Apply Now! Undergrad Newmark WiT Scholarships

The Department of Computer Science is now taking applications for the Fall 2019 Undergraduate Newmark Women in Tech Scholarships! These scholarships will cover at least $5,000 in tuition for Fall 2019.
Female undergraduate students in good academic standing majoring in Computer Science or Data Science with sophomore standing or above are eligible to apply.

We will primarily consider financial need, as well as scholarship, service, and diversity when selecting scholarship recipients. The application will ask for:

  • Name, email, student ID, overall GPA, and major GPA
  • Current financial aid information
  • Details about work outside of class
You will be asked to answer the following essays:

  • If awarded, how will receiving this scholarship contribute to your academic success at USF next year? Please keep your response under 300 words.
  • Please describe your scholarship and service, including concrete evidence where possible. This can include a mix of your GPA, individual class grades, class projects, side projects, research projects, internships, community service and volunteer work, and more. Please keep your response under 500 words.
  • How would receiving the undergraduate Newmark Women in Tech scholarship contribute to your career goals after you graduate? Please keep your response under 300 words.

You will also be asked for the contact information of two faculty advocates. Please be sure to reach out to these faculty members BEFORE submitting this application!

For full consideration, applications must be submitted by March 29, 2019. See http://bit.ly/newmark2019 for details.

Craig Newmark Gives $230,000 to Support USF Women in Tech Initiative

The University of San Francisco’s (USF) Department of Computer Science is thrilled to announce a $230,000 gift from Craig Newmark, the founder of craigslist and Craig Newmark Philanthropies, to help fuel the department’s Women in Tech initiative. This extraordinary gift is a continuation of Newmark’s longstanding commitment to supporting gender equality in technology. His goal is to help more women become interested in coding early on in their educational careers and to aid in the fostering of an inclusive environment for all women in tech.

Newmark’s donation will directly impact five areas in Computer Science at USF: the Women in Tech Student Club, a summer girls coding workshop (Girl Tech Power), research opportunities for women in technical disciplines, the sending of students to the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Tech and the Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Tech, as well as two new scholarships for both undergraduate and graduate women. The primary goal of this initiative is to increase the number of women in the Computer Science and Data Science majors and minors, thereby helping to provide more women with opportunities to thrive in the tech sector. Nationally, about 16 percent of computer science undergraduates are women, while at USF women represent more than 30 percent of Computer and Data Science students. The department has the long-term mission of helping to achieve gender parity in tech.

BSCS Alumni Profile: Marilyn Cruz ’18

BSCS AlumThe University of San Francisco’s Department of Computer Science is a diverse community that welcomes students from all over the world and from many different backgrounds, going on to do incredible things in the world. One such recent alumni is Marilyn Cruz (BSCS ‘18)  and she is making a impact at Snapchat. Continue reading “BSCS Alumni Profile: Marilyn Cruz ’18”

Professor Matthew Malensek Awarded 2018 Outstanding PhD Dissertation Award

This winter, USF Computer Science wants to congratulate assistant faculty member, Matthew Malensek. Matthew was recently awarded the the 2018 Outstanding PhD Dissertation Award from the IEEE technical committee on scalable computing! See photos from the event below. Continue reading “Professor Matthew Malensek Awarded 2018 Outstanding PhD Dissertation Award”

Craig Newmark Thank You Celebration

During the holidays, it is important to give thanks to those that help make USF Computer Science the wonderful place that it is. This year, we were able to send over 30 students to the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, engage in a wide-range of research projects, and provide mentorship for many students thanks to the generosity of Craig Newmark. Continue reading “Craig Newmark Thank You Celebration”

17th Annual Computer Science Night

Come join us for the 17th Annual Computer Science Night celebration on Thursday, December 6. Enjoy refreshments while you check out the CS senior and masters projects, and listen to a panel of CS Alumni as they discuss their experiences in the tech industry and current trends in the field. All alumni, students, and friends of USF Computer Science are invited, so please spread the word!

Schedule:
5:30 pm: CS Alumni Reception | Faculty and Staff Lounge (UC 222)
6:30 pm: Student Poster Session, Networking and Refreshments | LoSchiavo Center, Ground Floor
7:30 pm: CS Alumni Panel | McLaren 250

We look forward to seeing you December 6th!

Register now!

Fall 2018 State of the Department

The USF Computer Science department is thriving with four new tenure-track faculty members, two new research labs, a new graduate “Bridge” program that readies graduates from other majors for a Master’s in CS, and graduate enrollments that have doubled since 2016 and undergraduate enrollments that have tripled since 2013. The department is the largest and most diverse it has ever been in terms of both faculty, students, and expertise.

New Faculty

The new faculty members include Beste Yuksel who just started her third year and works in Human- and Brain-Computer Interfaces, Matthew Malensek (2nd year) who works in Big Data, David Guy Brizan (2nd year in CS) who works in Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning, and Vahab Pournaghshband (1st year) who works in Networks and Security. Hiring in CS is a huge challenge and we are thrilled to have added these terrific teachers and researchers to our department, and to have broadened our areas of expertise. Continue reading “Fall 2018 State of the Department”

USF Computer Science Sends First Cohort to Tapia

Each year, the Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing brings students, professionals, and academics together to acknowledge, promote and celebrate diversity in computing. Participating for the first time, USF Computer Science sent five students to Orlando, Florida to participate, network, and recruit upcoming diverse computing leaders.

This year’s conference, themed Roots of Innovation “reminds us to celebrate the historical role of diversity with respect to STEM innovation, and declare it as a standard essential set of roots for computing innovation in the future.” We asked the student participants to share their experience at this year’s conference: Continue reading “USF Computer Science Sends First Cohort to Tapia”

USF Computer Science Sends Largest Cohort to Grace Hopper

The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is the largest celebration of it’s kind in the world. It provides attendees with an unforgettable experience, filled with amazing opportunities and exceptional content focused around women in technology. Women from all across the world come to network, learn, and discuss their experiences and wisdom from the tech industry.

This year, the Department of Computer Science sent our largest cohort of 32 students, two faculty, and two staff to the conference in Houston, Texas. This was made possible through the generous support of the Craig Newmark Foundation. We asked the students to share their experience at this year’s conference. Continue reading “USF Computer Science Sends Largest Cohort to Grace Hopper”