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California State University, Long Beach

Computer Engineering & Computer Science (CECS)

CECS Newsletter #6 for Fall 2007

  • October 5, 2007
  • by Dr. C van Lent

Newsletter Index

  1. Announcements
    • Deadline to register to graduate is Oct 15th
    • Mentoring opportunity
  2. Student Organizational Meetings
    • ACM
    • EAT
    • SWE
  3. Scholarship Opportunities
  4. Hopefully Helpful Information (HHI)
    • Academic Affairs Workshops
    • Getting ready for Grad School Applications
      • The GRE
      • The CSULB Annual Research Competition



The deadline to file for graduation is Oct 15th. Find answers to graduation questions at: How do I file for graduation?

IMPORTANT! You must see your advisor to go over your program planner in order to file.

Mentoring Opportunity

If you are a first generation college student who would like to be part of the Partners for Success program, please contact Dr van Lent as soon as possible. Partners is a program that matches students with a faculty mentor to help you navigate your way through the University experience. (You also get free lunch.) Freshmen are particularly encouraged to apply. Space is limited.

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Student Organizational Meetings

  • ACM – Have you ever wanted to help the Environment? Would you like a chance to win up $25,000 and a trip to Paris, France? This year the Microsoft Imagine Cup is giving students just that opportunity. If you are interested or have experience in Software Design, Embedded Development, Video Game Development, Digital Photography, Digital Film, and much much more then the Imagine Cup is for you. If you would like more information you can go to or Use reference code IC08CSULB if you do sign up. If you have any questions please fell to send an email to
  • EAT – Embedded Applications Technology holds meetings every Tuesday and Thursday at 4pm in ECS-304. All are welcome.
  • SWE – The next meeting for SWE will be October 16th, at 4:45 pm in ECS 305. All students (male and female) are welcome to attend and bring a friend.
    • SWE FUNDRAISER - On October 23rd BJ’s restaurant on 2nd street will donate a portion of the night’s proceeds to SWE from all patrons who bring a flyer. Flyers can be picked up from ECS 562 starting Oct 15th.
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Scholarship Opportunities (Graduate and Undergraduate)

The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)

For U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent resident aliens at or near the beginning of their graduate studies, this program offers a stipend of $30,000 a year for three years and a $10,500 cost of education allowance and a one-time $1,000 travel allowance. For application and deadline information, go to: NSF Fastlane. For additional program information, go to: National Science Foundation.

Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program

The purpose is to promote the education, recruitment and retention of outstanding undergraduate and graduate students in science, mathematics, and engineering studies; the DoD is also interested in supporting the education of future scientists and engineers in a number of interdisciplinary areas. Scholarships and fellowships awarded include salary or stipend, full tuition, required fees, federal employee benefits, and up to $1000 book allowance per year. The SMART Program will allow individuals to acquire an education in exchange for a period of employment with the Department of Defense. The program is intended for citizens and nationals of the United States; students must be at least 18 years of age to be eligible for an award. Application deadline is December 14, 2007. For information and to apply online, go to SMART

The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship Program (NDSEG)

The fellowship program is sponsored by the Army Research Office, Office of Naval Research, Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the DoD High Performance Computing Modernization Program. This program is intended for U.S. citizens at or near the beginning of their doctoral studies in science or engineering programs. The fellowships are for three year tenures and include full tuition and fees, a competitive stipend, and a health insurance allowance. The application deadline is January 7, 2008. Go to: NDSEG for applications and detailed program information.

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Hopefully Helpful Information

The Academic Affairs Office holds a number of on-going workshops for students. Topics include: Freshman Mandatory Advising, Graduation Checkups, Reinstatement Workshops, Sophomore Opportunities Sessions, and Strategies for Academic Success. Visit the Academic Advising Center Workshops Website

Thinking about going to graduate school?

  • The deadline for applying to graduate programs varies from university to university. However, regardless of where you are applying, you will most likely need to take the GRE and you should take it soon. For more information, see ets.gre
  • In addition, some sort of student research will make your application stand out. Think now about submitting your work to the CSULB Annual Research Competition. See: CSULB Annual Student Research Competition
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