2016 Computer Science High Tech Career Fair

20161013_110807The department hosted its third annual high tech career fair last week. More than one hundred students attended from 17 majors. Corporate attendees from ten high tech companies attended to fill dozens of open entry level positions–mostly in Montana.
Computer science provides high paying jobs in Montana and nationwide, with gaps between supply and demand increasing at a record pace. The demand makes for very competitive salary offers, particularly in contrast to other industries, where Montana wages tend to be lower than national averages.

Professor Reimer awarded NSF grant to grow CS across Montana

Professor Yolanda Reimer, together with UM colleague Lisa Blank (T&L) and other faculty from around the state, has been awarded a grant from the NSF CS10K program to “Grow Computer Science Curriculum, Diversity, and Teacher Preparedness across Montana.” The goals of this project are to enhance computer science offerings at high screimerhools around the state, increase the diversity of students who engage in computer science, and add to the number of teachers trained to teach CS at the high school level. Professor Reimer will co-teach the “Joy and Beauty of Computing” class at Sentinel HS in Missoula this fall, and develop a follow-on course in Computer Science Principles. Professional development opportunities will be offered to teachers from around the state beginning in the summer of 2017. For questions about this project or to get involved, contact Yolanda Reimer (yolanda.reimer@umontana.edu).

Summer camps update

CS lecturer Michael Cassens is wrapping up yet another another iteration of our popular Camp series, in which middle- and high-school students create interactive apps and games for phones, tablets and more. Over the course of the camp, they learn a number of computer programming environments including: Kodu, Scratch, HTML, App Inventor, Alice, CodeStudio, Processing, CodeCombat, and/or Minecraft.

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Commencement 2016

Congratulations to the University of Montana Computer Science Graduates of 2016!


Scott Hinshaw Interview on Orbital Shift Internship

The owner of Orbital Shift, Kevin O’Reilly, graduated from the University of Montana with a Master of Science in Computer Science. See what Scott Hinshaw, a Management Information Systems Senior with minors in Computer Science & Mathematics, had to say about his experience interning for Kevin’s company in Internship Service’s recent interview.

UM Computer Science Students Create Astronomy Teaching Tool

Six University of Montana computer science seniors have reached for the stars by launching an interactive website to help teach physics and astronomy.

UM students Alexander Dunn, Aaron Cameron, Benjamin Campbell, Dillon Wood, Michael Kinsey and Rebecca Faust worked on the project as part of a course taught by computer science Professor Joel Henry (Advanced Programming: Theory and Practice II). They also collaborated with Diane Friend, a lecturer in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

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Dr. Jesse Johnson shows geothermal heat contributes to Greenland ice melt

An international team that includes University of Montana Computer Science Professor Jesse Johnson has learned that the Earth’s internal heat enhances rapid ice flow and subglacial melting in Greenland.

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