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6th Annual SIAM Student Conference

In anticipation of a host of approaching SIAM meetings, Scientific Computing students Mike Schneier, Rui Gu, Danial Smith, and James Cheung travelled in March to Virginia Tech for the 6th Annual SIAM Student Conference. Schneier, Gu, Smith and Cheung were joined by postdoc Hans-Werner van Wyk and Research Associate John Burkhardt, who once again organized the event.

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Grad students participate in Global Game Jam

While most of us were doing our regular weekend activities, grad student Danial Smith was pulling back-to-back all-nighters. On January 24-26, Smith, along with fellow students Michael Conry & Benjamin Crysup , travelled to the Orlando area to design, then program a game at the Global Game Jam. Now in its sixth year, the GGJ is held annually in locations around the world. At the event, game developers convene in distributed locations to create games in a short time span, in this case 48 hours. Smith found out about the event from a couple of sources, including a game engine he uses in a project he is working on with Professor Gordon Erlebacher. “I found out about the Global Game Jam, because I have been using Unity. Unity is a game engine used to develop video games. I noticed they were giving away a professional version of their software for a month as a promotion so people interested in attending and participating in the event could have time to prepare.”

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Smith selected to attend workshop

First year graduate student Aria Smith has been selected to attend the 2014 Graduate Cohort for Women workshop in California. The workshop is presented by the Computer Research Association’s Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research. The goal of the workshop is to increase the ranks of senior women in computing by building and mentoring nationwide communities of women during their graduate studies.

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Ye and Crock featured in CPALMS videos

SC Associate Professor Ming Ye and recent alum Nathan Crock were selected to contribute video lessons to the CPALMS website. CPALMS is the State of Florida’s official source for Common Core State Standards information and course descriptions. It provides access to thousands of standards-aligned, free, and high-quality educational resources. CPALMS also provides 16 curriculum planning and professional development apps & tools to help educators effectively implement the standards.

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Grads, undergrads prepare for summer internships

Graduate students Feifei Xu, Ben McLaughlin, David Witman and Rui Gu held a workshop to assist undergraduate students in applying for and obtaining internships this summer. The graduate students discussed their individual experiences with applying for and obtaining internships at corporations and national laboratories. Many internships involve moving to another location, and students often receive housing assistance and a stipend.

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