Undergraduate Newsletter for 09/19/2016

New Announcements

  • Bay Area Graduate Pathways to STEM Conference Applications Due

    Greetings from University of California, Berkeley!
    Applications for the Bay Area Graduate Pathways to STEM Conference are closing in two weeks on September 23rd! Bay Area GPS will be held at UC Berkeley on October 15th and 16th and aims to promote graduate studies to underrepresented minorities in engineering. Our interactive, workshop based conference also provides peer mentoring to students entering the application process and those just starting to think about graduate school.

    What is Bay Area GPS?
    The mission of Bay Area Graduate Pathways to STEM (GPS) is to inspire diverse talent to become the next generation of innovative leaders through advanced engineering degrees. Bay Area GPS is a two day conference where students attend informative workshops addressing the benefits of pursuing an advanced degree, both MS and PhD, while also preparing for graduate school and the application process. GPS promotes graduate school opportunities to underrepresented minorities (URM), first generation and low income students at Bay Area, Northern California and select Southern California universities.

    Why should I attend Bay Area GPS?
    Students attending the Bay Area GPS will have access to information for applying to graduate school, understand how graduate school can benefit their education and future goals, learn how to prepare a graduate school application, network with peers who will also be applying to graduate school and be paired with a peer adviser - a current graduate student - who will help with the application process.

  • The Horizons Fellowship

    The Horizons Fellowship

    The Horizons Fellowship supports 10 outstanding university students in their pursuit to becometomorrow's leaders in technology. The program provides immersive software engineering and web/mobile development courses geared towards high-achieving college students. Our full-stack Javascript curriculum, developed by ex-Salesforce, Optimizely, and D.E. Shaw engineers, is designed to teach students how to build web, mobile (iOS and Android) and desktop applications. We have a 4-month spring program and a 3-month summer program in San Francisco, Boston, and Philadelphia.

    Past Horizonites have come from a variety of schools and backgrounds. Students have hailed from Harvard, Princeton, UPenn/Wharton, Columbia, Northwestern, Brown, Michigan and more. We’ve welcomed National Math Olympiad winners, USA Computing Olympiad participants, renowned college entrepreneurs, students with perfect SAT/ACT scores, talented designers, photographers, and more as part of our previous cohort. Our program requires no formal computer science background.

    Application Process/Criteria

    • Currently enrolled in an undergrad or graduate university program
    • Submission of resume and standardized test scores on horizonsbootcamp.com.
    • Series of fit and technical interviews
    • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
  • Changes to PBSci Advising

    IMPORTANT:  Changes in Physical and Biological Sciences Advising, effective August 1st, 2016
    Effective Monday August 1st, 2016, PBSci Undergraduate Affairs was decentralized

    and Biology Advising split into EEB and MCD Biology Advising.

    Included below are the new advising locations and contact information:

    Chemistry & Biochemistry 
    Adviser:  vacant - currently being recruited
    Office:  Physical Sciences Bldg rm 230
    Earth & Planetary Sciences
    Adviser:  Jade Loftus
    Office:  Earth & Marine Sciences Bldg rm 232
    Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (EEB)
    Adviser:  Betty O'Donnell and vacant - soon to be recruited
    Office:  Thimann Labs - effective Fall 2016
    Adviser:  vacant - currently being recruited
    Office:  Mc Henry rm 4147
    Molecular Cell & Developmental Biology (MCD)
    Adviser:  Brenna Candelaria, Christina Navarro, and vacant - currently being recruited
    Office:  Jack Baskin Engineering Bldg rm 142
    Adviser:  vacant - soon to be recruited
    Office:  Interdisciplinary Sciences Bldg rm 211

Events This Week

  • BSOE Orientation
    Tuesday, September 20, 2016 9:00 AM, Engineering Buildings


    This is a reminder that the Baskin School of Engineering Fall Orientation is tomorrowTuesday, September 20

    If you are still planning on pursuing a major within the Baskin School of Engineering (Bioengineering, Bioinformatics, Computer Engineering, Computer Game Design, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Network and Digital Technology, Robotics Engineering, or Technology and Information Management) it is important that you attend. We will be covering information that was not covered during Summer Orientation and faculty from each department will be present to talk about the majors. 

