Google Student Blog: Applications are open for 2018 scholarship opportunities in the US, Canada, and EMEA!

Google is proud to offer academic scholarships and development opportunities to students from historically underrepresented groups pursuing computer science degrees. We aim to help students from diverse backgrounds become future leaders and role models in computing and technology by breaking down the barriers that prevent them from entering these fields.  Selected students will receive a financial award for the 2018-19 academic year and be invited to the annual Google Scholars’ Retreat in their region next summer. At the retreat, scholars will participate in networking and development sessions, including sessions on how to lead outreach in their communities. Scholars also join long term a community of former scholarship recipients for continued networking and development.  Read more to check the details of each program here

 

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Game with US Game Jam

A cool online event that some of my student in various classes might have an interest in. Read there description below:

A game jam is an event where people get together and make games over the 48 hours of a weekend. While that may not sound like much time, you’d be surprised at what you can do with a motivated team and a short amount of time. Participants prototype, design and create a video game based on a secret theme that is announced at the start of the event. The constraints of the time limit and secret theme encourages creative thinking between participants with different backgrounds and skill sets, and results in small but innovative or experimental games. Don’t stress that you might not have a finished product by the end of the weekend. Game jams are about discovery, innovation, and creativity. Not everyone has a finished product at the end – one of your biggest takeaways is a valuable learning experience. The “jam” in “Game Jam” is a reference to the musical jam sessions performed by bands and artists. The biggest reason to join a game jam is to have fun. Either exploring a new gaming concept or practicing your artistic skills, you will have a blast learning and making new friends – all while developing and playing video games!

Read more here

Computer Science Alumni

As a follow up to a previous post from this year, I want to start focusing some of my attention to highlighting the success of alumni from my Computer Science program. I have tried to maintain contact with several alumni who have gone on to great success in various fields of Computer Science, but as we know life is busy! This year, I hope to reconnect and expand the alumni page on this website as well as a recognition board here at the school. Here are a few photos from a few alumni dinners and other events from the past few years…