before he joined the UniversityofTexas in 1983. He was an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering (1999-2002), Associate Editor of ACM Transactions on Database Systems  (1986-1992), a member of the ACM Software Systems Award Committee (1989-1993; Committee Chairman in 1992), Program Co-Chair for the 2002 Generative Programming and Component Engineering Conference. He is the leading researcher on feature-oriented program development. Over the last ten years, he and his students have written 10 Award Papers for their work in automated and component-based program development.   He has given numerous tutorials on Feature Oriented Programming, and is an industry-consultant on product-line architectures.

Reception after the talk in the 2nd Floor Atrium of Siebel Center.

September 17th Newsletter

To:  All CS Undergraduates        
From:  the CS Academic Office
CS Undergraduate Newsletter
September 17, 2007


Advising and Course Information

* Advising in the Academic Office* REGISTRATION HOLD ON ALL COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING STUDENTS, Thursday, September 6 - Friday, October 12

* A special note about CS 100 for new freshmen

Jobs, Internships, Contests and other opportunities

* ZS Software Info session TODAY, Monday September 17, 2007 from 5-6:30 pm, 2405 Siebel Center

* State Farm Days at the Siebel Center, Tuesday September 18 and Wednesday, September 19th.  See below for full details.

* Health and Graduate School Fair October 1, 2007 - Monday, October 1, 2007,11:00 AM - 3:00 PM - Illini Union, Rooms A, B, & C, and South Lounge.  This event offers a wonderful opportunity for all students, regardless of major or year in school, to meet with admissions representatives from various graduate, health, and professional school programs!

*  NSEP Scholarship Session -- The University of Illinois will be hosting an information session on National Security Education Program (NSEP) undergraduate study abroad scholarships on Wednesday, October 3 at 4:00 in room 101, International Studies Building. Ja'net Carter, the Program Manager for NSEP, will be providing participants with information about the program and tips on filling out competitive applications.

* Be a Chic Tech recruiter - Chic Tech is an outreach initiative started to engage high school girls in computer science.  You do NOT have to be female in order to help out!  See details below!

* Important info about the Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference, October 14-17, 2007 in the Disney Hilton, Orlando, Florida 

* College of LAS Career Information Night, Tuesday September 25, 2007 in the Illini Union, Rooms A,B and C and the South Lounge

* Call for students to serve on departmental committees (juniors and seniors)

* Call for Participation in a NEW research-focused conference for undergraduate women in CS to be held at Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA), Oct. 5-7, 2007

* CS Student Awards Website. Also: Microsoft Fellowship & CRA Award Deadlines.

Lectures, Symposia, etc.

* Argonne National Labs 18th Annual Symposium for Undergraduates in Science, Engineering and Mathematics, Friday and Saturday, November 2-3, 2007 at Argonne National Labs -- Symposium presenters and attendees are required to pre-register and submit abstracts online by the September 14, deadline
*  Computer Science Colloquium
Searching for What You Want:
Enabling Data-Aware Search on the Web
Kevin C. Chang
Department of Computer Science
September 17 (Monday), 2007 at 4:00 p.m. 1404 Siebel Center for Computer Science

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* Advising in the Academic OfficeThe staff in the CS Academic Office -- the advising office for all CS, Math & CS, and Statistics & CS majors -- is here to answer questions about degree requirements, policies and procedures and just about any other issue pertaining to your academics here at UIUC.  Office hours are 8:00 to 11:45 am mornings and 1:00 to 4:45 afternoons, M-F.  On rare occasions, the office may shut down for meetings or other events, but we usually limit these to an hour at most during low-traffic times.  You can also ask advising questions by emailing Steve Herzog, the full-time CS advisor, at smherzog@uiuc.edu.  To find out more about the academic office and the CS advising resources, visit the CS website's undergraduate advising wiki at https://agora.cs.uiuc.edu/display/undergradProg/CS+Department+Advising.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------* Call for students to serve on departmental committees: 

The CS Department is accepting applications for students to serve on departmental committees - one student for the Undergraduate Studies Committee and one student for the Student Grievances, Petitions and Capricious Grading Committee.  Seniors or juniors preferred.  Interested students should submit a one-two paragraph statement of why you are well qualified to serve on the committee in question to Steve Herzog (smherzog@uiuc.edu).  The Undergraduate Studies Committee considers course and curricula matters, policies and procedures pertaining to the department's three degree programs (CS in Engineering, Math & CS in LAS, Stats & CS in LAS).  It meets approximately twice per month, sometimes less frequently depending upon how many items the committee has on its agenda.

The Student Grievances, Petitions and Capricious "...handles appeals on grading decisions on grounds of capricious grading. The committee is elected and may not include officers that normally handle student petitions (Director of Undergraduate Programs and Coordinator of Graduate Education and Advisement). It has to follow up the procedures set forth in the campus' academic policies and regulations §3-107."  The committee meets only when a case arises - something that has not happened for several years - but the department sets up a committee to handle such cases every year.
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* Registration hold on all College of Engineering students, Thursday, September 6 - Friday, October 12After the "Add Deadline" each semester the College of Engineering places a hold on all undergraduate student accounts that prevents students from changing their schedule.  They do this because there is a College of Engineering policy that requires Dean's approval (or in some cases your Home Department approval) for dropping certain restricted courses.

After Wednesday, September 05, 2007, you will need a dean's signature to drop any of your core Engineering requirements (MATH 115, 220, 221, 231, 241, 385; CHEM 102, 103; PHYS 211, 212, 213, 214].  You will need departmental approval to drop CS 100, CS 125, CS 173, CS 225.  You won't need a signature to drop any other class, but you will need to go through a web portal to do so.  Here is the text of the email you received recently with specific instructions:Engineering Students:
 
If you want to change your schedule in any way between September 6th and October 12th, you MUST read this e-mail thoroughly to find out how to do it.

As of September 6th, all Undergrad Engineering students will have an Advising Hold placed on their accounts.  We place these holds each semester after the "Add Deadline" in order to prevent you from dropping certain restricted courses, due to a College of Engineering policy that requires Dean's approval (or in some cases your Home Department approval) for these course changes.

Between September 6th and October 12th you will need to go to the following web portal to do all schedule changes while this hold is in effect, which includes adding, dropping, changing sections, or changing credit hours for a course.
 
   URL: https://engineering.uiuc.edu/request_course_change/
 
All schedule change requests that are not restricted will be processed within a few days of your request.  If you want to see if your request has been processed yet, you can visit Banner...it will have your most up to date schedule.

If your request is a restricted one, such as dropping a required course, adding a course late, or going under 12 hours, these are not allowed without approval(s).  If you have one of these, you will need to do the following...after you submit the request, the web site will prepare a form that you will need to PRINT OUT.  You will then need to get approval on that form from either your Home Department and/or an Engineering Dean (the form will tell you which approval(s) you need to obtain).
 
DO NOT FORGET to print out the form for restricted requests BEFORE you continue on!  You will not be able to go back later to print it out.  Follow all instructions given on the form and turn it into 206 Engineering Hall for processing.
 
Finally, we ask you not to turn in a request that you are unsure of.  These cannot be undone easily.  Also, do not turn in the same request more than once.
 
If you have any questions about the policy or the web portal, please contact Engineering Academic Affairs (engrap@uiuc.edu or 333-2280).        

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* A special note about CS 100 for new freshmen: 
If you're a new freshman enrolled in CS 100 and you're wondering why the course doesn't appear on their schedule for the week on UI Integrate, here's the explanation:  CS 100 doesn't begin until Tuesday, October 2nd.  A week or so before the class begins, we'll be sure to send a reminder to everyone enrolled*-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------*
JOBS, INTERNSHIPS, CONTESTS AND OTHER OPPORTUNITIES
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* ZS Software Info session TODAY, Monday September 17, 2007 from 5-6:30 pm, 2405 Siebel CenterTo broaden opportunities to our students, we are welcoming some new smaller corporate affiliates. Monday 9/17 launches the first presentation under this initiative, as we bring ZS Software here for an information session on working in a small, high performance software development group.
§       ZS Software: 9/17, 5-6:30 pm:  http://www.uiuc.edu/goto/zssoftware, Appropriate for both Undergraduates and Graduate Students.

* State Farm Days at the Siebel Center, Tuesday September 18 and Wednesday, September 19th.  See below for full details.Tuesday 9/18 and 9/19 brings two full days of corporate presentations by State Farm, a generous supporter of student scholarships in our department.  With a presence in Research Park and interesting opportunities for internships and full-time employment, please look into their career booth, lectures, and lunches on Tuesday, 9/18 and Wednesday 9/19.

§       State Farm Insurance Company: 9/18 and 9/19, All Day,  http://www.uiuc.edu/goto/statefarmdays Visit their career booth in the first floor atrium and win up to $250 in raffle Visa cards at their Distinguished Lecture presentation. Appropriate primarily for Undergraduate Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors.

Karen K. Hyman
Associate Director for Public Engagement
Department of Computer Science
University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
201 N. Goodwin Ave
Urbana, IL 61801
217/244-4496
kkhyman@uiuc.edu

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* Health and Graduate School Fair October 1, 2007

What:               Health & Graduate School Fair 2007

When:              Monday, October 1, 2007
                        11 AM - 3 PM

Where:             Illini Union, Rooms A, B, & C, and South Lounge

The Career Center is proud to announce the Health and Graduate School Fair 2007.  This event offers a wonderful opportunity for all students, regardless of major or year in school, to meet with admissions representatives from various graduate, health, and professional school programs!