    There will be a separate session for first year and transfer students in each major - please see location and times listed below:

    Bioengineering and Bioinformatics, Location: Engineering 2, Room 180, First year: 9:00 - 10:00am, Transfer: 10:15 - 11:15

    Computer Engineering, Location: Jack Baskin Engineering 152, First year: 9:00 - 10:00am, Transfer: 10:15 - 11:15

    Computer Science, Location: Media Theatre, First year: 9:00 - 10:00am, Transfer: 10:15 - 11:15

    Computer Science: Computer Game Design, Location: Thimann I, First year: 9:00 - 10:00am, Transfer: 10:15 - 11:15

    Electrical Engineering, Location: Engineering 2, Rm. 192, First year: 9:00 - 10:00am, Transfer: 10:15 - 11:15

    Robotics Engineering, Location: Engineering 2, Rm. 194, First year: 9:00 - 10:00am, Transfer: 10:15 - 11:15

    Technology and Information Management, Location: Jack Baskin Engineering 165, First year:  9:00 - 10:00am, Transfer: 10:15 - 11:15

  • IEEE Online Job Fair
    Wednesday, September 21, 2016 10:00 AM, Online

    Please Share! Largest IEEE Online Job Fair - This Wednesday - Sept. 21 Hosted by Region 6

    Attend the IEEE Online Tech Expo whether you're looking for a new job or planning your future, visit company and resource booths. Over the past year, the online platform has grown and we are proud to say IEEE R6 now hosts the largest online job fair! 

    WHERE: Anywhere - Online from your PC, Tablet or Mobile Device
    WHEN: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM PDT
    WHAT: Visit unlimited company and resource booths and talk to recruiters live
    HOST: IEEE Region 6
    WHO: IEEE Members, US Veterans and Students can all attend FREE! 

    SHARE: If you are happily employed or retired and this event is not for you do a friend a favor and forward this message: 

    Students - Select Guest and enter in STUDENTPASS to bypass payment

    US Veterans - Select US Veteran Option to bypass payment

    CONTACT: Kyla Bonnstetter at R6TechExpo@IEEE.org to request invites. 

    The online Expo is a fun and convenient way to learn about companies and the jobs they are looking to fill. You can visit as many companies as you like and talk directly to their recruiters through IM, group chat or video chat. Our online system is easy to use and a great way to connect from anywhere on your PC, tablet or mobile device.

    Visit Companies like GW Electric, SEL, Nextiva, HP, Leidos, Doble Engineering, Made in Space, Qulsar, HIll Air Force Base and many others. 

    Meet recruiters from AccurIT and Top Talent Search

    The many resources are growing access the June webinars on demand in the theater for job search and career development content.  

    RE: Please Share! Largest IEEE Online Job Fair - This Wednesday - Sept. 21 Hosted by Region 6


  • ABET Accreditation Changes Information Meeting
    Wednesday, September 21, 2016 1:00 PM, Jack Baskin Engineering Room 152

    There will be a meeting to discuss Computer Engineering (CE) ABET changes this Wednesday Sept 21,  1:00-2:00PM in Jack Baskin Engineering (JBE) Rm. 152. 
    As you have probably heard, the CE Department chose not to continue ABET accreditation.  For most of you, this means little: we are dropping the paperwork and not the commitment to educational quality.  All students who graduated with a CE BS degree before October 1, 2016 will have graduated from an ABET accredited program, but after that date the Electrical Engineering (EE) BS will be the only ABET accredited program at UCSC.  However, it should be known that all UCSC students are graduating from a Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accredited program -- it is only ABET accreditation that is changing, and only for the Computer Engineering program.

    IF ABET accreditation is important to you, you have an ​option.  We have ​worked out an agreement​ to allow you to switch to the Electrical Engineering degree.  

