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CS Significant Bits E-Newsletter

 General Announcements

  • Tau Beta Pi Food Drive will be taking place from February 10-21. Most needed food items at Cats' Cupboard are currently granola bars, rice, peanut butter, jelly, and all vegetables besides green beans, although any contributions are welcome. They have also specifically requested hygiene items of deodorant, toothpaste, shampoo/conditioner, and bar soap/body wash. The Cat's Cupboard website has a more detailed list of what they will accept. The winning department will receive a traveling trophy until the next food drive. For Computer Science, donations can be dropped off in the front office at DUE 2184.

  • PickHacks Missouri Hackathon is from April 3-5 at Missouri University of Science and Technology. This is a free event provided with free transportation. For more information and to register, visit their event website or email team@hackkstate.tech. Some students have found that their verification email does not always properly send to your KSU email. If you have problems, email team@hackkstate.tech and they will notify them and then you should register using a personal email. As well, when you register, it is an application, it does not guarantee entry to the event. Follow the instructions in the emails they send out to ensure you are registered properly.

  • Third Annual Stock Pitch Challenge is on March 27. The top non-business major group that participates will receive a $500 prize. You must register for this event by February 15 by visiting their event website.

  • CyfHER Workshop. This workshop is geared towards undergraduate women interested in cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, and visualization. You can view their flyer for more information. This event is on March 16-19, 2020. Register and view the schedule on their website. The deadline to register is March 9.

  • U.S Customs and Border Protection is Hiring. DHS is hiring for both law enforcement and non-law enforcement careers. The non-law webinar will take place on February 26 from 1-2 pm EST and the law webinar on February 25 from 1-2 pm EST. Be sure to register by selecting the appropriate webinar so you can receive the follow-up materials with additional information. If you have any questions, send an email to cbppathwaysprograms@cbp.dhs.gov.

  • Snyder Leadership Legacy Fellows is a year-long program for students entering into their final year at Kansas State University. Students are selected each spring to deepen their knowledge of leadership, connect with mentors to explore the transition from student to professional life, elevate their passion for service, and experience real-world opportunities to exercise leadership skills. For more information about the program, visit their website. The application deadline is February 21.

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.

  • Cargill Global Scholars Program

    • Applications are now open for the Cargill Global Scholars Program - a distinctive 2-year scholarship and enrichment program providing financial support, mentorship, and the unique opportunity for U.S. college students to travel to two leadership development seminars at Cargill HQ in Minneapolis, including meeting fellow Global Scholars from Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, and Russia. Applicants must be an Undergraduate freshman or sophomore, a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, and demonstrate high academic performance and leadership potential. Please review the flyer for details on the program. The deadline to apply is March 5 and the application can be found on their website.

  • Master's of Science at Georgia Tech

    • Georgia Tech is offering an MS in Quantitative and Computational Finance online or on campus. Fall 2020 Deadline to apply is February 15th (standard). Spring 2021 Deadline to apply is September 1st (standard) and October 1st (final). Visit their website for more details or view their flyer.


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Cargill Fellows

    • Fellows will be students in the Colleges of Agriculture, Business Administration, and Engineering and have an interest in professions that help nourish the world. They will engage in a yearlong leadership development program in a cohort comprising of 15-20 students. The program includes a $1,000 scholarship, guarenteed interview for an internship opportunity at Cargill, participation in monthly one-on-one leadership coaching with a Cargill coach, unique and exclusive networking opportunities with Cargill professionals, site visits to area Cargill facilities, headquarters, plants, and other locations, and cohort enrichment activities including leadership case studies, diversity and inclusion seminars, retreats, and more. View more information on their website. The deadline to apply is March 17.

  • 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!

  • PixelPlex Scholarship

    • PixelPlex Scholarship is offering a $2000 bi-annually to students of the Department of Computer Science. To be eligible students must be a U.S. citizen, be enrolled at KSU, and studying a science related topic: technology, engineering, etc. The deadline is June 5 and the second deadline is December 5. For more information go to their website

  • 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


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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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