This year we will include representatives from graduate programs in social sciences, humanities, business, engineering, and physical & life sciences. Representatives will also be there for all types of health professional programs such as medical, pharmacy, dental, physical therapy, optometry, chiropractic, nursing, podiatry, and public health schools.

All Students Welcome!
No Registration Required!
Casual Atmosphere!

More information is available at The Career Center or by visiting: http://www.careercenter.uiuc.edu/hgfair2007/
(A list of schools scheduled to attend can also be found on the website.)
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NSEP Scholarship Session
 
The University of Illinois will be hosting an information session on National Security Education Program (NSEP) undergraduate study abroad scholarships on Wednesday, October 3 at 4:00 in room 101, International Studies Building. Ja'net Carter, the Program Manager for NSEP, will be providing participants with information about the program and tips on filling out competitive applications. The campus application deadline is January 17, 2008 for any study between May 2008 and May 2009 (all students are eligible for semester or year-long programs while some students may be eligible for summer intensive language programs as well). Students are encouraged to begin writing application drafts this fall.
 
The National Security Education Program (NSEP) provides study abroad scholarships of $6,000-$20,000 for a full academic year, $4,000-$10,000 for a semester, or $2,500-$8,000 for a summer session of at least 6 weeks. Scholarships may be used for U.S. citizens to study in Asia, Africa, Central & Eastern Europe, Latin America, or the Middle East on almost any study abroad program. These are merit-based scholarships (approximately 1 in 5 eligible applicants received awards for study abroad in 2006-07, including seven University of Illinois students - the second most in the country!). In order to receive the scholarship, award winners must enter into a service agreement requiring that they attempt to work in a paid position for the federal government in either the Departments of State, Defense, Homeland Security, or the Intelligence Community within three years of graduation (deferrals possible/encouraged for graduate study). Winners also receive priority-hiring status. Further information is available at: http://www.ips.uiuc.edu/scholarship/NSEPprocess.shtml
 
Please direct questions to David Schug in Room 321, International Studies Building, 244-0254 or by email at dschug@uiuc.edu

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*  Be a Chic Tech recruiter

Where are the girls in your computer science classes?
ChicTech is an outreach initiative started to engage high school girls in computer science.  You do NOT have to be female in order to help out!  These girls need to hear it from both guys and girls that there aren't enough women, if any, in their classes.

This semester we will visit high schools in Chicago (suburbs included) and Champaign-Urbana.  You only volunteer yourself for the days that you have time.  During the visits we give presentations explaining what computer science is and what they can do with a computer science degree while they eat pizza lunches (which you also get to enjoy as a volunteer).

These girls will be invited to participate in the Technical Ambassadors Competition (TAC), in which they complete a technical project for a non-profit organization.  The winning teams will be invited to the Retreat (April 19 - 20, 2008).

In order for the Retreat to run smoothly, we will be starting committees this semester.  They will cover Food, Game/Movie Night, and a Major Computer Activity, among others.  The weekend of the Retreat, we will also need a lot of volunteers.  You do not have to be there the whole time (unless you are a counselor).  Even a few hours of your time will be of tremendous help.

If you are interested, please send the following to sdchan@uiuc.edu:

a) first and last name
b) netid
c) days you are able to go on visits (not mandatory but would be nice)
d) best time for meetings to be held (must be Tuesday or Thursday after 7; your choice as to which day and what time)
e) whether you want to be part of a committee for the RetreatI look forward to meeting you!

Samantha Chan
ChicTech Student Coordinator
sdchan@uiuc.edu

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------* Important info about the Tapia Celebration! October 14-17, 2007

Students
If you have minority students you work with who would like to attend but who have no travel support, we will try to secure some assistance for them. Please have them register ASAP at https://my.rice.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1178907169932 , where they can indicate their interest in attending.

Conference Registration
If you have not yet registered for the conference itself, today is the last day for the Early Bird discount.  Registration information is available at http://www.richardtapia.org/2007/travel.php

Hotel Reservations
I have heard from some of you that you have had difficulty making hotel reservations for the Tapia Celebration.  There is a new means to make a reservation, provided at the conference Website, http://www.richardtapia.org/2007/travel.php, as follows:

Hotel
Hilton Walt Disney World Resort Hotel
Phone: (407) 827-4000
The negotiated hotel room rate is $169+tax/night.

To register, call the hotel at (407) 827-4000.
Use the Group/Convention Code: "Grace Hopper - Richard Tapia" to receive the negotiated rate, which should also be available as early as three days before and as late as three days after the conference dates.
The Tapia Conference is aimed at providing a supportive networking environment for under-represented groups across the broad range of computing and information technology, from science to business to the arts to infrastructure.
The 2007 Conference will include several successful aspects of past events, such as:

  • A robust technical program, which includes papers, workshops, panels, and birds-of-a-feather sessions.
  • Invited plenary talks that feature the voices of our community who have excelled across different benchmarks and will discuss how they have organized their scientific and non-scientific ideas to find their niche and become successful.
  • A dynamic poster session, focused on students, providing a place to present new, exciting research in a relatively informal, supportive setting. Winners of the poster competition will be eligible for ACM's Student Research Competition Grand Finals.
  • The Doctorial Consortium, a full-day sounding board to guide and encourage students working on their Ph.D.s.
  • Several opportunities to network, including the posters reception, breaks, and the gala awards banquet.

FYI:
This October 14-17, 2007 more than 400 students, professors, and researchers will gather at the Disney Hilton in Orlando, Florida for the fourth Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference. Held every two years, the Tapia Conference provides a welcoming and supportive setting for all participants and particularly for students and faculty from under-represented groups. For more info, visit http://www.richardtapia.org/2007/

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* College of LAS Career Information Night, Tuesday September 25, 2007 in the Illini Union, Rooms A,B and C and the South Lounge

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) Alumni Association will host its 11th Career Information Night on Tuesday, September 25, 2007, in conjunction with the LAS Office of Student Academic Affairs, LAS Council, and LAS Leaders. The event will be held from 6:15 to 8:30 p.m. in Rooms A, B, C, and South Lounge of the Illini Union. This year the South Lounge will highlight a cluster of four tables (Division of General Studies, LAS Alumni Association, University of Illinois Alumni Association, and University of Illinois Career Center) under the banner of "Career Resources to Help Build Your Future."
From 4:00-5:00 p.m., the University of Illinois Career Center will also host resume writing and critiquing workshops in Rooms 404 and 406 of the Illini Union.
LAS Career Information Night is an annual fall event for LAS undergraduates. As you know, one of the toughest decisions for LAS students is the identification of a career path. This evening offers LAS alumni an opportunity to return to campus, where they dialogue one-on-one with LAS students. Discussion topics may include: how and why they chose their career path, how they landed their first job, the advantages and disadvantages of their occupation, and the skills and academic preparation required for their career.

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* CS Student Awards Website. Also: Microsoft Fellowship & CRA Award Deadlines.

As the academic year gets underway, I am writing to direct your attention to the Student Awards Information Agora page for the Department of Computer Science, where you can find a listing of relevant upcoming award, scholarship, and fellowship opportunities, as well as additional resources.  https://agora.cs.uiuc.edu/display/studentawards

Many of these are external opportunities, but some (at the top of the page) will require an application through the Student Awards Committee for the selection of an official nominee or winner for the Department.  I hope that you will take a look at the page, and I wish you the best success in the new school year.

Also, at this time, I am announcing Departmental deadlines for the Microsoft Research Graduate Fellowship and the CRA Outstanding Undergraduate Award Program.  Additional information and requirements are available on Agora.

1) Microsoft Research Graduate Fellowship
When: Internal Deadline - 9/21/2007
Who: 2nd and 3rd year Ph.D. students
Award: 100% of tuition and fees plus a $20,000 stipend https://agora.cs.uiuc.edu/x/BIEP

2) CRA Outstanding Undergraduate Award Program
When: Internal Deadline - 9/21/2007
Who: Undergraduates engaged in research; seniors are preferred.
Award: $1,000 https://agora.cs.uiuc.edu/x/24AP

On behalf of the Student Awards Committee,

Sincerely,

Colin Robertson

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* Call for Participation in a NEW research-focused conference
for undergraduate women in CS to be held at Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA), Oct. 5-7, 2007

OurCS: Opportunities for Undergraduate Research In Computer Science http://www.cs.cmu.edu/ourcs/
Kindly Sponsored by Microsoft We are pleased to announce that Frances Allen, 2006 Turing Award Winner
will be our Distinguished Speaker.
Other Keynote speakers include
-Jennifer Chayes, Co-founder and Co-manager, Microsoft Theory Group
and Research Area Manager at Microsoft Research.and
-Jeannette Wing, Presidents' Professor of Computer Science, Carnegie
Mellon,
and Assistant Director of CISE, National Science Foundation.

The conference will give undergraduate women opportunities to:

--Meet others who share their curiosity and interest in computer science
--Discuss their research
--Tackle research problems with leaders from industry and academia
--Learn about life in graduate school
--Present a talk and/or poster:  great for first-timers!

