BSOE Undergraduate Newsletter
Interested in AI or Natural Language Processing? Consider Enrolling in CSE 143
Application Now Open: STEM Scholarship for Students
IBM Hackathon, $100k in prizes
Tech Industry Mentors Pilot Program
Fall '21 Strategic Consulting Skill-Building Groups
Snapchat Hackathon, $11k in prizes
PyTorch Hackathon, $39k in prizes
My name is Nhan Nguyen, and I'm a sophomore here at UCSC. My proposed major is Computer Science: Computer Game Design. I have been programming since I was in 9th grade, and I have a deep passion for this subject.
For the past 2 years, I have been very devoted to a field in Computer Science called Competitive Programming (CP for short). Throughout the course of 2 years, Competitive Programming help me explore many programming techniques and algorithms that catapult my programming skills to the next level (to name a few simple ones: Binary Search, Two Pointers, DP). As my skills steadily improve, I found myself in many different coding contest from large companies like Google, Facebook, etc (my most recent one being Facebook Hacker Cup). Being involved in the Competitive Programming community for a long time also exposes me to a very prestigious contest called ICPC ( https://icpc.global/), and from there I realized that one of my biggest dreams is to compete in the ICPC.
So I got to work looking for a UCSC club that covers the topic, and I was disappointed to find that our campus lacks such a club. Since UCSD and most UCs has such a club and we don’t, I have decided to try and start a new club that specializes in Competitive Programming here at UCSC. The end goal of this club is to prepare fellow programmers to participate in the once-in-a-lifetime ICPC contest, and maybe compete in other prestigious contests like Facebook Hacker Cup or Google Codejam.
I am looking for advisors and executive members for this club. If you are interested in Competitive Programming and want to support what I'm doing or being an executive/advisor in general, please message me through my UCSC email: email@example.com, or you could join the clubs' discord here at: https://discord.gg/aw8EqPCbWy
P.S: If you don't know what Competitive Programming is you can see this video for reference https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ueNT-w7Oluw&t=1s
Are you interested in Language, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning? Natural Language Processing is a rapidly growing, dynamic field with thousands of jobs in the Bay Area. Due to the huge interest in the field, we have recently added CSE 143 "Introduction to Natural Language Processing" to the Fall 2021 schedule. More information about the course is available on the UCSC Class Schedule.
CSE 143 is also recommended for UCSC's Natural Language Processing Professional Master's program, which will be accepting applications for Fall 2022 admission consideration when applications open on October 1st, 2021. The deadline to apply is February 15th, 2022. More information about the NLP MS program is available on our website: grad.soe.ucsc.edu/nlp
Please feel welcome to contact the NLP Program Team at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about CSE 143 or the NLP MS program.
The Florida Hacks with IBM hackathon is starting now, and is open to all students in the United States (that's you). Despite being run by the Univ. of Florida, they are actively seeking participation from students across the US.
The focus of the hackathon is "creating solutions to combat climate change" with a Florida emphasis. Challenge areas include:
- Climate Change & Florida Ecosystem
- Improving the Condition of Florida’s Waterways
- Sustainable Fisheries
- Power Consumption
- Animal Agriculture
Very rich prize pool for a hackathon, including $30k grand prize, $20k second place, $15k third place, $3k challenge category winners. There are also $1k prizes for top engagement in various aspects of the contest.
More details and how to apply and participate can be found here: https://floridahackswithibm.bemyapp.com/
The Tech4Good Lab is in the early stages of establishing a program to connect students with industry mentors who have diverse careers within the tech industry, e.g. design, user research, software engineering, customer experience, etc.
We are looking for students to participate in a pilot program, where you will be placed in a group of students with two industry mentors for three 60 minute mentorship sessions, roughly once a month. If you would like to learn more about different paths in tech, receive career advice, and network with like-minded students, then this might be a good fit for you!
The mentorship sessions will occur through a chat platform designed for group mentorship, where you will interact with the mentor and with other students. We will also separately reach out to ask if you would like to participate in a research study on this program, but you do NOT have to participate in the research study to participate in the pilot program.
Are you looking to learn about strategic consulting in a collaborative, project-oriented environment with other students? Want to understand how to conduct a landscape analysis for a local non-profit using business frameworks like SWOT, PEST, and techniques for analyzing interviews?
Join the strategic consulting skill-building groups hosted by the Tech4Good Lab! No prior knowledge is expected - all students are encouraged to join! We know you're busy, so the skill-building groups are extremely light. You'll only need to commit to two 90-minute work sessions each week for 4 weeks and you'll get to learn with a small group of peers :)
This is also the first time we're running it, so we're going to be doing a research study to understand and improve the learning experience and to help us improve the platforms we are developing to support learning. If you want information on how to join, fill out the skill-building group interest form and we'll reach out to you at the beginning of Fall quarter! Feel free to send us an email if you have any questions.
Looking forward to learning with you!
Prof. David Lee and The Collectively Team
Snapchat is hosting a hackathon to add novel capabilities to their platform using their Snap Kit technology.
$11k in prizes, including:
Best App - Express Themselves
Best App - Live in the Moment
Best App - Learn About the World
Best App - Have Fun Together
More details and how to register: https://snapfordevs21.devpost.com/
PyTorch a widely used machine learning library for Python.
The annual PyTorch Hackathon is taking place again in 2021, with $39k in prizes.
Build a project using PyTorch in one of the three categories:
- PyTorch Responsible AI Development Tools & Libraries
- Web and Mobile Applications powered by PyTorch
- PyTorch Developer Tools & Libraries
For details and how to register: https://pytorch2021.devpost.com/
Deadline: Nov 3, 2021
David Duncan is a PhD Candidate of History here at UCSC. He is looking for help from within the UCSC community, to develop a website for a project he is working on through The Humanities Institute here on campus.
"I am an oral historian, focused on interviewing people that lived through historical moments and then presenting their memory in many different ways. My Master’s was focused on the Sausalito School District, which in 1965 became one of the first districts in the US to desegregate without a court order.
My project through THI is focused on the present, where the same district received the first court-ordered desegregation in California in over 50 years. I am currently in the field taking pictures, video, and audio on the two school campuses, but I am only one person. I and the school superintendent are looking to develop a website where students, faculty, and parents, can submit testimony, or oral history, about their school experience on a website via audio, video, text, image, etc. These submissions would then become part of a photo essay that I am making about the district’s desegregation effort in the present.
There is also interest in developing a digital archive/exhibit of sorts but the self-submission website is the priority at the moment."
If you are intere3sted in helping David, please reach him here: email@example.com.