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CS Significant Bits E-Newsletter

 General Announcements

  • Hack KU Programming Competition. The Association of Computing Machinery at the University of Kansas is hosting a 36-hour programming competition where teams develop creative projects around a provided theme. HackKUwill be hosted at the University of Kansas from February 7th through the 9th and is certified by the Major League Hacking. This hackathon is a unique opportunity for you to create a cool app, website, hardware hack, or any other type of project that you would like, with a group of up to four total people. Aside from being a lot of fun, they will also be giving all participants plenty of swag, free meals will be provided for the duration of the event, there will be networking opportunities with and workshops hosted by companies and local clubs, and they will have prizes for winners. If you are interested, you can find more information and can register at hackku.org, otherwise you can direct any questions to info@hackku.org.

  • Hack K-State 2020 Elections. These elections will take place on Tuesday 12/10 @ 5:00 pm! If you are interested or have questions about what that would entail, go to their meetings the remainder of the semester, until finals week, in DUE 1117. You do not have to run for a position to be an organizer for Hack K-State! If you're unable to attend but are interested, please email team@hackkstate.tech! Everyone is eligible to run for all positions, regardless of experience, year, major, etc. It also looks great on a resume!

  • Hack K-State Organizers Needed. Hack K-State is the student hackathon at K-State and we are looking for students who are wanting to help organize the 2020 event! As an organizer for the event, you plan the event, work out the logistics for the weekend, and help create a positive and welcoming environment for participants. You get to work with sponsor companies, plan the schedule of events throughout the weekend, and plan fun mini-events to happen during the weekend as well. If you are interested in being an organizer, email team@hackkstate.tech or come to our organizer meetings which take place in DUE 1117 on Tuesday from 5:00-6:00!

  • Senior Design Presentations. See what our seniors are up to! Flyers can be seen below (organized by last name) that list the dates of their presentation, as well as their projects.

Undergraduate Opportunities

  • CoderDojo Volunteer and Community Outreach Opportunity

    • CoderDojo MHK is a great opportunity for students to get involved mentoring youth in the Manhattan and Geary County communities. The group is ran and founded by Kansas State Computer Science students. In the sessions, elementary and middle school students will work closely with technical mentors to develop deeper programming skills. Demand for mentors is high due to great attendance (about 25 youth per session). As a computer science student at Kansas State, you are invited to apply to become a mentor for CoderDojo and help teach programming to the next generation of leaders in technology. It is a great way to improve your teaching skills and professionally develop. To apply to be a mentor for Coderdojo, please click here.

Scholarships

  • SMART Scholarship

    • The SMART Scholarship is offered by the Department of Defense for anyone in the STEM fields. For more information, view their flyer or visit their website.

  • PixelPlex Scholarship

    • The $2,000 PixelPlex Bi-Annual Scholarship was established to help support students pursuing education in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), as well as economics and business. To apply, you must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, enrolled (or plan to attend) a college or university in the Unites States with a field of study related to science, technology, engineering, math (STEM), economics, or business. The deadline is December 20, 2019. View their website for more information on how to apply.

  • Indeema Software Scholarship

    • Indeema Software's mission is driving progress with tech skills and science. They lead educational courses & collaborate with research institutions in Lviv and Austria. They believe fresh minds evolve the IT industry. Indeema has decided to grant educational scholarships to students in the USA, where their head office is located. They know starting can be hard, and desire to create a stepping stone and encourage IT enthusiasts to build their career in an innovative landscape. To learn more and apply, visit their website.  The deadline to apply is March 1, 2020.

  • Mova.io Scholarship

    • Mova.io is a Mobile App Development company based in Ukraine. They are offering a $1,000 scholarship to a student who wants to challenge the community of novice students. View their website for how to apply. The deadline to apply is March 30, 2020.

  • Digiteum Scholarship

    • Digiteum has opened up their $2000 Internet of Things Scholarship to graduate & undergraduate students! This is an ideal opportunity to receive funding if you're passionate about the fields of IoT & Big Data, especially if you've been involved in relevant projects, or plan to pursue a career in design, engineering, architecture, or analytics within this field. The deadline to apply is April 1, 2020, so get your foot in the door now! 

  • Network-Olympus Scholarship

    • Every year, Network-Olympus offers a merit-based $1,000 scholarship award to a student of computer engineering or computer science. They are doing this because they know how expensive it may be for young adults to pay their tuition, and every little bit helps. Their program is available for US high-school seniors, graduates, and college students. View their website for requirements and the application. The deadline to apply is July 1, 2020.

  • DIGIS Scholarship

    • DIGIS is a software development and IT company based out of the Ukraine. They have opened up what will become an annual scholarship program awarded to students interested in these respective fields! The most important requirements are that you be a first-year undergrad, can provide examples of source-code on GitHub, can demonstrate at least one project, and are passionate! The deadline to apply is July 23, 2020, with full information being located on their website.

  • Integra Sources Scholarship

    • Integra Sources is an electronics design house providing custom software and hardware solutions and specializes in many different areas. The winning applicant will be rewarded $1,000 and encouraged to spend the grant on self-education purposes to acquire new skills and knowledge necessary for professional growth. Apply on their website. The deadline to apply is September 1st, 2020.

Graduate Opportunities

 

Graduation Information

Graduation Preparation is important! Visit this helpful website when preparing for graduation.

If you plan on graduating this fall, check out this link to start applying. Once you apply you will be put on an email list for events coming up!

 

Classes and Enrollment

  • History 301D, Games and History

    • More than 20 million people played Call of Duty: WW2 (2017) in the two months after it was released. An Assassin’s Creed game set during the French Revolution sold 10 million copies in its first month. The Civilization series has sold more than 40 million units. History serves as the material for some of the most successful game franchises ever.

      But what does a player learn or absorb from these and other games? Do games destroy useful historical thought? Or can they deepen our experience and understanding of the past? What do these games mean about how history works in our world today? This course will investigate these and related questions in three ways: first, by sketching out a history of electronic games themselves; second, by developing our theoretical language for describing the kinds of representation and work specific to electronic games as opposed to other media (such as text or film); and third by looking at specific games as examples of historical representation or argument.

      This class meets MWF 2:30-3:20 in Calvin 202.
      Questions? Contact Professor Brandom: ebrandom@ksu.edu

  • MC 490, Advertising in a Digital World

    • MC 490: Advertising in a Digital World is a new online class offered for spring 2020, open to all students, no pre-requisites listed and is the full semester. Just search KSIS #17987 or MC 490 ZA. In this class, you will learn the fundamentals of digital advertising: the customer journey, digital advertising strategy, taking a business online, digital advertising design, analytics & automation, digital branding, artificial intelligence, digital advertising technologies, get google-certified.

  • ART 196, Intro to Western Art History

    • This class covers everything from the Enlightenment to the emergence of modernity. No required textbooks, as it utilized resources freely available online, as well as the interactive Top Hat platform. It satisfies the K-State 8 Aesthetic Interpretation and Historical Perspectives categories.

  • ART 300, 3D Imaging and Modeling

    • This class teached 3D modeling software and allows students to print their designs on 3D printers. This course is 3 credit hours and satisfies the Aesthetic K-State 8 requirement. The course takes place Monday through Friday, 11:30am-4:30pm January 6th-17th. This is a global campus course during the winter break intersession, section ZA, KSIS code 17725.

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