2017 School Awards

  • Outstanding Ph.D. Researcher: Guangchi Liu
  • Outstanding Ph.D. Researcher: Logan Perreault
  • Outstanding Teaching Assistant: Jici Huang
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Course Assistant: Ashley Bertrand
  • Outstanding Faculty Research: Brittany Fasy
  • Outstanding Faculty Service: Binhai Zhu
  • Student Selected Professor of the Year: Qing Yang

NSF Storytelling Grant

Congratulations to Brittany Fasy (PI), Mike Wittie (co-PI) and Sweeney Windchief (co-PI, Native American Studies) who are among the proposers of a newly funded, three year, $1,166K grant entitled Improving the Pipeline for Rural and American Indian Students Entering Computer Science Via Storytelling.  This project will develop and research storytelling as a culturally responsive way to engage middle school American Indian and rural Montana students in learning computer science and computing skills. Resources for teachers will be developed to meet the requirements of Montana's Indian Education for All (IEFA) Act, which was mandated by the state legislature in 1999 and remains a difficult requirement for many middle school teachers to incorporate in their classrooms.  More information.   [March 2017]

Fall Semester Notable Offerings

  • CSCI 112, Programming with C, 3 credits.  CSCI 112 is normally only offered in the spring.
  • CSCI 127, The Joy and Beauty of Data, 4 credits.  This course replaces CSCI 111 in the curriculum starting this fall.  Students who have passed CSCI 111 (or a successor course such as CSCI 132) are not eligible to take CSCI 127.
  • CSCI 232, Data Structures and Algorithms, 4 credits.  CSCI 232 is normally only offered in the spring.
  • CSCI 447, Machine Learning, 3 credits.  This course is offered every second fall.
  • CSCI 451, Computational Biology, 3 credits.  This course is offered every second fall.
  • CSCI 540, Advanced Database Systems, 3 credits.  This course is offered every second fall.
  • CSCI 551, Advanced Computational Biology, 3 credits.  This course is offered every second fall.

Summer Session Offerings

First Six Week Session:

  • CSCI 112, Programming with C, 3 credits
  • CSCI 132, Basic Data Structures and Algorithms, 4 credits
  • CSCI 215 Social & Ethical Issues in Computing, 3 credits
  • CSCI 246, Discrete Structures
  • CSCI 477 (co-listed as EIND 422), Simulation, 3 credits

Second Six Week Session:

  • CSCI 111, Programming with Java, 4 credits
  • CS 145, Web Design, 3 credits
  • CSCI 232, Data Structures and Algorithms, 4 credits

Full Twelve Week Session:

  • EELE 261, Logic Circuits, 4 credits

Women's Center Student of Achievement Award

CS senior MacKenzie O'Bleness will receive a Student of Achievement Award from the MSU Women's Center.  At MSU, MacKenzie has promoted diversity in computing by serving as president of the Association for Women in Computing, serving as student leader to the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference, organizing high school outreach efforts, and more.  Congratulations!  [March 2017]

Three Minute Thesis Competition

Congratulations to Ph.D. student Utkarsh Goel who competed in the College of Engineering's Three Minute Thesis Competition on March 3rd.  Utkarsh received the people's choice award for a presentation entitled Changing Perception with Augmented Reality.  Utkarsh is advised by Dr. Mike Wittie.  [March 2017]

Air Force Project

Dr. Clem Izurieta has secured $200K in funding from The Air Force (via TechLink) to support the research and development of Quality Assurance of Sustainment Management Systems (SMS).  The award also supports the development of the Risk Management Framework: a new approach for validating software and systems in government.  As the project is carried out, several computer science students will be employed and gain valuable software engineering experience.   [March 2017]

Awards for Excellence

Computer Science seniors Ashley Bertrand and MacKenzie O'Bleness were recognized among the 40 outstanding seniors at the MSU Alumni Association / Bozeman Chamber of Commerce Awards for Excellence banquet on February 21st.  Recipients excel academically and through service.  Ashley selected John Paxton and MacKenzie selected Clem Izurieta as inspirational mentors.  Congratulations!  [February 2017]

NSF REU Site Award

Dr. Clem Izurieta (PI) and Dr. Brendan Mumey (Co-PI) have received a $288K NSF REU Site award from the National Science Foundation.  The award is titled Research and Development of Algorithms in a Software Factory and enables cohorts of eight students from across the U.S. to live in Bozeman while participating in our Software Factory during each of the summers of 2017, 2018 and 2019.  More informationFlyer.  Congratulations!  [February 2017]

Assistant Provost for Curriculum Development

Dr. Brendan Mumey was recently appointed to serve part-time as the Assistant Provost for Curriculum Development.  In this position, Dr. Mumey will work closely with faculty, department chairs and program directors in the development and enhancement of new academic offerings, including courses, certificates, minors and majors.  Congratulations! [January 2017]

National Science Foundation Grant

Dr. Upulee Kanewala is the sole PI of a two-year, $156K NSF grant entitled Toward Sustainable Software for Science - Implementing and Assessing Systematic Testing Approaches for Scientific Software.  The grant begins in May.  Congratulations! [January 2017]

Professor Emeritus of Computer Science

Dr. Rocky Ross will receive the title of Professor Emeritus of Computer Science during the January 12th Board of Regents meeting.  During his 1983-2015 career, Rocky received numerous awards that include the College of Engineering’s Excellence in Teaching Award, an MSU Alumni Foundation / Chamber of Commerce Award for Excellence, multiple departmental teaching awards, and the ACM SIGACT Outstanding Service Award. Rocky also served as interim department head for a half year. Thousands of students benefited from Rocky's mentorship.  Congratulations, Rocky - well deserved!  [January 2017]

Sit With Me Campaign

SitWithMe.org is a national organization that shares, supports and celebrates the importance of women's participation in computing and technology.  Montana State University's Gianforte School of Computing is one of six organizations featured by SitWithMe.  On this page, you can learn more, see photos and watch a video.  A big thanks goes to Sharlyn Izurieta for organizing this initiative and to everyone who has participated in our efforts. [January 2017]

Undergraduate Scholars Program Funding

Computer science major Hayley Smith  received funding from MSU's Undergraduate Scholars Program to participate in a storytelling project.  Hayley will be advised by Dr. Brittany Fasy and Dr. Roger Fisher (Gallatin College).  Congratulations! [January 2017]

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