Check out the website for details: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/ourcs/

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* Especially for Students interested in Human-Computer Interaction:  Join the CALLAS community (Conveying Affectiveness in Leading-edge Living Adaptive Systems)

My name is Danny Lucchesi, a '03 grad from the U of I and I came across your
department at UIUC as I was researching affective computing
initiatives at the university. I'm working on behalf of a project called
CALLAS here in Italy,  which I'd like to present to your department. The
CALLAS (Conveying Affectiveness in Leading-edge Living Adaptive Systems)
Integrated Project intends to develop affective interface technology
which will be central to the new media experience such as: Digital
Theatre, Interactive TV, Augmented Reality Art, and Interactive public
performances. We would like to extend an invitation to visit our project
website (www.callas-newmedia.eu) and register as a member into the
CALLAS community. We don't have any American community members yet, and
as an alum I'd love to incorporate some members into our community from
UIUC. I wanted to ask if it would be ok to send some CALLAS brochures
that perhaps could be set out for some students or colleagues to take a
look at.
CALLAS is co-financed by the European Union within the Sixth Framework
Programme for RTD - (Contract IST-034800) and has started on 1 November
2006.
CALLAS incorporates an open and collaborative network of professionals
and organisations around the world who will actively take part within
the project. This community will have access to CALLAS technologies and
have priority in the adoption of CALLAS solutions.
We would like to invite to you to visit our website and see what CALLAS
can offer. Membership to the community is free and provides users with
the opportunity to interact with a network working together to advance
the state of the art in multimodal affective applications.
Thanks and looking forward to hearing from you,
Danny Lucchesi
CALLAS Communications
Metaware SpA
Pisa, Italy
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LECTURES, SYMPOSIA, ETC.
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* Argonne National Labs 18th Annual Symposium for Undergraduates in Science, Engineering and Mathematics, Friday and Saturday, November 2-3, 2007 at Argonne National Labs -- Symposium presenters and attendees are required to pre-register and submit abstracts online by the September 14, deadline
Dear Colleagues and Friends:
Argonne National Laboratory is hosting the 18th Annual  Symposium for Undergraduates in Science, Engineering and Mathematics, to be held at the Laboratory on Friday and Saturday, November 2-3, 2007. Last year the Symposium was very successful in generating interest and enthusiasm among over 400 persons in attendance including undergraduates, Argonne scientists, university faculty, and graduate students. Please encourage your undergraduate students who are engaged in research to present the results of their work at this year's Argonne Symposium. Undergraduates not involved in research are also encouraged to attend to learn about the various research opportunities that are available at Argonne. All Symposium presenters and attendees are required to pre-register and submit abstracts online by the September 14, deadline. The registration fee includes a reception/banquet that will be held on Friday evening, November 2, 2007.
Instructions for preparation of abstracts, abstract submission, and registration information are available online at *http://www.dep.anl.gov/p_undergrad/ugsymp.*
We would appreciate it if you would post the Symposium Flyer where undergraduates are likely to see it. Selected abstracts and final program information will be posted on our website by October 15, 2007.
Thank you for your help in promoting this important event. Please distribute to your undergraduates. 
Sincerely,
The Symposium Organizing Committee
Regards,
L. Phaire-Washington, PhD
Senior Program Leader
Argonne National Laboratory
9700 South Cass Avenue/DEP 223
Argonne IL 60439-4845
Tel: 630-252-1751
Fax: 630-252-3193
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* COMPUTER SCIENCE COLLOQUIUM
  (and Graduate Seminar)

Searching for What You Want:
Enabling Data-Aware Search on the Web

Kevin C. Chang
Department of Computer Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

September 17 (Monday), 2007 at 4:00 p.m.
 1404 Siebel Center for Computer Science 
What have you been searching lately?

As the Web has become our ultimate repository of information, we rely on search to find the diverse "stuff" on the Web. While current search engines have greatly facilitated our online information access, their "document" view of the Web inherently limits our capability to reach the sheer amount of diverse "data" on the Web. I will present our recent progress in enabling data-aware search, with live demos, and discuss open issues that we are pursuing.

Bio:
Kevin Chang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering (and an M.S. in Computer Science) from Stanford University in 2001, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from National Taiwan University.

September 10th Newsletter

To:  All CS Undergraduates        
From:  the CS Academic Office
CS Undergraduate Newsletter
September 10, 2007

Advising and Course Information
* Advising in the Academic Office

* REGISTRATION HOLD ON ALL COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING STUDENTS, Thursday, September 6 - Friday, October 12

* A special note about CS 100 for new freshmen

Jobs, Internships, Contests and other opportunities
 * Google "Office Hours" TODAY, Monday 9/10, from 1-3 pm - limited space available, see details below

* More details on Google Days (see below)

* Palantir - a start-up with UIUC CS alums involved - visits campus on September 12 (see details below)

* Be a Chic Tech recruiter - Chic Tech is an outreach initiative started to engage high school girls in computer science.  You do NOT have to be female in order to help out!  See details below!

* Important info about the Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference, October 14-17, 2007 in the Disney Hilton, Orlando, Florida 

* College of LAS Career Information Night, Tuesday September 25, 2007 in the Illini Union, Rooms A,B and C and the South Lounge

* Call for students to serve on departmental committees (juniors and seniors)

* Call for Participation in a NEW research-focused conference for undergraduate women in CS to be held at Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA), Oct. 5-7, 2007

* CS Student Awards Website. Also: Microsoft Fellowship & CRA Award Deadlines.

* APPLY TODAY for the  2007 Fall Engineering Expo Corporate Social

Lectures, Symposia, etc.

* Argonne National Labs 18th Annual Symposium for Undergraduates in Science, Engineering and Mathematics, Friday and Saturday, November 2-3, 2007 at Argonne National Labs -- Symposium presenters and attendees are required to pre-register and submit abstracts online by the September 14, deadline
* Colloquium:  "Beyond Basic Search,"  Gary Marchionini, School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina, September 10 (Monday), 2007 at 4:00 p.m., 1404 Siebel Center for Computer Science

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* Advising in the Academic OfficeThe staff in the CS Academic Office -- the advising office for all CS, Math & CS, and Statistics & CS majors -- is here to answer questions about degree requirements, policies and procedures and just about any other issue pertaining to your academics here at UIUC.  Office hours are 8:00 to 11:45 am mornings and 1:00 to 4:45 afternoons, M-F.  On rare occasions, the office may shut down for meetings or other events, but we usually limit these to an hour at most during low-traffic times.  You can also ask advising questions by emailing Steve Herzog, the full-time CS advisor, at smherzog@uiuc.edu.  To find out more about the academic office and the CS advising resources, visit the CS website's undergraduate advising wiki at https://agora.cs.uiuc.edu/display/undergradProg/CS+Department+Advising.
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* Call for students to serve on departmental committees: 

The CS Department is accepting applications for students to serve on departmental committees - one student for the Undergraduate Studies Committee and one student for the Student Grievances, Petitions and Capricious Grading Committee.  Seniors or juniors preferred.  Interested students should submit a one-two paragraph statement of why you are well qualified to serve on the committee in question to Steve Herzog (smherzog@uiuc.edu). 

The Undergraduate Studies Committee considers course and curricula matters, policies and procedures pertaining to the department's three degree programs (CS in Engineering, Math & CS in LAS, Stats & CS in LAS).  It meets approximately twice per month, sometimes less frequently depending upon how many items the committee has on its agenda.

The Student Grievances, Petitions and Capricious "...handles appeals on grading decisions on grounds of capricious grading. The committee is elected and may not include officers that normally handle student petitions (Director of Undergraduate Programs and Coordinator of Graduate Education and Advisement). It has to follow up the procedures set forth in the campus' academic policies and regulations §3-107."  The committee meets only when a case arises - something that has not happened for several years - but the department sets up a committee to handle such cases every year.
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* Registration hold on all College of Engineering students, Thursday, September 6 - Friday, October 12

After the "Add Deadline" each semester the College of Engineering places a hold on all undergraduate student accounts that prevents students from changing their schedule.  They do this because there is a College of Engineering policy that requires Dean's approval (or in some cases your Home Department approval) for dropping certain restricted courses.

After Wednesday, September 05, 2007, you will need a dean's signature to drop any of your core Engineering requirements (MATH 115, 220, 221, 231, 241, 385; CHEM 102, 103; PHYS 211, 212, 213, 214].  You will need departmental approval to drop CS 100, CS 125, CS 173, CS 225.  You won't need a signature to drop any other class, but you will need to go through a web portal to do so.  Here is the text of the email you received recently with specific instructions:

Engineering Students:
 
If you want to change your schedule in any way between September 6th and October 12th, you MUST read this e-mail thoroughly to find out how to do it.

As of September 6th, all Undergrad Engineering students will have an Advising Hold placed on their accounts.  We place these holds each semester after the "Add Deadline" in order to prevent you from dropping certain restricted courses, due to a College of Engineering policy that requires Dean's approval (or in some cases your Home Department approval) for these course changes.

Between September 6th and October 12th you will need to go to the following web portal to do all schedule changes while this hold is in effect, which includes adding, dropping, changing sections, or changing credit hours for a course.
 
   URL: https://engineering.uiuc.edu/request_course_change/
 
All schedule change requests that are not restricted will be processed within a few days of your request.  If you want to see if your request has been processed yet, you can visit Banner...it will have your most up to date schedule.

If your request is a restricted one, such as dropping a required course, adding a course late, or going under 12 hours, these are not allowed without approval(s).  If you have one of these, you will need to do the following...after you submit the request, the web site will prepare a form that you will need to PRINT OUT.  You will then need to get approval on that form from either your Home Department and/or an Engineering Dean (the form will tell you which approval(s) you need to obtain).
 
DO NOT FORGET to print out the form for restricted requests BEFORE you continue on!  You will not be able to go back later to print it out.  Follow all instructions given on the form and turn it into 206 Engineering Hall for processing.
 
