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Computer Engineering & Computer Science (CECS)

CECS Newsletter #11 for Fall 2008

January 24, 2008

by Dr. Alvaro Monge


Welcome back!

Classes begin Monday January 28th! Be sure to allow time to find parking, especially in the first week and also because of the construction hastemporarily limited the number of parking spaces with the closure of Lot 11A.

CECS Advisors

This is a reminder that Dr. Johnson continues as the advisor for Computer Engineering majors while Dr. Monge takes over as the advisor for Computer Science majors. Check the department office for the advising hours they will have for Spring 2008.

Java as the language of instruction for CECS 174, 274, 277

In the Fall 2007 semester, the department voted to change the language of instruction used in CECS 174, 274, and 277 to Java. This change has started Spring 2008 as all sections of CECS 174 are now using Java. The transition to Java will continue in the next two semesters following this schedule:

Spring 2008: CECS 174 taught in Java. CECS 274 and 277 taught in C++.

Fall 2008: CECS 174 and all but one section of CECS 274 taught in Java, one section of CECS 274 in C++. CECS 277 continues to be taught in C++.

Spring 2009: CECS 174, CECS 274 all taught in Java. All but one section of CECS 277 taught in Java. One section of CECS 277 in C++.

Fall 2009: The transition is completed as all sections of CECS 174, 274, and 277 taught in Java. The schedule above allows students to continue to be taught in the language that they start programming in. Students are encouraged not to delay taking these courses as any delay will make it more challenging to schedule the class you will need. Students should contact their advisors for any questions they might have.

CECS 174 Lab assistants needed for Spring 2008

We are looking to hire students as lab assistants for CECS 174, the position pays $10/hr. You must be comfortable with programming in Java as that is now the new programming language of instruction. In addition, you need to be enrolled in at least 6 units during the semester. Those interested should contact Dr. Alvaro Monge ASAP in order to start the paperwork to hire you and get you ready to start assisting in the labs. His e-mail address is:, please use “CECS 174 lab assistant” in the subject line.

Plan your CS electives

Students are reminded to choose CS electives by keeping in mind the recommendations given to the department chair on when to schedule these electives. Newsletter #10 has these recommendations.

Student Organizations

Embedded Applications Technology (EAT)

Welcome to Spring 2008 at the College of Engineering! EAT is a club for computer enthusiasts in every area, with a special emphasis on embedded systems design. Come check out what we have planned and contribute some of your ideas for the coming semester - social outings, conferences, competitions, everything is welcome! Our first meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 31, 2008 at 4pm in ECS-304. Free pizza for all who attend! Hope to see you there, and best wishes for Spring 2008! Please visit our website Embedded Applications Technology, contact the secretary, or stop by our office in ECS-303 for more information.

Scholarship/Fellowship Information

National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program

The deadlines to apply for the NSF REU programs are fast approaching. These were described in the Newsletter 10. For example, Hope College in Michigan has an REU program that pay $4,000 and there are 5 projects available ranging from Computing Games and Bioinformatics to Parallel Processing. Here's a link to their program description: Hope College Summer Research 2008 Information.

ACM-W scholarships

Women at all levels of study, including undergraduate, are eligible for up to $500 scholarships for attendance at research conferences. Applications for the next funding cycle is February 1 for conferences in March and April.

Note that the attendee does not have to be presenting at the conferences. ACM is particularly interested in women for whom the conference experience might encourage her to “move on to the next step” – an undergraduate who might decide to pursue graduate study, a Masters student who might decide to go on for a Ph.D. More information and the application are available at ACM-W Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences

QEM Internship Program

The Quality Education for Minorities (QEM) Network from the Office of Integrative Activities at the National Science Foundation (NSF) offers the QEM Network Internship Program. More information about this internship program can be found at: QEM Internship Program. The deadline to apply is January 25, 2008. Note that CSULB is now a Hispanic-Serving Institution and thus students are eligible for these internships.

UC Santa Barbara Summer Research Opportunities

UCSB has two different summer research programs available for undergraduates, ARC and GRIP. The UCSB Academic Research Consortium (ARC) is an eight-week summer research program for undergraduates just completing their junior year, and for CSU Pre-Doctoral Scholars. ARC participants assist a UCSB Faculty member with graduate-level research projects, and participate in a variety of activities designed to develop skills necessary for success at the graduate level, from funding workshops and writing classes to GRE prep and career guidance. The goal of ARC is to prepare outstanding students for graduate study. More information and applications are available online: Diversity & Outreach Academic Research Consortium.

The UCSB Graduate Research Internship Program (GRIP) provides graduate students in the sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics with training and skills to effectively compete for doctoral programs and post-doctoral research opportunities. In addition to mentored work in the research laboratory, each student completes an independent project (e.g. a proposal, a publication, a literature review) as agreed upon by student and mentor./ GRIP is funded by the National Science Foundation AGEP program, a partnership between the National Science Foundation and the University of California that works to increase the number of minority students earning doctorates in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Particular emphasis is placed on supporting groups that historically have been underrepresented in STEM disciplines: African Americans, Alaskan Natives, American Indians, Hispanic Americans and Native Pacific Islanders. More information and applications are available online: GRIP: THE UCSB GRADUATE RESEARCH INTERSHIP PROGRAM.

NASA Aeronautics Scholarship Program

The NASA Aeronautics Scholarship Program is now being administered by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). It is expected that approximately 20 two-year undergraduate, and 5 three-year graduate scholarships will be awarded annually to students pursuing aeronautical engineering and related fields. Total allocated award amounts are up to $40,000 for undergraduates and up to $125,000 for graduates. These funds will go towards tuition and related costs, as well as to provide paid summer internship opportunities at NASA research center. Completed applications will be collected electronically from February 22nd through March 17th, 2008. To learn more about eligibility requirements, award benefits, application instructions, and to apply online, visit About the NASA Aeronautics Scholarship Program, or contact with any questions regarding this program.


UC EDGE: Graduate Recruitment Day

On February 20, 2008, UCLA will host UC EDGE: Graduate Recruitment Day on behalf of the ten campuses of the University of California. This program welcomes undergraduate students and faculty to hear about how to prepare for and apply to graduate programs offered at each of the UC campuses. Students who attend will:

  • Receive an inside look at graduate school through presentations on the application process.
  • Participate in discussions with current UC graduate students and faculty. Visit elite research labs on the UCLA campus.
  • Hear about many opportunities to participate in summer research programs offered at all 10 UC campuses.
  • Enhance their prospects of being selected to a UC summer research program and/or a UC doctoral program

The UC Graduate Recruitment Day program is designed to meet the interests of students in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), SBE (Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences), and Humanities areas of study. Undergraduates and Master's students will receive a full day of workshops comprised of: 1) The Graduate Application Process; 2) Negotiating Graduate School; 3) UC Resource Fair; 4) GRE Workshop.

UC Recruitment Day Fee

  • $50 - Participation Fee

A registration form is available from Dr. Monge and it must be completed and returned with payment by January 25, 2008.

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