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UNO Celebrates Computer Science Education Week, December 2-6, 2013

Last updated: 12/2/2013

The University of Nebraska at Omaha Department of Computer Science will celebrate National Computer Science Education Week on December 2-6, 2013*. Please join us for the weeklong activities (lots of free food)!

Events at UNO kick off with a week-long IT career fair featuring some of the major IT companies in Omaha.

Monday events include a series of short internship presentations at noon by students who have been involved in company internships.

This is followed in the early evening by a pair of events prepared for UNO students. Selected CS students will be honored during the student recognition and awards for academic and programming competition achievements. IS&T Alumni will conduct a panel discussion on tips for jumpstarting a professional career. All students are welcome to attend!

The well-received panel, Beyond Grace Hopper, will be held again this year on Thursday, December 5. This year's theme is Reaching Out, as women in IT reach out to encourage female students to consider a career in IT.

Events culminate with the annual High School Computer Science Bowl on Friday, December 6. UNO hosts a CS Quiz Bowl and a Java Programming Competition open to all area high schools.

Past celebrations

Schedule at a glance:
Date Time Venue Event
December 2-6 all day PKI 158 IT Career Fair
(pizzas and sandwiches everyday 11:45-2:00; snacks in the afternoon)
December 2 12:00pm-2:00pm PKI 158 Student Internship Presentations
December 2 4:00pm-6:00pm PKI 158 For UNO Students
4:00-5:00 Student Recognition and Awards
5:00-6:00 Alumni Panel: Tips for JumpStarting Your Career
    Mayi Arora (MSCS '03),
    Brenton Bazata (BSMIS '08),
    Bret O'Doherty (BSMIS '10),
    Nicole Staroscik (BSCS '07, MSMIS '11)

(refreshments served from 3:30)
December 5 12:00pm-1:30pm PKI 158 Women in IT Panel Discussion: Beyond Grace Hopper: Reaching Out
    Ann Marie Aimfdon (Deutsche Bank),
    Rubenia Borge (MIS Graduate Student),
    Beth Engel (Dundee Venture Capital),
    Nancy Williams (Boys and Girls Club)

(sandwiches served from 11:45)
December 6 10:00am-5:00pm PKI 158 High School Computer Science Bowl
10:00-12:00 Quiz Bowl
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-4:00 Programming Contest
4:00-5:00 Awards Ceremony

All events take place at UNO's Pacific Street location at the Peter Kiewit Institute Building, 1110 S. 67th St. All events are free and open to the campus community and public. For more information, call (402) 554-2423.


We are grateful to the following corporate sponsors for supporting this year's celebration:

Election Systems and Software       First Data

Northrop Grumman       Deliveron Consulting Services       First National Bank of Omaha

TEAM Software     Client Resources, Inc.       ConAgra Foods       West Corporation

Lutz and Company       Valmont       Union Pacific

Career Fair Sponsors
National Indemnity Company       Omaha Public Power District       Kiewit Construction

TD Ameritrade       Gallup       CQuence Health Group

High School Contest Prizes

Be sure to visit their booths during the IT Career Fair! See career fair schedule for details.


In recognition of Computer Science as a driver of innovation and economic growth, the U.S. Congress has passed resolution H.Res. 1560 supporting the designation of National Computer Science Education Week. The resolution was meant to raise awareness of the crucial role Computer Science has played as the foundation for today's technological innovations, as well as the need to educate future generations of computer scientists.

Importance of Computer Science

The critical importance of computers in modern-day society cannot be underestimated. More people than ever bank, shop, and make friends online. Software is in everything from cellphones and pacemakers to cars and aircraft. Education in computer science provides the theoretical understanding and practical mastery of computers necessary to design and engineer such sophisticated software-controlled systems. In today's high-tech society, technological progress equates to economic progress. Nations that are able to capitalize on such technologies will have a formidable advantage in tomorrow's economy.

The impact of computer science on the world was the focus of a symposium organized by the Computing Research Association titled, Computing Research that Changed the World: Reflections and Perspectives. Here's a video of the opening address.

More presentations and videos are available from the symposium website.

Challenges facing Computer Science

Due to the tremendous impact of computer science, it is of vital importance to develop a world-class workforce that can sustain the pace of technological innovations. According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, computer-related jobs are projected to have the highest growth in the next decade, compared to job projections from other STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) fields. The accompanying bar graph compares job projections for different STEM fields.

The jobs projection data is good news for computer science students. Unfortunately, the graph also indicates a likely shortfall in computer science graduates qualified for these jobs. This is reinforced by the decreasing trend in computer science and computer engineering degree production shown in the accompanying line graph, as reported by the Computing Research Association.

(For more data and other details, please visit the website of the ACM Education Policy Committee.)

There are several contributing factors to this decline, among them the decreasing interest among students at all levels of education and the disproportionately smaller number of women and minorities entering the field.

In light of these challenges facing computer science and the critical importance of educating new generations of technology workers, Congress passed the resolution designating the week of December 9 as National Computer Science Education Week. This resolution supports activities to improve computer science education at all levels and broaden the participation of underrepresented groups in computer science.

Where the jobs are
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CS and CE Degree Production
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Why are we celebrating CSEdWeek in December?

This week was chosen in honor of Grace Hopper, whose birth anniversary is on December 9. She was a pioneer in the field of computer science. One of the earliest computer programmers, she is credited with coining the term "debugging" for the process of finding software faults. Her research accomplishments include the creation one of the first programming language compilers and contributions to the design of COBOL, the earliest programming language to come into widespead use for business applications. She received a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Yale and was a U.S. Naval officer.

*Note that National CS Education Week is Dec. 9-15, 2013. We are celebrating it a week early to avoid conflicting with university finals.

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