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RIC to Host Nearly 50 Computer Science Students in Unique Student-Run Conference on Saturday


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Rhode Island College Computing Undergraduate Research Symposium (CURS)


Saturday, March 2 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (with registration starting at 9:30 a.m.)


In the Faculty Center South at Rhode Island College


“This symposium is incredibly exciting for a few reasons,” said Rhode Island College computer science major Shaylin Gruslin, one of the organizers. “It’s the first computer science conference that’s ever been hosted by Rhode Island College, it’s driven by students for students and it’s a great way to connect with computer science students from local colleges and universities.”

Each year RIC students have attended computer science conferences elsewhere, funded by the STEM Center grant. This year they decided to organize a one-day conference of their own.

Designed for undergraduate students throughout the Northeast (already 45 students have registered), the goal, according to Gruslin and the other student organizers, Nathan Heng and Travis Quantmeyer, is “to foster greater undergraduate interest and scholarship in computing and to provide an environment in which motivated undergraduates can come together to share their own work and learn from distinguished faculty.”

Most of the day will consist of a forum for students to present their work, and discuss it with, each other. Other events include a keynote talk by Professor Andries van Dam of the Brown University Computer Science Department, entitled “Reflections on 50 Years Working with CS Undergraduates.”

Local high school students, teachers, professors and other members of the Rhode Island College community are invited to attend the conference. For more information or to register, visit the group’s website at http://www.ric.edu/faculty/ksanders/curs/index.html.