Finally, we ask you not to turn in a request that you are unsure of.  These cannot be undone easily.  Also, do not turn in the same request more than once.
 
If you have any questions about the policy or the web portal, please contact Engineering Academic Affairs (engrap@uiuc.edu or 333-2280).        
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* A special note about CS 100 for new freshmen: 
If you're a new freshman enrolled in CS 100 and you're wondering why the course doesn't appear on their schedule for the week on UI Integrate, here's the explanation:  CS 100 doesn't begin until Tuesday, October 2nd.  A week or so before the class begins, we'll be sure to send a reminder to everyone enrolled

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JOBS, INTERNSHIPS, CONTESTS AND OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

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* Google "Office Hours" TODAY, Monday 9/10, from 1-3 pm
Google is hosting "Office Hours" today,  Monday 9/10, from 1-3 pm  and would like to offer students an opportunity to register: http://www.uiuc.edu/goto/googleofficehours Students can sign up for 1 of 12 slots with a Google engineer. This is the perfect chance for students to get one-on-one interaction with Googlers and ask them anything just about anything; what it's like to work in the real world, advice on projects, etc,. The idea of office hours is to create a casual and relaxed environment for the student to interact with one of their engineers. Often times, at a career fair/presentation setting students have to deal with crowds or time pressure to talk to a company rep - this would minimize that. There are no interview questions asked during these visits and they are purely informational. 
You can sign-up online or stop into our administrative office and sign up for a slot.  We recommend stopping by our office so we can help you in person! We are in 2232.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. I look forward to seeing you during Google's visit here, September 10 and 11!
Thanks,
Karen
Karen K. Hyman
Associate Director for Public Engagement
Department of Computer Science
University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
201 N. Goodwin Ave
Urbana, IL 61801
217/244-4496
kkhyman@uiuc.edu
www.cs.uiuc.edu
 
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Google
September 10, 11, 2007
Google is here Monday and Tuesday, September 10 and 11: www.uiuc.edu/goto/googledays
 Enjoy two days of educational events to help you prepare for technical interviews and resume building, generally, and to help educate you about opportunities at Google specifically. Many events require pre-registration, so please look ASAP at the full roster for this major employer and important Corporate Affiliate: www.uiuc.edu/goto/googledays
Events are open, and appropriate, for both undergraduate and graduate students.
Palantir
September  12, 2007
Also, please note the September 12 visit of Palantir, a start-up with many UIUC CS alumni: http://www.cs.uiuc.edu/industry/
Engineering Employment Expo
September 10, 11, 12, 2007
The Engineering Employment Expo (EXPO) is hosted by Engineering Council, a student organization, and spans three days and hosts more than 300 companies seeking to hire some of the nation's top engineering talent for full-time and summer internship positions.
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* Be a Chic Tech recruiter

Where are the girls in your computer science classes?!

ChicTech is an outreach initiative started to engage high school girls in computer science.  You do NOT have to be female in order to help out!  These girls need to hear it from both guys and girls that there aren't enough women, if any, in their classes.

This semester we will visit high schools in Chicago (suburbs included) and Champaign-Urbana.  You only volunteer yourself for the days that you have time.  During the visits we give presentations explaining what computer science is and what they can do with a computer science degree while they eat pizza lunches (which you also get to enjoy as a volunteer).

These girls will be invited to participate in the Technical Ambassadors Competition (TAC), in which they complete a technical project for a non-profit organization.  The winning teams will be invited to the Retreat (April 19 - 20, 2008).

In order for the Retreat to run smoothly, we will be starting committees this semester.  They will cover Food, Game/Movie Night, and a Major Computer Activity, among others.  The weekend of the Retreat, we will also need a lot of volunteers.  You do not have to be there the whole time (unless you are a counselor).  Even a few hours of your time will be of tremendous help.
If you are interested, please send the following to sdchan@uiuc.edu:
a) first and last name
b) netid
c) days you are able to go on visits (not mandatory but would be nice)
d) best time for meetings to be held (must be Tuesday or Thursday after 7; your choice as to which day and what time)
e) whether you want to be part of a committee for the Retreat

I look forward to meeting you!Samantha Chan
ChicTech Student Coordinator
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* Important info about the Tapia Celebration! October 14-17, 2007
Students
If you have minority students you work with who would like to attend but who have no travel support, we will try to secure some assistance for them. Please have them register ASAP at https://my.rice.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1178907169932 , where they can indicate their interest in attending.
Conference Registration
If you have not yet registered for the conference itself, today is the last day for the Early Bird discount.  Registration information is available at http://www.richardtapia.org/2007/travel.php
Hotel Reservations
I have heard from some of you that you have had difficulty making hotel reservations for the Tapia Celebration.  There is a new means to make a reservation, provided at the conference Website, http://www.richardtapia.org/2007/travel.php, as follows:

Hotel
Hilton Walt Disney World Resort Hotel
Phone: (407) 827-4000
The negotiated hotel room rate is $169+tax/night.

To register, call the hotel at (407) 827-4000.
Use the Group/Convention Code: "Grace Hopper - Richard Tapia" to receive the negotiated rate, which should also be available as early as three days before and as late as three days after the conference dates.
The Tapia Conference is aimed at providing a supportive networking environment for under-represented groups across the broad range of computing and information technology, from science to business to the arts to infrastructure.
The 2007 Conference will include several successful aspects of past events, such as:

  • A robust technical program, which includes papers, workshops, panels, and birds-of-a-feather sessions.
  • Invited plenary talks that feature the voices of our community who have excelled across different benchmarks and will discuss how they have organized their scientific and non-scientific ideas to find their niche and become successful.
  • A dynamic poster session, focused on students, providing a place to present new, exciting research in a relatively informal, supportive setting. Winners of the poster competition will be eligible for ACM's Student Research Competition Grand Finals.
  • The Doctorial Consortium, a full-day sounding board to guide and encourage students working on their Ph.D.s.
  • Several opportunities to network, including the posters reception, breaks, and the gala awards banquet.

FYI:
This October 14-17, 2007 more than 400 students, professors, and researchers will gather at the Disney Hilton in Orlando, Florida for the fourth Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference. Held every two years, the Tapia Conference provides a welcoming and supportive setting for all participants and particularly for students and faculty from under-represented groups. For more info, visit http://www.richardtapia.org/2007/
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* College of LAS Career Information Night, Tuesday September 25, 2007 in the Illini Union, Rooms A,B and C and the South Lounge
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) Alumni Association will host its 11th Career Information Night on Tuesday, September 25, 2007, in conjunction with the LAS Office of Student Academic Affairs, LAS Council, and LAS Leaders. The event will be held from 6:15 to 8:30 p.m. in Rooms A, B, C, and South Lounge of the Illini Union. This year the South Lounge will highlight a cluster of four tables (Division of General Studies, LAS Alumni Association, University of Illinois Alumni Association, and University of Illinois Career Center) under the banner of "Career Resources to Help Build Your Future."
From 4:00-5:00 p.m., the University of Illinois Career Center will also host resume writing and critiquing workshops in Rooms 404 and 406 of the Illini Union.
LAS Career Information Night is an annual fall event for LAS undergraduates. As you know, one of the toughest decisions for LAS students is the identification of a career path. This evening offers LAS alumni an opportunity to return to campus, where they dialogue one-on-one with LAS students. Discussion topics may include: how and why they chose their career path, how they landed their first job, the advantages and disadvantages of their occupation, and the skills and academic preparation required for their career.
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* CS Student Awards Website. Also: Microsoft Fellowship & CRA Award Deadlines.

As the academic year gets underway, I am writing to direct your attention to the Student Awards Information Agora page for the Department of Computer Science, where you can find a listing of relevant upcoming award, scholarship, and fellowship opportunities, as well as additional resources.  https://agora.cs.uiuc.edu/display/studentawards
Many of these are external opportunities, but some (at the top of the page) will require an application through the Student Awards Committee for the selection of an official nominee or winner for the Department.  I hope that you will take a look at the page, and I wish you the best success in the new school year.
Also, at this time, I am announcing Departmental deadlines for the Microsoft Research Graduate Fellowship and the CRA Outstanding Undergraduate Award Program.  Additional information and requirements are available on Agora.
1) Microsoft Research Graduate Fellowship
When: Internal Deadline - 9/21/2007
Who: 2nd and 3rd year Ph.D. students
Award: 100% of tuition and fees plus a $20,000 stipend https://agora.cs.uiuc.edu/x/BIEP
2) CRA Outstanding Undergraduate Award Program
When: Internal Deadline - 9/21/2007
Who: Undergraduates engaged in research; seniors are preferred.
Award: $1,000 https://agora.cs.uiuc.edu/x/24AP
On behalf of the Student Awards Committee,
Sincerely,

