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Award for AIT Budapest: IIE Europe Award for Excellence

Some good news for AIT Budapest, a place where several CS majors have spent their junior semester abroad or summer internship.  You can see pictures of the event (and of Naomi and Pratistha who are finishing their fall semester there) here:
AIT-Budapest has some exciting news to share as 2013 winds down. Just last week the [ >> more ]

December 16th, 2013 · Tags: Articles, Events, Study Abroad

New Facebook Group: Smithies in CS

The CS student liaisons invite you to check out a new Facebook page:
More information about this page to come at a later date…

November 18th, 2013 · Tags: Articles

I Am Woman, Watch Me Hack

This Sunday’s New York Times Magazine featured an article on women in computer science.
Read the article:

October 28th, 2013 · Tags: Articles

Learn coding, or else!

In a WSJ op-ed, Kirk McDonald, president of an ad tech company in Manhattan, has a strong message for all college grads (not CS majors): you’d better know programming, or else!
Read more here:

May 14th, 2013 · Tags: Articles

Undergrad Computer Science Enrollments Rise for Fifth Straight Year — CRA Taulbee Report

The number of new undergraduate computing majors among U.S. computer science departments rose an astonishing 29.2 percent this year, according to new data released today by the Computing Research Association.
The data appears in Computing Degrees and Enrollment Trends, a special report from the 2011-2012 CRA Taulbee Survey of the organization’s member departments. Among [ >> more ]

March 9th, 2013 · Tags: Articles

Software Engineering Careers Continue to Boom

“What a difference two years makes. When Today’s Engineer last looked at software engineering careers in March 2011, the industry was as hot as hot could be. Twenty-three months later, software engineering is even hotter, with more demand for talented professionals than ever, and nowhere close to enough people to fill all of the open positions.”
Read more:

February 14th, 2013 · Tags: Articles, Jobs

A Reboot in Recruiting Women Into Computer Science

An interesting article brought to our attention by Joe O’Rourke:
“[…] An increasingly rare breed—women majoring in computer science. Nationwide, women earned only 18 percent of the bachelor’s degrees awarded in computer science in 2010, according to the National Science Foundation. That’s less than half the proportion in 1985, when 37 percent of those degrees went to women.”

October 31st, 2012 · Tags: Articles

Consider writing an article for Smith Scientific!

An email received from Abby Azari:
My name is Abby Azari and I am the current science editor for Smith Scientific. Smith Scientific is a rather new club, our first semester was last year. We are a science journal for Smith College written by students! It is our goal to write quality science articles that reflect the [ >> more ]

October 26th, 2012 · Tags: Articles

11.7% female CS undergrads

From the just-released Taulbee Survey, a remarkable statistic:
“The fraction of women among bachelor’s graduates decreased in CS this year, from 13.8% in 2009-10 to 11.7% in 2010-11.”
–Joe O’Rourke

May 16th, 2012 · Tags: Articles

Giving Women the Access Code

Giving Women the Access Code: NYT 4/3/12
This article is about what the female president at Harvey Mudd is doing to make computer science appealing to women.  It also discusses her proselytizing and highlights initiatives being undertaken at Carnegie Mellon, MIT,  UC Berkeley, Bucknell and Stanford.

April 3rd, 2012 · Tags: Articles