Students in the Department of Computing Sciences are encouraged to make the most of the following opportunities for community involvement.
CSC Peer Tutors
Computer Science majors provide knowledgeable and constructive information, advice, support, and feedback to their peers, in order to enhance the overall quality of the student's experiences here at Villanova. Contact faculty moderators Prof. Barbara Zimmerman or Dr. Mary-Angela Papalaskari for more information or better yet, visit the CSC Peer Tutors Web Site.
Project at Julio de Burgos Elementary School
Villanova has had a collaboration project with Julia De Burgos Elementary School in Philadelphia for a number of years. Students and faculty members from Villanova's Computing Science Department have provided technological support for the school's systems, as well as provided its students with opportunities to learn more about computers and technology. Students were given refurbished laptops, as well as brought to campus for a number of educational workshops.
Contact the faculty advisor Dr. Mary-Angela Papalaskari for more information.
Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE) Honor Society
The mission of UPE is to recognize academic excellence at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in the Computing and Information Disciplines. Despite its comparative youth, Computing Science has had an unparalleled effect on almost every aspect of contemporary life. Indeed it is difficult to predict the ultimate place of the computer in our world. It is the express purpose of Upsilon Pi Epsilon to promote the Computing Sciences and to encourage its contribution to the enhancement of knowledge.
Contact the honor society moderator Dr. Frank Klassner for more info.
ACM Student Chapter
From the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) Student Chapter website: "Student Chapters provide unique opportunities for networking, mentoring and bonding over common interests. They provide support both within the student community and to local communities outside the institution." This organization works closely with the ACM-W organization described below.
Contact the ACM moderator Dr. Ben Mitchell for more info.
ACM-W Student Chapter
From the ACM-W (Association for Computing Machinery Council on Women in Computing) website: "ACM-W supports, celebrates, and advocates internationally for the full engagement of women in all aspects of the computing field, providing a wide range of programs and services to ACM members and working in the larger community to advance the contributions of technical women." Our mission is to support women in Computer Science by providing opportunities for social interaction and professional development, and to increase the number of women in the field through outreach activities.
Every year our ACM-W group is an active participant in the Villanova Women in Tech Conference.
Contact the ACM-W moderator Prof. Kristin Obermyer for more info.
Facebook page of the group is available at: VWCS
Each academic year the Department of Computing Sciences organizes one or more teams to represent Villanova at various programming competitions. Both graduate and undergraduate students are welcome to earn a position on one of our teams. Chief among our goals is to do well at the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest, which is the largest and most prestigious competition of its type. Teams that do well in regional competitions move on to the international contest.
Contact team coach Dr. Daniel Joyce for more details.
Students in the Department of Computing Sciences who are traveling to conferences or workshops to present their research or participate in approved activities may be able to receive financial support for the trip. Travel funds can be used for flights, conference registrations, lodging, and meals.
Undergraduate students should apply for travel support by contacting Dr. Daniel Joyce, the Chair of the Department of Computing Sciences. Send an email to him explaining the purpose and details of your trip.