Colin Robertson

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* Call for Participation in a NEW research-focused conference
for undergraduate women in CS to be held at Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA), Oct. 5-7, 2007
OurCS: Opportunities for Undergraduate Research In Computer Science http://www.cs.cmu.edu/ourcs/
Kindly Sponsored by Microsoft Research
We are pleased to announce that Frances Allen, 2006 Turing Award Winner
will be our Distinguished Speaker.
Other Keynote speakers include
-Jennifer Chayes, Co-founder and Co-manager, Microsoft Theory Group
and Research Area Manager at Microsoft Research.and
-Jeannette Wing, Presidents' Professor of Computer Science, Carnegie
Mellon,
and Assistant Director of CISE, National Science Foundation.
The conference will give undergraduate women opportunities to:
--Meet others who share their curiosity and interest in computer science
--Discuss their research
--Tackle research problems with leaders from industry and academia
--Learn about life in graduate school
--Present a talk and/or poster:  great for first-timers!
Check out the website for details: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/ourcs/*&#45;--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------&#45;*
* Especially for Students interested in Human-Computer Interaction:  Join the CALLAS community (Conveying Affectiveness in Leading-edge Living Adaptive Systems)
My name is Danny Lucchesi, a '03 grad from the U of I and I came across your
department at UIUC as I was researching affective computing
initiatives at the university. I'm working on behalf of a project called
CALLAS here in Italy,  which I'd like to present to your department. The
CALLAS (Conveying Affectiveness in Leading-edge Living Adaptive Systems)
Integrated Project intends to develop affective interface technology
which will be central to the new media experience such as: Digital
Theatre, Interactive TV, Augmented Reality Art, and Interactive public
performances. We would like to extend an invitation to visit our project
website (www.callas-newmedia.eu) and register as a member into the
CALLAS community. We don't have any American community members yet, and
as an alum I'd love to incorporate some members into our community from
UIUC. I wanted to ask if it would be ok to send some CALLAS brochures
that perhaps could be set out for some students or colleagues to take a
look at.
CALLAS is co-financed by the European Union within the Sixth Framework
Programme for RTD - (Contract IST-034800) and has started on 1 November
2006.
CALLAS incorporates an open and collaborative network of professionals
and organisations around the world who will actively take part within
the project. This community will have access to CALLAS technologies and
have priority in the adoption of CALLAS solutions.
We would like to invite to you to visit our website and see what CALLAS
can offer. Membership to the community is free and provides users with
the opportunity to interact with a network working together to advance
the state of the art in multimodal affective applications.
Thanks and looking forward to hearing from you,
Danny Lucchesi
CALLAS Communications
Metaware SpA
Pisa, Italy
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* APPLY TODAY for the 
2007 Fall Engineering Expo Corporate Social

http://expo.cen.uiuc.edu/
(look for corporate social under students)

September 11th, 2007 @ 6:30 p.m.

Alice Campbell Alumni Center

Recruiters from participating companies attending Engineering Expo on Tuesday and Wednesday will review your application. 

Over 30 companies will be present at the Corporate Social. Note that this event is FREE and INVITATION-ONLY!
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LECTURES, SYMPOSIA, ETC.
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* Argonne National Labs 18th Annual Symposium for Undergraduates in Science, Engineering and Mathematics, Friday and Saturday, November 2-3, 2007 at Argonne National Labs -- Symposium presenters and attendees are required to pre-register and submit abstracts online by the September 14, deadline
Dear Colleagues and Friends:
Argonne National Laboratory is hosting the 18th Annual  Symposium for Undergraduates in Science, Engineering and Mathematics, to be held at the Laboratory on Friday and Saturday, November 2-3, 2007. Last year the Symposium was very successful in generating interest and enthusiasm among over 400 persons in attendance including undergraduates, Argonne scientists, university faculty, and graduate students. Please encourage your undergraduate students who are engaged in research to present the results of their work at this year's Argonne Symposium. Undergraduates not involved in research are also encouraged to attend to learn about the various research opportunities that are available at Argonne. All Symposium presenters and attendees are required to pre-register and submit abstracts online by the September 14, deadline. The registration fee includes a reception/banquet that will be held on Friday evening, November 2, 2007.
Instructions for preparation of abstracts, abstract submission, and registration information are available online at *http://www.dep.anl.gov/p_undergrad/ugsymp.*
We would appreciate it if you would post the Symposium Flyer where undergraduates are likely to see it. Selected abstracts and final program information will be posted on our website by October 15, 2007.
Thank you for your help in promoting this important event. Please distribute to your undergraduates. 
Sincerely,
The Symposium Organizing Committee
Regards,
L. Phaire-Washington, PhD
Senior Program Leader
Argonne National Laboratory
9700 South Cass Avenue/DEP 223
Argonne IL 60439-4845
Tel: 630-252-1751
Fax: 630-252-3193
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* COMPUTER SCIENCE COLLOQUIUM
  (and Graduate Seminar)

Beyond Basic Search

Gary Marchionini
School of Information and Library Science
University of North Carolina
September 10 (Monday), 2007 at 4:00 p.m.
1404 Siebel Center for Computer Science
Research and development in information retrieval (IR) over the past half century has led to todays search engines and a new information industry. This industry does an adequate job of satisfying basic search requests for well-specified or highly specific information. Many research and development challenges remain, most notably, support for open-ended, learning and knowledge creation information goals and other kinds of exploratory search activities.  Achieving such goals typically requires iterative, ongoing information-seeking processes in ill-defined solution spaces and benefit from systems that are tuned as much to recall as they are to precision.  These kinds of searches require the information seeker to be actively engaged in examining and interpreting results that in turn may change the search strategy. In addition to the inherent intellectual and technical challenges this kind of search entails, it is very difficult to evaluate effectiveness without direct involvement of the human seeker -- a costly constraint. This talk will discuss some of the characteristics of exploratory search, current efforts to develop information seeking support systems that support them, and examples of evaluation techniques.
Bio:
Gary Marchionini is Cary C. Boshamer Professor in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he heads the Interaction Design Laboratory and the Open Video Project (http://open-video.org/). His current research projects focus on interfaces that support information seeking and information retrieval; usability of personal health records; video surrogation; personal identity in cyberspace; and evaluation of interactive media, especially for learning and teaching. He has had grants or awards from the National Science Foundation, the National Library of Medicine, the Library of Congress, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Kellogg Foundation, NASA, The National Cancer Institute, Microsoft, Google, and IBM. He has published over 150 articles, chapters and reports in a variety of books and journals and is author of a book titled "Information Seeking in Electronic Environments." He is Editor-in-Chief for the ACM Transaction on Information Systems and serves on the editorial board of ten other journals. He was the Conference Chair for ACM Digital Library '96 Conference and for the 2006 ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries. He was program chair for the 2002 ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries and Americas-chair for the ACM SIGIR 2005 Conference. He served as an at large member of the board of directors for the American Society for Information Science & Technology from 1998-2001 and currently is serving a four-year term (2006-2010) on the Biomedical Library and Informatics Review Committee of the National Library of Medicine. He was a co-organizer for workshops on exploratory search at SIGIR and SIGCHI in 2006.

September 4th Newsletter

To:  All CS Undergraduates        
From:  the CS Academic Office
CS Undergraduate Newsletter
September 4, 2007
Our apologies if you're receiving this email despite having graduated or left the university.  Our mailing lists may not be quite up to date yet (we'll get that fixed in the next week).
Advising and Course Information* Advising in the Academic Office

* ADD DEADLINE:  Deadline to add a full semester course is Wednesday, September 5

* REGISTRATION HOLD ON ALL COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING STUDENTS, Thursday, September 6 - Friday, October 12

* The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) Career Information Night on Tuesday, September 25, 2007, in conjunction with the LAS Office of Student Academic Affairs, LAS Council, and LAS Leaders. The event will be held from 6:15 to 8:30 p.m. in Rooms A, B, C, and South Lounge of the Illini Union.

* Expo Committee presents:  Careers for Engineers, Thursday September 6, 4-8 pm, 1310 Digital Computing Labs

* A special note about CS 100 for new freshmen

Jobs, Internships, Contests and other opportunities
* Call for students to serve on departmental committees (juniors and seniors)

* Morgan Stanley Days - Wednesday, September 5 and Thursday, September 6 - see details below

* NVIDIA, corporate affiliate in CS, presents an information session, Sunday September 9, at 6 pm in 2405 Siebel Center.

* Call for Participation in a NEW research-focused conference
for undergraduate women in CS to be held at Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA), Oct. 5-7, 2007

* Especially for Students interested in Human-Computer Interaction:  Join the CALLAS community (Conveying Affectiveness in Leading-edge Living Adaptive Systems)

* * *Cazoodle Inc., a spin-off from Computer Science of UIUC, is looking
for *Software Coder* and *Cluster Manager* to join force for expanding
the frontier of Web search: to build next generation, "data aware"
search engines. Maybe that's you!!

* CS Student Awards Website. Also: Microsoft Fellowship & CRA Award Deadlines.

* APPLY TODAY for the  2007 Fall Engineering Expo Corporate Social

Lectures, Symposia, etc.

* Open Forum for Future Entrepreneurs: Wednesday, 9/5 from 10:30-11:30 in 141 Coordinated Science Lab (CSL)

* Colloquium:  "Beyond Basic Search,"  Gary Marchionini, School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina, September 10 (Monday), 2007 at 4:00 p.m., 1404 Siebel Center for Computer Science

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ADVISING AND COURSE INFORMATION

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The staff in the CS Academic Office -- the advising office for all CS, Math & CS, and Statistics & CS majors -- is here to answer questions about degree requirements, policies and procedures and just about any other issue pertaining to your academics here at UIUC.  Office hours are 8:00 to 11:45 am mornings and 1:00 to 4:45 afternoons, M-F.  On rare occasions, the office may shut down for meetings or other events, but we usually limit these to an hour at most during low-traffic times.  You can also ask advising questions by emailing Steve Herzog, the full-time CS advisor, at smherzog@uiuc.edu.  To find out more about the academic office and the CS advising resources, visit the CS website's undergraduate advising wiki at https://agora.cs.uiuc.edu/display/undergradProg/CS+Department+Advising.

