Second Annual CS Career Fair

The Computer Science department held the second annual CS Career Fair Thursday October 15th. Over 100 students visited with representatives of a dozen companies representing over 100 open positions in Montana. Students from 17 majors were present, showcasing the job prospects available for all students with CS skills. The fair was held in the University Center atrium.12

Arxan Cyber Security Scholarship

Arxan Technologies is a private cyber security company that provides application protection and anti-tamper solutions for a variety of defense and commercial software.

They are proud to be offering a $2,000 scholarship to one student each semester who can showcase their knowledge, passion, and dedication to advancements in field of cyber security.

Award Amount: $2,000

Number of Awards: 1 per semester

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall Semester: Sept. 30, 2015
  • Spring Semester: Jan. 31, 2016

Eligibility Requirements:
Student must be enrolled in one of the following programs:

  • Cyber Security
  • Computer Science
  • Information Technology
  • Computer Software Engineering

To apply, please visit

Learning programming from blocks

Introductory level programming (CSCI250) students begin programming using simple blocks. According to Professor Johnson, the blocks have several of the hallmarks of computer programs including:

  • a limited vocabulary, they can be placed horizontally, vertically, or flat,
  • infinite expressiveness,
  • and repeating structures.

Most importantly, according to Johnson everyone can stack blocks, and everyone can program computers. What’s more, most people have fun doing it!

The challenge was to make the highest tower possible with 25 blocks.

A student cautions Johnson on proper measuring technique. These structures can fall over easily


Students ponder the arithmetic of creating a higher tower. Limited to 25 blocks, students had to make efficient use of every block.

The blocks have to be stacked oh so carefully to avoid having the entire structure fall to the ground.

Stanford Professor Presents at UM

Dr. Gill BejerGill Bejeranoano (Gill’s homepage) from Stanford, a collaborator with Travis Wheeler, was on campus June 26, and presented to faculty and students in the Interdisciplinary Sciences Building.

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Graduate student receives fellowship for summer 2016

Alex Nord has just been awarded a Center for Biomolecular Structure and Dynamics Graduate Student Fellowship for the summer of 2016. The fellowship will support Alex while he continues research in Travis Wheeler’s lab, where he develops methods that improve biological sequence database search in HMMER (specifically, using spaced seeds to boost both speed and sensitivity in the context of sequence database search with profile hidden Markov models).

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CS Students Present at Graduate and Undergraduate Conferences

Two students from Computer Science presented at the 2015 Undergraduate (UMCUR, April 15) and Graduate (April 16) Conferences.

  • Emily Palmieri, Graduate Student, An Adventurous E-Reader for Non-Linear E-Books
  • Andrea Johnson, Undergraduate, LabVIEW Data Acquisition System

University of Montana Hosting Cyber Security Lecture

KPAX report: University of Montana hosting cyber security lecture

7656329_GRon Baldwin, chief information officer for the State of Montana, and Lynne Pizzini, deputy CIO and the chief information security officer for the State of Montana “will provide information on May 5 on how the State of Montana works to protect citizen data and state computer systems in an ever-changing technological environment during the ‘State of Montana Cyber Security from an Enterprise Perspective’ lecture.”


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