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Computer Engineering & Computer Science (CECS)

CECS Newsletter 9 for AY 2008/09

January 26 2009

by Dr. Alvaro Monge

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Welcome Back!

Welcome back to a new semester. CSULB has recently been ranked among Top 50 'Best Value' Public Colleges for 2009 in United States as ranked by The Princeton Review. While we are in the midst of some uncertain times, it is good to recognize that you're on a campus that gives you the best bang for your buck!

Advising Corner

Advising resumes Spring 2009

Contact the department office to inquire about the days and times when each of the advisors is available. For computer science students, Dr. Monge is available 3 to 5pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, no appointments are necessary during these times, just come to my office in ECS-547. Additionally, I will also accept advising appointment requests that are outside of these stated times. Send me e-mail directly to request an appointment.

Spring 2009

Important deadlines

Enrollment services maintains a page with list of important deadlines for Spring 2009.

The deadline to sign up for the WPE is this Friday January 30. The test date is on February 21. You must now register for the WPE on-line. You can read more information about the WPE.

Class cancellations

Due to low enrollments, the department chair decided to cancel several classes. If you are affected by these class cancellations, please contact your adviser immediately to determine the best course of action.

CECS 261 and 282

Students who are required to take CECS 261, but who will have completed CECS 174, 274, 277 using Java as the programming language are required to enroll in CECS 282 rather than CECS 261. Knowledge of C and C++ is a requirement to computer systems classes (e.g. CECS 326 Operating Systems and other networking classes). Students should consult with their advisers as they are the ones who can help in determining which class to take. This Spring 2009 semester is the last semester when CECS 261 will be scheduled.

CECS 282 is a required course for students in the 2008/09 catalog. For prior catalog years, CECS 261 is the requirement. As stated above, students who have completed CECS 174, 274 and 277 in Java must enroll in CECS 282 rather than CECS 261. Furthermore, students who have completed this three-course sequence in C++ will not earn credit towards their degree by enrolling in CECS 282.

Please contact your advisor ASAP if you need more personal assistance regarding the change and in order to avoid taking the incorrect class.

Industry News


HENAAC Scholars Program

The HENAAC Scholars Program addresses the immense need that the United States has to produce more domestic engineers and scientists. The goal of the program is to insure college retention with a 3.0 grade point average or higher; to guarantee college graduation with an undergraduate technical degree in four-five years; and, to contribute to Hispanic communities by producing role models for future generations and securing the country's place as the finest technological leader in the world.

To qualify for a scholarship, applicants must be full time college students majoring in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) with an overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher and active in the Hispanic community. In addition to their scholarship, awardees will receive a complimentary student registration package to the 21st Anniversary HENAAC Conference which will take place October 8-10 in Long Beach, California. This package includes lodging, travel support and the scholarship check presented to them by their sponsor at the HENAAC Student Leadership Dinner. The scholarship application is now available on the\HENAAC website. The postmark deadline is April 30, 2009.

USC Institute for Creative Technologies Internships

USC ICT has several internship positions open, a complete list is provided on the USC ICT Interns website.

It's worth mentioning that three CSULB students started as interns with USC ICT and are now permanent employees there. This is a great opportunity, so check it out!

Research in Industrial Projects for Students

The Research in Industrial Projects (RIPS) Program provides an opportunity for high-achieving undergraduate students to work in teams on a real-world research project proposed by a sponsor from industry or a national lab. RIPS recruits its students from all over the world.

Eligible applicants include undergraduate students or recent graduates (December 2008 or May/June 2009). International students are eligible to apply for RIPS-LA. You must be the equivalent of an undergraduate student enrolled in a bachelors degree program.

Last year's RIPS-LA project sponsors included Arete, Symantec, Pixar, JPL, and Amgen. Students will be in-residence at UCLA for nine weeks.

RIPS-Beijing, in collaboration with Microsoft Research Asia, will run concurrently. Students will be in-residence in Beijing for eight weeks. English is the only language required for participation. U.S. citizens and permanent residents may apply through IPAM; Chinese nationals may apply through MSRA.

Applications are due February 15, 2009. Visit the RIPS Program website for complete information including how to apply.

NSF-STC Summer Undergraduate Internship Program

The National Science Foundation Science and Technology Centers (STCs) offer paid summer internships at our seventeen centers, located at prestigious universities around the United States . These summer internships provide undergraduates an opportunity to conduct research in a graduate school setting in the following fields: 1) biological sciences, 2) computer and information sciences, 3) engineering, 4) geosciences, and 5) mathematical and physical sciences.

These summer research opportunities are fully funded and are an excellent way to gain a competitive edge toward graduate school. The centers are currently accepting applications for the 2009 Summer Programs. Deadlines are rapidly approaching and I would like to encourage anyone interested to apply. For more information on participating Centers and their application process and deadlines please access our website at

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Wesley Uehara via email, the Recruiting Manager for the NSF-Science and Technology Centers.

Research Internships for Underrepresented Students

The CRA-W/CDC Distributed Research Experiences for Undergraduates (DREU) Program is a highly selective program that matches promising undergraduates with a faculty mentor for a summer research experience at the faculty member's home institution. The objective of the DREU is to increase the number of women and students from underrepresented groups entering graduate studies in the fields of computer science and engineering.

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 DREU.

An on-line Application for students and faculty mentors, more information about DREU, and webpages authored by previous participants are available at the DREU Program website

Application Deadline February 15, 2009

NASA Motivating Undergraduates in Science and Technology Program

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is sponsoring the Motivating Undergraduates in Science and Technology (MUST) Program, offering support to undergraduate students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines across the United States. Program participants receive a scholarship, NASA internship and access to a wealth of professional development opportunities.

The Program offers:

  • * A one year competitive scholarship covering up to one-half of tuition and fees, not to exceed $10,000 per academic year. The scholarship is renewable through the student's junior year pro-vided that all eligibility criteria continue to be met.
  • Support from MUST Professional and Academic Support System (PASS) providing scholars with an online student community and professional development/leadership training.
  • A $6,000 (10-week summer internship stipend) to participate plus transportation and location allowance not to exceed $1,000. Students will have the opportunity to participate in a paid intern-ship at one of ten nationwide NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) centers.
  • Invaluable resources, insight, and experience to further STEM education and career aspirations from the MUST Consortium, comprised of three member organizations: the Hispanic College Fund, the United Negro College Fund Special Programs Corporation, and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers.

Among the eligibility criteria is the requirement to be a U.S. citizen. Students from underrepresented groups (women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and individuals from rural and low-income communities) are encouraged to apply. Full eligibility criteria is found on the NASA MUST program website. You need to move fast on this, the application deadline is February 1.

NSF REU Programs

NSF has a program to provide Research Experience for Undergraduates. The deadlines to these programs is typically early February. If you're interested in these positions, you should view the list of REU Sites in Computer and Information Science and Engineering. In California, there are REU Sites at Harvey Mudd College (the nearest one to Long Beach), UCLA, Humboldt State, and USC.

University of Arizona REU

The Interdisciplinary Computational Thinking and Plant Biology Research Program for Undergraduates – Interdisciplinary UBRP-CT is a 12 week paid summer research experience (roughly $300/week) with many additional enrichment activities. The application deadline is Feb. 1, 2009

Quote of the Week

Begin – to begin is half the work, let half still remain;
again begin this, and thou wilt have finished

By Decimus Magnus Ausonius as it appears in

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