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Call for students to serve on departmental committees: 

The CS Department is accepting applications for students to serve on departmental committees - one student for the Undergraduate Studies Committee and one student for the Student Grievances, Petitions and Capricious Grading Committee.  Seniors or juniors preferred.  Interested students should submit a one-two paragraph statement of why you are well qualified to serve on the committee in question to Steve Herzog (smherzog@uiuc.edu). 

The Undergraduate Studies Committee considers course and curricula matters, policies and procedures pertaining to the department's three degree programs (CS in Engineering, Math & CS in LAS, Stats & CS in LAS).  It meets approximately twice per month, sometimes less frequently depending upon how many items the committee has on its agenda.

The Student Grievances, Petitions and Capricious "...handles appeals on grading decisions on grounds of capricious grading. The committee is elected and may not include officers that normally handle student petitions (Director of Undergraduate Programs and Coordinator of Graduate Education and Advisement). It has to follow up the procedures set forth in the campus' academic policies and regulations §3-107."  The committee meets only when a case arises - something that has not happened for several years - but the department sets up a committee to handle such cases every year.
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Wednesday, September 5:  Last day to add a full semester course
After Wednesday, students may not add a full-semester course without permission from the instructor and approval from a dean. 
Other upcoming dates to remember:
* Friday, October 12:  Last day to drop a course or change to Credit/No Credit (i.e. pass/fail)

* Monday, October 15:  Time tickets for early registration for spring available on Student Self-Service (UI-Integrate) - this means you can find out when your earliest registration time will be

* Monday, October 29:  First day of early registration for Spring 2008 (see http://www.oar.uiuc.edu/current/registration/ to find out how registration times are distributed

* Saturday, November 17 - Sunday, November 25:  Thanksgiving Break - No classes

* Friday, December 7:  Last day of instruction

* Saturday, December 8:  Reading day

* Monday, December 10 - Saturday, December 15:  Final exam period (don't count on being able to leave campus until December 16!)
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* Registration hold on all College of Engineering students, Thursday, September 6 - Friday, October 12

After the "Add Deadline" each semester the College of Engineering places a hold on all undergraduate student accounts that prevents students from dropping certain courses. They do this because there is a College of Engineering policy that requires Dean's approval (or in some cases your Home Department approval) for dropping certain restricted courses. 

After Wednesday, September 05, 2007, you will need a dean's signature to drop any of your core Engineering requirements (MATH 115, 220, 221, 231, 241, 385; CHEM 102, 103; PHYS 211, 212, 213, 214].  You will need departmental approval to drop CS 100, CS 125, CS 173, CS 225.  You won't need a signature to drop any other class, but you  will need to go through a web portal to do so.  Check your email for more information!  

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The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) Alumni Association will host its 11th Career Information Night on Tuesday, September 25, 2007, in conjunction with the LAS Office of Student Academic Affairs, LAS Council, and LAS Leaders. The event will be held from 6:15 to 8:30 p.m. in Rooms A, B, C, and South Lounge of the Illini Union. This year the South Lounge will highlight a cluster of four tables (Division of General Studies, LAS Alumni Association, University of Illinois Alumni Association, and University of Illinois Career Center) under the banner of "Career Resources to Help Build Your Future."
From 4:00-5:00 p.m., the University of Illinois Career Center will also host resume writing and critiquing workshops in Rooms 404 and 406 of the Illini Union.
LAS Career Information Night is an annual fall event for LAS undergraduates. As you know, one of the toughest decisions for LAS students is the identification of a career path. This evening offers LAS alumni an opportunity to return to campus, where they dialogue one-on-one with LAS students. Discussion topics may include: how and why they chose their career path, how they landed their first job, the advantages and disadvantages of their occupation, and the skills and academic preparation required for their career.

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EXPO Committee presents

 "CAREERS FOR ENGINEERS"

Date: 6th September, 2007
Location: Digital Computer Laboratory 1310
Time: 4-8pm

Come join companies like Morgan Stanley, Archer Daniels Midland Company, Baxter Healthcare and others for workshop sessions. Topics include how to write resumes and cover letters, internship essentials, getting into the Wall Street side of the world and many others. 
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* Wednesday, September 5:  Last day to add a full semester course

Other upcoming dates to remember:
* Friday, October 12:  Last day to drop a course or change to Credit/No Credit (i.e. pass/fail)

* Monday, October 15:  Time tickets for early registration for spring available on Student Self-Service (UI-Integrate) - this means you can find out when your earliest registration time will be

* Monday, October 29:  First day of early registration for Spring 2008 (see http://www.oar.uiuc.edu/current/registration/ to find out how registration times are distributed

* Saturday, November 17 - Sunday, November 25:  Thanksgiving Break - No classes

* Friday, December 7:  Last day of instruction

* Saturday, December 8:  Reading day

* Monday, December 10 - Saturday, December 15:  Final exam period (don't count on being able to leave campus until December 16!)

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* A special note about CS 100 for new freshmen: 
If you're a new freshman enrolled in CS 100 and you're wondering why the course doesn't appear on their schedule for the week on UI Integrate, here's the explanation:  CS 100 doesn't begin until Tuesday, October 2nd.  A week or so before the class begins, we'll be sure to send a reminder to everyone enrolled

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JOBS, INTERNSHIPS, CONTESTS AND OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

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* Morgan Stanley Days:  Wednesday, September 5 and Thursday, September 6
Morgan Stanley, a valued corporate partner of the Department of Computer Science, invites you to  two days of fun and educational events on September 5-6, 2007. A global team of Morgan Stanley reps - from London, NY, and even Oakbrook, IL! - will be here to present a Portfolio in Peril competition, useful information sessions, distinguished lectures, and Nintendo Wii's to winning PIP teams. For more information, and to register for lunches and competitions,  please see http://www.uiuc.edu/goto/morganstanleydays

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NVIDIA, corporate affiliate in CS,  presents an information session, Sunday September 9, at 6 pm in 2405 Siebel Center. CS and ECE students welcome for this presentation by a world leader in visual computing technology.  Catered by Great Atlanta Bread Company. For more information, please see www.cs.uiuc.edu  and  www.nvidia.com/university.

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* Cazoodle Inc., a spin-off from Computer Science of UIUC, is looking
for *Software Coder* and *Cluster Manager* to join force for expanding
the frontier of Web search: to build next generation, "data aware"
search engines. Maybe that's you!!
* Common-sense CS background.
* Quick learner-- and we'll teach you!
Linux clusters, AJAX, Python, Java, C#.
* 10-20 hours per week.
* $13-$20 per hour.
* Let's talk:
   jobs@cazoodle.com
  admin.cazoodle@gmail.com
And, Cazoodle is:
* http://www.cazoodle.com/
* at the Research Park (near Assembly Hall).
* average age: 24.8 years as of August 1, 2007.
* also known as http://apartment.cazoodle.com
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* CS Student Awards Website. Also: Microsoft Fellowship & CRA Award Deadlines.

As the academic year gets underway, I am writing to direct your attention to the Student Awards Information Agora page for the Department of Computer Science, where you can find a listing of relevant upcoming award, scholarship, and fellowship opportunities, as well as additional resources.  https://agora.cs.uiuc.edu/display/studentawards

Many of these are external opportunities, but some (at the top of the page) will require an application through the Student Awards Committee for the selection of an official nominee or winner for the Department.  I hope that you will take a look at the page, and I wish you the best success in the new school year.

Also, at this time, I am announcing Departmental deadlines for the Microsoft Research Graduate Fellowship and the CRA Outstanding Undergraduate Award Program.  Additional information and requirements are available on Agora.

1) Microsoft Research Graduate Fellowship
When: Internal Deadline - 9/21/2007
Who: 2nd and 3rd year Ph.D. students
Award: 100% of tuition and fees plus a $20,000 stipend
https://agora.cs.uiuc.edu/x/BIEP

2) CRA Outstanding Undergraduate Award Program
When: Internal Deadline - 9/21/2007
Who: Undergraduates engaged in research; seniors are preferred.
Award: $1,000
https://agora.cs.uiuc.edu/x/24AP

On behalf of the Student Awards Committee,

Sincerely,

Colin Robertson

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* Call for Participation in a NEW research-focused conference
for undergraduate women in CS to be held at Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA), Oct. 5-7, 2007

OurCS: Opportunities for Undergraduate Research In Computer Science
http://www.cs.cmu.edu/ourcs/
Kindly Sponsored by Microsoft Research

We are pleased to announce that Frances Allen, 2006 Turing Award Winner
will be our Distinguished Speaker.
Other Keynote speakers include
-Jennifer Chayes, Co-founder and Co-manager, Microsoft Theory Group
and Research Area Manager at Microsoft Research.and
-Jeannette Wing, Presidents' Professor of Computer Science, Carnegie
Mellon,
and Assistant Director of CISE, National Science Foundation.

The conference will give undergraduate women opportunities to:

--Meet others who share their curiosity and interest in computer science
--Discuss their research
--Tackle research problems with leaders from industry and academia
--Learn about life in graduate school
--Present a talk and/or poster:  great for first-timers!

Check out the website for details: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/ourcs/
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* Especially for Students interested in Human-Computer Interaction:  Join the CALLAS community (Conveying Affectiveness in Leading-edge Living Adaptive Systems)

My name is Danny Lucchesi, a '03 grad from the U of I and I came across your
department at UIUC as I was researching affective computing
initiatives at the university. I'm working on behalf of a project called
CALLAS here in Italy,  which I'd like to present to your department. The
CALLAS (Conveying Affectiveness in Leading-edge Living Adaptive Systems)
Integrated Project intends to develop affective interface technology
which will be central to the new media experience such as: Digital
Theatre, Interactive TV, Augmented Reality Art, and Interactive public
performances. We would like to extend an invitation to visit our project
website (www.callas-newmedia.eu) and register as a member into the
CALLAS community. We don't have any American community members yet, and
as an alum I'd love to incorporate some members into our community from
UIUC. I wanted to ask if it would be ok to send some CALLAS brochures
that perhaps could be set out for some students or colleagues to take a
look at.
CALLAS is co-financed by the European Union within the Sixth Framework
Programme for RTD - (Contract IST-034800) and has started on 1 November
2006.
CALLAS incorporates an open and collaborative network of professionals
and organisations around the world who will actively take part within
the project. This community will have access to CALLAS technologies and
have priority in the adoption of CALLAS solutions.
We would like to invite to you to visit our website and see what CALLAS
can offer. Membership to the community is free and provides users with
the opportunity to interact with a network working together to advance
the state of the art in multimodal affective applications.
Thanks and looking forward to hearing from you,
Danny Lucchesi
CALLAS Communications
Metaware SpA
Pisa, Italy
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APPLY TODAY for the 2007 Fall Engineering Expo Corporate Social

http://expo.cen.uiuc.edu/
(look for corporate social under students)

September 11th, 2007 @ 6:30 p.m.

Alice Campbell Alumni Center

Recruiters from participating companies attending Engineering Expo on Tuesday and Wednesday will review your application. 

Over 30 companies will be present at the Corporate Social. Note that this event is FREE and INVITATION-ONLY!
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LECTURES, SYMPOSIA, ETC.
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Open Forum for Future Entrepreneurs: Wednesday, 9/5 from 10:30-11:30 in 141 Coordinated Science Lab (CSL)

In the new connected world, everyone in the world gets to participate in the economy.  Value creation has the same value irrespective of where it is created.  Also, the ideas get iterated faster and faster and the world will continue to change at an increasing pace.  Every change is lead by an entrepreneur.  Therefore, entrepreneurship will play an increasingly important role in the new global economy.

Dr. Desh Deshpande will talk about what one can do to prepare to be an entrepreneur.  He will draw on his experiences of three decades of experience in building companies from scratch including Cascade Communications, Sycamore Networks, Airvana, A123 Systems and Tejas Networks.

Dr. Deshpande will also be giving a CSL Distinguished Speaker Seminar from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. in Room B02 CSL titled "Central Role of University Research in the Innovation Economy."

For more information, please visit http://www.csl.uiuc.edu/index.asp

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Dear Colleagues and Friends:
Argonne National Laboratory is hosting the 18th Annual  Symposium for Undergraduates in Science, Engineering and Mathematics, to be held at the Laboratory on Friday and Saturday, November 2-3, 2007. Last year the Symposium was very successful in generating interest and enthusiasm among over 400 persons in attendance including undergraduates, Argonne scientists, university faculty, and graduate students. Please encourage your undergraduate students who are engaged in research to present the results of their work at this year's Argonne Symposium. Undergraduates not involved in research are also encouraged to attend to learn about the various research opportunities that are available at Argonne. All Symposium presenters and attendees are required to pre-register and submit abstracts online by the September 14, deadline. The registration fee includes a reception/banquet that will be held on Friday evening, November 2, 2007.
Instructions for preparation of abstracts, abstract submission, and registration information are available online at *http://www.dep.anl.gov/p_undergrad/ugsymp.*
We would appreciate it if you would post the Symposium Flyer where undergraduates are likely to see it. Selected abstracts and final program information will be posted on our website by October 15, 2007.
Thank you for your help in promoting this important event. Please distribute to your undergraduates. 
Sincerely,
The Symposium Organizing Committee
Regards,
L. Phaire-Washington, PhD
Senior Program Leader
Argonne National Laboratory
9700 South Cass Avenue/DEP 223
Argonne IL 60439-4845
Tel: 630-252-1751
Fax: 630-252-3193
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COMPUTER SCIENCE COLLOQUIUM
  (and Graduate Seminar)

Beyond Basic Search

Gary Marchionini
School of Information and Library Science
University of North Carolina
September 10 (Monday), 2007 at 4:00 p.m.
1404 Siebel Center for Computer Science

Research and development in information retrieval (IR) over the past half century has led to todays search engines and a new information industry. This industry does an adequate job of satisfying basic search requests for well-specified or highly specific information. Many research and development challenges remain, most notably, support for open-ended, learning and knowledge creation information goals and other kinds of exploratory search activities.  Achieving such goals typically requires iterative, ongoing information-seeking processes in ill-defined solution spaces and benefit from systems that are tuned as much to recall as they are to precision.  These kinds of searches require the information seeker to be actively engaged in examining and interpreting results that in turn may change the search strategy. In addition to the inherent intellectual and technical challenges this kind of search entails, it is very difficult to evaluate effectiveness without direct involvement of the human seeker -- a costly constraint. This talk will discuss some of the characteristics of exploratory search, current efforts to develop information seeking support systems that support them, and examples of evaluation techniques.

Bio:
Gary Marchionini is Cary C. Boshamer Professor in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he heads the Interaction Design Laboratory and the Open Video Project (http://open-video.org/). His current research projects focus on interfaces that support information seeking and information retrieval; usability of personal health records; video surrogation; personal identity in cyberspace; and evaluation of interactive media, especially for learning and teaching. He has had grants or awards from the National Science Foundation, the National Library of Medicine, the Library of Congress, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Kellogg Foundation, NASA, The National Cancer Institute, Microsoft, Google, and IBM. He has published over 150 articles, chapters and reports in a variety of books and journals and is author of a book titled "Information Seeking in Electronic Environments." He is Editor-in-Chief for the ACM Transaction on Information Systems and serves on the editorial board of ten other journals. He was the Conference Chair for ACM Digital Library '96 Conference and for the 2006 ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries. He was program chair for the 2002 ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries and Americas-chair for the ACM SIGIR 2005 Conference. He served as an at large member of the board of directors for the American Society for Information Science & Technology from 1998-2001 and currently is serving a four-year term (2006-2010) on the Biomedical Library and Informatics Review Committee of the National Library of Medicine. He was a co-organizer for workshops on exploratory search at SIGIR and SIGCHI in 2006.

August 27th Newsletter

To:  All CS Undergraduates        

From:  the CS Academic Office

CS Undergraduate Newsletter

August 27, 2007 

About the Newsletter:  This newsletter is one of your primary sources of information from the Department of Computer Science.  Every week, we'll send out important advising information, announcements, job/internship/contest opportunities, and information on upcoming events, symposia and lectures.  We try to confine our mass emailings to this one weekly newsletter (though we'll occasionally send out mass-email  announcements if they are particularly urgent).  Our apologies if you're receiving this email despite having graduated or left the university.  Our mailing lists are not quite up to date yet.

Advising and Course Information* Welcome!

* CORRECTION: CS 100 begins Tuesday, October 2

*  Proficiency exams for CS 173 (Discrete Mathematical Structures) and CS 225 (Data Structures and Software Principles)

* Some dates to keep in mind

* New course announcement:  CS 498 Special Topics -- Expressive grammar formalisms for natural language: Theory and Applications. 

Jobs, Internships, Contests and other opportunities

* Call for Participation in a NEW research-focused conference

for undergraduate women in CS to be held at Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh,PA), Oct. 5-7, 2007

* Especially for Students interested in Human-Computer Interaction:  Join the CALLAS community (Conveying Affectiveness in Leading-edge Living Adaptive Systems)

* * *Cazoodle Inc., a spin-off from Computer Science of UIUC, is looking

for *Software Coder* and *Cluster Manager* to join force for expanding

the frontier of Web search: to build next generation, "data aware"

search engines. Maybe that's you!!

* CS Student Awards Website. Also: Microsoft Fellowship & CRA Award Deadlines.

Lectures, Symposia, etc.

* Argonne National Laboratories 18th Annual  Symposium for Undergraduates in Science, Engineering and Mathematics - Present results of your research.  Registration and abstract due September 15th (see details below).

* Colloquium:  "Exploring the Power of Links in Data Mining," Professor Jiawei Han, Department of Computer Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, August 27 (Monday), 2007 at 4:00 p.m., 1404 Siebel Center for Computer Science

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ADVISING AND COURSE INFORMATION

* Welcome (or welcome back) for the Fall 2007 semester.  We hope you've had a good summer and are ready for a successful semester.  The staff in the CS Academic Office -- the advising office for all CS, Math & CS, and Statistics & CS majors -- is here to answer questions about degree requirements, policies and procedures and just about any other issue pertaining to your academics here at UIUC.  Office hours are 8:00 to 11:45 am mornings and 1:00 to 4:45 afternoons, M-F.  On rare occasions, the office may shut down for meetings or other events, but we usually limit these to an hour at most during low-traffic times.  You can also ask advising questions by emailing Steve Herzog, the full-time CS advisor, at smherzog@uiuc.edu.  To find out more about the academic office and the CS advising resources, visit the CS website's undergraduate advising wiki at https://agora.cs.uiuc.edu/display/undergradProg/CS+Department+Advising.  

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* A special note about CS 100 for new freshmen:  If you're a new freshman enrolled in CS 100 and you're wondering why the course doesn't appear on their schedule for the week on UI Integrate, here's the explanation:  CS 100 doesn't begin until Tuesday, October 10th.  A week or so before the class begins, we'll be sure to send a reminder to everyone enrolled

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* Proficiency exams for CS 173 (Discrete Mathematical Structures) and CS 225 (Data Structures and Software Principles) will be held Monday night, 9/3, at 8pm, in 2102 SiebelCenter.   If you are interested in signing up for either of these exams, please email Cinda: heeren@cs.uiuc.edu, by 8/31. 

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* Some Important Dates To Keep In Mind:* Monday, September 3:  Labor Day - No classes

* Wednesday, September 5:  Last day to add a full semester course

* Friday, October 12:  Last day to drop a course or change to Credit/No Credit (i.e. pass/fail)

* Monday, October 15:  Time tickets for early registration for spring available on Student Self-Service (UI-Integrate) -- this means you can find out when your earliest registration time will be** Monday, October 29:  First day of early registration for Spring 2008 (see* http://www.oar.uiuc.edu/current/registration/ to find out how registration times are distributed 

* Saturday, November 17 - Sunday, November 25:  Thanksgiving Break - No classes

* Friday, December 7:  Last day of instruction

* Saturday, December 8:  Reading day

** Monday, December 10 - Saturday, December 15:  Final exam period (don't count on being able to leave campus until December 16!)*

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NEW COURSE ANNOUNCEMENT

FALL 2007

CS 498

Prof. Julia Hockenmaier

JH3, CRN 42391 - Undergraduate OR graduate students

JH4, CRN 50658 - Graduate students ONLY

2:00-3:15 Tuesday/Thursday

1111 SiebelCenter

TOPIC:

Expressive grammar formalisms for natural language: Theory and Applications.   

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

What would it take for a computer to read, and understand, a newspaper? In order to construct a representation of the meaning of a text, it is necessary to parse its sentences, i.e. identify their grammatical structures.  Although compilers contain parsers too, natural languages are both more complex and more ambiguous than programming languages. Computational linguists have developed a number of expressive grammar formalisms that are intended to capture these additional complexities, as well as parsing models that use machine-learning techniques to find the most likely structure of a sentence. In order to achieve wide coverage (i.e. be able to deal with actual newspaper text) and high accuracy, these models require significant amounts of labeled training data — so-called treebanks, or corpora of sentences that were annotated with the correct analysis. In order to create a parser for a specific formalism, it is thus often necessary to first translate a treebank into the desired formalism.

This course will give an overview over the most commonly used formalisms in natural language processing and current research on grammar extraction and wide-coverage parsing.

Prerequisites: basic exposure to AI and /or machine learning, or an intro to natural language processing.

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JOBS, INTERNSHIPS, CONTESTS AND OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

* Cazoodle Inc., a spin-off from Computer Science of UIUC, is looking for *Software Coder* and *Cluster Manager* to join force for expanding

the frontier of Web search: to build next generation, "data aware"

search engines. Maybe that's you!!

* Common-sense CS background.

* Quick learner-- and we'll teach you!

Linux clusters, AJAX, Python, Java, C#.

* 10-20 hours per week.

* $13-$20 per hour.

* Let's talk:

   jobs@cazoodle.com

  admin.cazoodle@gmail.com

And, Cazoodle is:

* http://www.cazoodle.com/

* at the ResearchPark (near Assembly Hall).

* average age: 24.8 years as of August 1, 2007.

* also known as http://apartment.cazoodle.com

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* CS Student Awards Website. Also: Microsoft Fellowship & CRA Award Deadlines.

As the academic year gets underway, I am writing to direct your attention to the Student Awards Information Agora page for the Department of Computer Science, where you can find a listing of relevant upcoming award, scholarship, and fellowship opportunities, as well as additional resources.  https://agora.cs.uiuc.edu/display/studentawards

Many of these are external opportunities, but some (at the top of the page) will require an application through the Student Awards Committee for the selection of an official nominee or winner for the Department.  I hope that you will take a look at the page, and I wish you the best success in the new school year.

Also, at this time, I am announcing Departmental deadlines for the Microsoft Research Graduate Fellowship and the CRA Outstanding Undergraduate Award Program.  Additional information and requirements are available on Agora.

1) Microsoft Research Graduate Fellowship

When: Internal Deadline - 9/21/2007

Who: 2nd and 3rd year Ph.D. students

Award: 100% of tuition and fees plus a $20,000 stipend

https://agora.cs.uiuc.edu/x/BIEP

2) CRA Outstanding Undergraduate Award Program

When: Internal Deadline - 9/21/2007

Who: Undergraduates engaged in research; seniors are preferred.

Award: $1,000

https://agora.cs.uiuc.edu/x/24AP

On behalf of the Student Awards Committee,

Sincerely,

Colin Robertson

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* Call for Participation in a NEW research-focused conference for undergraduate women in CS to be held at Carnegie Mellon University *(Pittsburgh,PA), Oct. 5-7, 2007*

OurCS: Opportunities for Undergraduate Research In Computer Science

http://www.cs.cmu.edu/ourcs/

Kindly Sponsored by Microsoft Research

We are pleased to announce that Frances Allen, 2006 Turing Award Winner

will be our Distinguished Speaker.

Other Keynote speakers include

-Jennifer Chayes, Co-founder and Co-manager, Microsoft Theory Group

and Research Area Manager at Microsoft Research.and

-Jeannette Wing, Presidents' Professor of Computer Science, Carnegie

Mellon,

and Assistant Director of CISE, National Science Foundation.

The conference will give undergraduate women opportunities to:

--Meet others who share their curiosity and interest in computer science

--Discuss their research

--Tackle research problems with leaders from industry and academia

--Learn about life in graduate school

--Present a talk and/or poster:  great for first-timers!

Check out the website for details: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/ourcs/

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* Especially for Students interested in Human-Computer Interaction:  Join the CALLAS community (Conveying Affectiveness in Leading-edge Living Adaptive Systems) 

My name is Danny Lucchesi, a '03 grad from the U of I and I came across

your department at UIUC as I was researching affective computing

initiatives at the university. I'm working on behalf of a project called

CALLAS here in Italy,  which I'd like to present to your department. The

CALLAS (Conveying Affectiveness in Leading-edge Living Adaptive Systems)

Integrated Project intends to develop affective interface technology

which will be central to the new media experience such as: Digital

Theatre, Interactive TV, Augmented Reality Art, and Interactive public

performances. We would like to extend an invitation to visit our project

website (www.callas-newmedia.eu) and register as a member into the

CALLAS community. We don't have any American community members yet, and

as an alum I'd love to incorporate some members into our community from

UIUC. I wanted to ask if it would be ok to send some CALLAS brochures

that perhaps could be set out for some students or colleagues to take a

look at.

CALLAS is co-financed by the European Union within the Sixth Framework

Programme for RTD - (Contract IST-034800) and has started on 1 November

2006.

CALLAS incorporates an open and collaborative network of professionals

and organisations around the world who will actively take part within

the project. This community will have access to CALLAS technologies and

have priority in the adoption of CALLAS solutions.

We would like to invite to you to visit our website and see what CALLAS

can offer. Membership to the community is free and provides users with

the opportunity to interact with a network working together to advance

the state of the art in multimodal affective applications.

Thanks and looking forward to hearing from you,

Danny Lucchesi

CALLAS Communications

Metaware SpA

Pisa,Italy--------------------------------------------------------------------------

Lectures, Symposia, etc.

Dear Colleagues and Friends:

Argonne National Laboratory is hosting the 18th Annual  Symposium for Undergraduates in Science, Engineering and Mathematics, to be held at the Laboratory on Friday and Saturday, November 2-3, 2007. Last year the Symposium was very successful in generating interest and enthusiasm among over 400 persons in attendance including undergraduates, Argonne scientists, university faculty, and graduate students. Please encourage your undergraduate students who are engaged in research to present the results of their work at this year's Argonne Symposium. Undergraduates not involved in research are also encouraged to attend to learn about the various research opportunities that are available at Argonne. All Symposium presenters and attendees are required to pre-register and submit abstracts online by the September 14, deadline. The registration fee includes a reception/banquet that will be held on Friday evening, November 2, 2007.

Instructions for preparation of abstracts, abstract submission, and registration information are available online at *http://www.dep.anl.gov/p_undergrad/ugsymp.*

We would appreciate it if you would post the Symposium Flyer where undergraduates are likely to see it. Selected abstracts and final program information will be posted on our website by October 15, 2007.

Thank you for your help in promoting this important event. Please distribute to your undergraduates. 

Sincerely,

The Symposium Organizing Committee

Regards,

L. Phaire-Washington, PhD
Senior Program Leader
Argonne National Laboratory
9700 South Cass Avenue/DEP 223
ArgonneIL60439-4845
Tel: 630-252-1751
Fax: 630-252-3193

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 COMPUTER SCIENCE COLLOQUIUM

  (and Graduate Seminar)

    Exploring the Power of Links in Data Mining 

     Professor Jiawei Han

     Department of Computer Science

     UniversityofIllinois at Urbana-Champaign

     August 27 (Monday), 2007 at 4:00 p.m.

     1404 SiebelCenter for Computer Science    

Algorithms like PageRank and HITS have been developed in late 1990s to explore links among Web pages to discover authoritative pages and hubs.

Links have also been popularly used in citation analysis and social network analysis. We show that the power of links can also be explored in data mining for classification, clustering, information integration, and other interesting tasks. Some recent results of our research that explore the crucial information hidden in links will be introduced, including(1)multi-relational classification,(2)user-guided clustering, (3)link-based clustering,(4)object distinction analysis, and (5)veracity analysis among conflicting web information providers. The power of links in data mining will be demonstrated in these studies.