    ​​For declared CE majors, EE has agreed to waive some lower division course requirements and count some CE courses as electives.  
    ​We believe this change will impact few students.  To borrow the words of one of our alumni from 2012 who commented on a recent City on a Hill article on our Accreditation change: 
     "CMPE class of 2012 here. I reached out to 16 of my contacts -- all of whom are either grads, former instructors, or PhDs from UCSC. Additionally, I spoke with several hiring managers and HR personnel. Not even one of my contacts expressed that ABET certification is required or even desirable in the industry. Many did not even know what ABET accreditation meant. Two were former USGOV employees." 
    We encourage you to attend this meeting to find out how, if at all, this will impact you, to answer your questions​, and find out more about the transition option to the EE degree.  Tracy Larrabee, the BSOE Associate Dean of Undergraduate Affairs, faculty from the CE and EE Departments, as well as undergraduate advisors will be present at this meeting.  
    If you are unable to attend this meeting, you may contact the BSOE advising office and we can share the information that was covered at the meeting.  To contact us, please email advising@soe.ucsc.edu

  • CITRIS Back to school event
    Thursday, September 22, 2016 1:00 PM, Baskin 101

    The Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) and the Banatao Institute is holding an informational booth on 9/22 from 1pm to 3pm and on 9/23 from 11am to 1pmin front of Baskin 101. We are hoping to increase student awareness of the services and opportunities we offer here at UC Santa Cruz. CITRIS and the Banatao Institute offers a variety of resources to students, ranging from financial aid and guidance for start-ups with the CITRIS Foundry to video editing internships with Cisco. 
    CITRIS and the Banatao Institute leverage the research strengths of University of California campuses at Berkeley, Davis, Merced and Santa Cruz, and operate within the greater ecosystem of the University and the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit of Silicon Valley. The institute was created by the California state legislature to shorten the pipeline between world-class laboratory research and the development of applications, platforms, companies, and even new industries. CITRIS and the Banatao Institute facilitate interdisciplinary work among hundreds of University of California faculty members, students, corporate partners, and international institutions. Together with these public and private partners, we are shaping the future of technology in ways that cross traditional boundaries. 
    Please feel free to stop by with any questions you may have and to grab some freebies!
    Are you interested in:
    • Building connections within Silicon Valley?
    • Working directly with companies like Cisco?
    • Collarborating with other UCs like Berkeley?
    • Getting help with your start-up?
    The Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society can help.
    Stop by in front of Baskin 101 on 9/22 from 1-3pm and 9/23 from 11am-1pm for prizes and more information on you you can join the CITRIS team.

Other Events

  • Bay Area GPS Graduate Pathways to STEM
    Sunday, October 16, 2016 7:00 AM, UC Berkeley

    GPS is a two day conference to promote graduate school, both MS and PhD, to underrepresented minorities, first generation and low income students at Bay Area, Northern California and secect Southern California Universities. 

    Workshops include: How to Apply to Grad School, Graduate Degree options, How to fund graduate school, Meet with current grad student mentors, and more!

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Internship, Research, Scholarship & Employment Opportunities

  • CMPE 16 Discrete Math needs readers

    Please e-mail martine@soe.ucsc.edu if you are interested in being a reader for CMPE 16, Discrete Mathematics in Fall 2016. The job consists of grading weekly homework assignments, about 80 papers per week, and helping to grade exams.  You must have received an A in CMPE 16 to be considered for this job. Completion of CMPS 101, 102 or 130 with superior grades is also  considered.

  • Tutors Needed for Chegg Tutoring

    Chegg is looking for tutors to meet increasing demand from students in Java programming courses.  If you have any former students or TAs who could use some extra income this semester, please share this flexible opportunity from Chegg.

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  • Tutors Needed for CMPS 12B/M

    Tutors are needed for CMPS 12B. Please apply at https://rta.soe.ucsc.edu/rta/.

    For more information, please visit: