BE Undergraduate Newsletter
Rocket Team at UCSC
TechGuide: Find Scholarships For Your Journey in Tech
MA in Statistics at Columbia University
Winter Opportunities in the Tech4Good Lab
Thrust Vector Control Project at UCSC Rocket Team
UCSC Launches New GE Courses Made for YOU!
Introducing SlugLoop: Revolutionize Your Campus Commute!
Research Mentoring Internship Program
Black Staff and Faculty Organization (BSFO) Annual Scholarship
NSA Codebreaker Challenge 2023
UCSC Collegiate Cyber Defense Team Recruitment
Apply to be a SlugLoop Developer!
Friday Workshops at SlugWorks
GradPath: Find Your Grad School Mentor
Ayanna Howard: Recorded Presentation
Google’s Immersive Geospatial Challenge
Microsoft AI Classroom Hackathon
Seeking Fundraising Chair for Bioinformatics Club
Psychology Department Study for Latinx Students
Join Our Gratitude Study This Thanksgiving!
SFC Subcommittee Interest Form
Access Computing: Resources for Computer Scientists and Engineers with Disabilities
Shifting the Story: Climate Vulnerability, Social Solidarity, Environmental Justice
SWE Internships at ArsenalBio & 1-on-1 Résumé Coaching
Intro to Data Science Workshop hosted by Bioinformatics Club
NVIDIA's Hardware Maestros Break Down Deep Learning at Scale!
Applied Mathematics Information Session
Slug Security, UCSC's Cybersecurity Club, is looking for competitors for UCSC's 2024 MITRE eCTF team. Additional information on the Embedded Capture the Flag Competition can be found on MITRE's eCTF site. The competition is split into two phases, the design phase and the attack phase. The design phase is where the team will be building some embedded application on a microcontroller, while ensuring security requirements are met. The attack phase is where the team will be attacking other teams' designs to capture flags.
BASKIN VOICES is a section of our website that includes quotes and interviews with the people who make up the staff and faculty of the Baskin School of Engineering. You will find the experiences of graduate students, instructors, administrators, facility staff, and many other amazing people who represent the backbone of our institution. Check it out!
Rocket Team is an aerospace engineering club that competes in NASA's annual University Student Launch Competition. This competition challenges our team to build a high powered rocket each year and launch it to a pre-designated altitude. Following our rocket's decent, we are also challenged to successfully execute a payload mission mirroring the type of challenges NASA faces with their own payload challenges.
We are looking for new members at Basking Engineering that can help us rank within the top universities in this intercollegiate competition.
Please direct any questions to email@example.com and JOIN OUR SLACK.
Online education is more accessible than ever. But, it can be pricey. Instead of piling on debt or drastic measures like a second mortgage, consider scholarships. They're out there if you take the time to look. This useful article has the scoop on where to find tech scholarships and how to apply! Follow this link to TechGuide.
Columbia University is offering a new Master of Arts in Statistics!
In an effort to prepare students for their success, the program provides a myriad of free student resources and academic support, from Math Refresher workshop and R Bootcamp in the Summer to career development workshops and the Peer Study Support during the entire academic year.
There will be six upcoming virtual MA in Statistics Information Sessions led by the Program Director and student support team starting October 27, 2023. These events are for students who want to learn more about the program, admission requirements, curriculum, student support and community, as well as scholarship opportunities.
The Tech4Good Lab has several positions open next quarter for undergraduate students from all majors. We are looking for people who are extremely responsible, love learning, and have a strong drive to apply technology for social good. For next quarter, we have positions doing the following types of work:
- User research: interviewing and analyzing interviews to understand user needs and context,
- UI/UX design: designing and iterating on web interfaces in Figma,
- Web development: coding an app using an Angular/NgRx/Firebase stack,
- AI & economics: modeling economic systems using multiagent reinforcement learning,
- NLP and ML: topic modeling and ML to clusters text responses or predict annotations,
You would be contributing to a variety of projects in the lab related to designing systems to better support the future of education, work, and community engagement. Some of the platforms we are working on include:
- An app aimed at scaling apprenticeship learning, which supports people in learning through micro-roles while supporting non-profits as they learn,
- An app aimed at microlearning through small groups to create learning environments supporting curiosity, creativity, and relationships,
- An app containing short activities for team/group community building, and also creating "small group networks" that can facilitate interesting collective goals,
- An app aimed at supporting chat-based career mentorship between industry professionals and groups of students,
Joining requires a commitment of 10-15 hours/week for the quarter for 2-5 credits of independent study. If you are interested, fill out the Tech4Good Lab Interest Form. Teams will mostly be determined based on applications submitted by 11/17, but you should feel free to continue submitting afterwards if you missed the deadline (and if full, we’ll consider you for the following quarter).
The UCSC Rocket Team has embarked on an ambitious project for the 2023-2024 season, known as the Thrust Vector Control (TVC) Project. TVC, a pivotal technology used by companies like SpaceX for precise rocket landings, involves adjusting the rocket’s thrust direction to maintain stability during launch. This project at UCSC encompasses both subscale and full-scale rocket launches, offering a hands-on experience in mechanical design, software development, PID (Proportional-Integral-Derivative) control systems, and Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC).
This is an open invitation for enthusiasts and aspiring engineers to join the team, contributing to the design, launch, and landing of the rocket. This initiative not only aims to foster practical skills in rocketry but also serves as an engaging platform for teamwork, innovation, and real-world application of aerospace engineering concepts.
Regular meetings are scheduled on Mondays between 3 to 5 PM in BE-49, with additional meetings planned as needed based on launch or test schedules.
Please direct any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aspiring engineers: Your technology will shape our future!
You will build the world of tomorrow with your amazing talents, but who are you building it for?
The specialized skills in computing, bioinformatics, biotechnology, robotics, electronics, and programming that you are gaining at university will be sought out by companies that are now, more than ever, seeking engineers enriched by knowledge of humanistic concerns!
Your capacity to show employers that you are not just a talented engineer, but a culturally informed, equity-minded innovator will place you a cut above other candidates applying to companies increasingly characterized by diversity, equity, and inclusion.
This is why UCSC is thrilled to bring you the Humanizing Technology Certificate Program (HTCP).
The Humanities Division has developed an exciting new series of courses designed for budding engineers like YOU to explore issues about humanity and technology in conversation with experts in the study of the human experience.
Pass three of the courses listed below to receive the Humanizing Technology Certificate.
HUMN 15 Ethics and Technology
HUMN 25 Humans and Machines
HUMN 35 Language Technology
HUMN 45 Race and Technology
HUMN 55 Technologies of Representation
LIT 126H Artificial Intelligence and Human Imagination
There are no prerequisites and you can take the courses in any order you choose. Each course fulfills a different GE requirement. Not interested in pursuing the certificate program but would like to take a Humanizing Technology course? The six courses are open to all UCSC undergraduate students. We encourage engineering students to take at least one of these courses. More information can be found on the Humanizing Technology website.
Ever found yourself stranded, waiting for a campus shuttle that's late or lost? Do you wish you had real-time updates on exactly when your ride is arriving? If so, SlugLoop, a new app from UC Santa Cruz, is here to transform your transit experience!
Born out of CruzHacks 2023, SlugLoop is a student-created app aimed at making transportation around the UC Santa Cruz campus more efficient and convenient. We've worked tirelessly since our beta phase, refining and enhancing features based on your feedback.
We're always eager for more suggestions on how we can improve. Your input will help us make SlugLoop an indispensable tool for all UC Santa Cruz students. Together, we can make campus transportation as seamless as possible.
Check us out at https://www.slugloop.tech. If you have any questions, suggestions, or bugs to report, don't hesitate to use our "Contact Us" form on the SlugLoop website. We're all ears and ready to make your commuting experience better!
Upgrade your campus commute today with SlugLoop!
The Genomics Institute's Research Mentoring Internship (RMI) program is a research training program for UCSC undergraduates. RMI scholars receive hands-on experience performing wet-lab, computational, or faculty-directed research into the ethical, legal, and social implications of genomic research. Award recipients will also receive a $3,000 quarterly scholarship and professional development and networking opportunities. Application cycles occur twice a year in the fall (transfer students only) and spring. Visit the RMI website to learn more about the program and RMI sponsored workshops that are open to all students.
For more information, contact Alondra Figueroa Olivo at email@example.com.
The University of California, Office of the President’s Black Staff and Faculty Organization (BSFO) is encouraging systemwide UC-enrolled African American students to apply for BSFO’s Annual Scholarship.
In these days and times, scholarships are used to help towards the astronomical costs of completing your educational goals and meeting daily expenses. BSFO recognizes the hard work, sacrifices, and dedication it takes to reach your educational goals. We provide a $1,000 scholarship annually to students to use towards items of your choosing and help lighten some of your financial obligations.
We want to hear from you, tell us a little about yourself, your passions, motivations, and examples of your persistence throughout your educational journey. Tell us about your academic achievements, professional goals, and scholastic endeavors. The Application process is simple, complete and submit UCOP’s BSFO Scholarship Application by December 31, 2023. You will not need to wait long to receive the funds, BSFO notifies selected students of their selection status by the end of January 2024 and funds are provided by the end of February 2024. Selected students will also have an opportunity to speak at BSFO's Scholarship Awards Ceremony that will be held in February 2024.
We look forward to receiving your application.
NSA Codebreaker Challenge 2023
For the past three years, UC Santa Cruz has competed in the National Security Agency's Codebreaker competition and consistently secured a spot in the top 10 schools. The competition involves a series of challenges designed to build core cybersecurity skills such as cryptography, forensics, and reverse engineering. No prior experience is required for this competition and it is open to all. For more information, head over to the NSA Codebreaker Challenge site: https://nsa-codebreaker.org/home Resources are also available on that page. Please note that even though you are competing for the school's ranking, this is an individual competition. Collaboration with other competitors on the challenges is not allowed.
The NSA Codebreaker Challenge is a great opportunity to build cybersecurity skills, even for those that do not have any experience in the field. It's a great way to build experience and open the door to many opportunities in the cybersecurity field.
For those who are interested in career opportunities at the NSA, top performers in the NSA Codebreaker Challenge will stand out in the application process. In addition, they will receive swag and prizes from the NSA.
Currently, UC Santa Cruz sits in third place, but with your help, we can seize first place! Get started by heading to the NSA Codebreaker Challenge website https://nsa-codebreaker.org/home. Be sure to sign up with your UCSC email!
Feel free to ask questions in the Slug Security Discord https://discord.gg/fbC4ey3DUr
UCSC Collegiate Cyber Defense Team Recruitment
UCSC is forming its Cyber Defense Team for the 2023-24 Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC) season. If you have expertise in writing tools, system hardening, Linux/Windows, or strong skills in writing & management, this is your chance to showcase your skills!
About the CCDC
The CCDC offers an immersive environment where teams defend and secure their networks from professional penetration testers. Beyond just defense, you'll also manage some business operations to ensure everything runs flawlessly. Details at the WRCCDC Official Website https://wrccdc.org/
This is more than just a competition. By participating, you will open doors to potential internships and job opportunities at big names like Microsoft, AWS, Cisco, Palo Alto Networks, and multiple defense companies.
* Practice Rounds (Non-scoring):
* Invitational 1: November 4, 2023, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
* Invitational 2: December 2, 2023, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
* Official Competition:
* Qualifier: February 17, 2024, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
* Regional Finals: April 5-6, 2024, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
* Awards Ceremony: April 7, 2024, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Ready to be a part of UCSC's Cyber Defense Team? Apply now and start your path in cybersecurity!
Google Form: https://forms.gle/Rbk5bD2JJh1xigyM7
Feel free to ask questions in the Slug Security Discord https://discord.gg/fbC4ey3DUr
If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to one of the current developers, Bill Zhang (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Apply online by Friday, October 20th! Selected applicants will be contacted for interview availability shortly after.
Thank you to all who came to the 10/11 Diverse Voices talk, "A Roboticist’s Story: How AI and Diversity of Thought Drive Innovation," featuring Ayanna Howard, accomplished roboticist, entrepreneur, and dean of The Ohio State University College of Engineering.
We hope you enjoyed Ayanna's talk. If you would like to rewatch or share Ayanna's talk, or if you were unable to attend, the recording is now available on our Baskin Engineering YouTube channel.
PRIZES: $70,000 in prizes
DEADLINE: November 20 at 11:45 pm EST
THEMES: AR/VR, Beginner Friendly, Productivity
JOIN THE HACKATHON: https://bit.ly/
NOTE: This is a student only hackathon
PRIZES: $11,000 in prizes
DEADLINE: December 06 at 12:00 am EST
THEMES: Beginner Friendly, Education, Machine Learning/AI
JOIN THE HACKATHON: https://bit.ly/
Are you interested in getting more involved with the Bioinformatics Club this year? We are looking for a Fundraising Chair for the club for the current academic year!! No experience is required but is preferred :)
Follow this LINK to the application form.
Deadline: Sunday, Nov 9 11:59 PM (Need an extension? Email email@example.com)
Andrew Takimoto – a PhD student in the psychology department – is currently collecting data which focuses on Latinx first gen students' connections with peers and college organizations, and how they can benefit their academic and psychological wellbeing to help them persist through college. This is an online survey which should take half an hour to forty-five minutes and can be taken at any time and at any location. If you fit the criteria, please consider participating in this study. The criteria is as follows:
- You self-identify as Latino/a, Latinx, Latine, Chicana/o, or Hispanic.
- (2)You are a first-generation college student (your parents did not graduate college).
- (3) You are 18 years or older.
- (4)You are a current UCSC undergraduate student who is a sophomore, junior, or senior.
Participants can be compensated with SONA course credit or $10 (as cash or gift card) once they complete the survey. If you are interested or if you have any questions, please contact Andrew at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As we approach Thanksgiving, the Tech4Good Lab is excited to launch a special study to explore what makes us thankful. We need your voices!
What are you deeply grateful for in Santa Cruz? Share your stories, moments, or simple joys with us. Your participation will not only contribute to our understanding of gratitude but also weave a rich tapestry of our diverse community experiences.
We've made it super easy to participate through a quick Google survey. It takes just 2 minutes to complete!
Your insights are invaluable. Let's come together to celebrate the spirit of gratitude and make this study a success! Thank you for being a part of this meaningful endeavor!
Crown College's annual Social Fiction Conference is coming up!
It will be Friday, February 23rd and Saturday, February 24th.
During the SFC, students, faculty, campus partners, and community members come together to analyze societal issues through social fiction, speculative fiction, fantasy, gaming and other related genres of entertainment.
For more information you can access All Things SFC by going to bit.ly/all-things-sfc.
We invite all UCSC students who are interested in the involvement and planning of SFC to fill out the Subcommittee Interest Form at bit.ly/SFC-interest-form by Sunday, November 26th at 11:59pm.
Event Location: N/A
The Women in Computuer Science (WiCS) chapter at UC Santa Barbara, The NSF AI Institute, and Shellphish hacking group present the International Capture the Flag hacking competition!
- The Shellphish iCTF is a multi-site, multi-team, challenge-based hacking competition in which a number of teams compete independently against each other. Teams do not attack each other, but operate independently to solve a set of challenges. Each challenge has a flag that can only be obtained by solving the challenge.
- This educational compeition is open to teams composed of high-school and undergraduate students. There will be two separate competitions for the two student levels, but the challenges will be the same. Each team cannot be composed of more than 10 people (but an institution can have multiple, non-colluding teams) and must have an associated, institution-affiliated instructor.
- Teams must register by November 24!
- Please see the iCTF website for a more detailed rundown of the competition.
- Register here.
- Contact email@example.com for any questions about the competition.
Follow the ACTION NSF AI Institute Discord
College and graduate students with disabilities can connect with mentors and professionals to learn about internships and other opportunities in computing fields through Access Computing.
Students do not need to be registered as disabled with their respective institutions in order to qualify for the the benefits offered through this program.
Event Location: Rachel Carson College Plaza, Student Commons/Red Room and classrooms tba
The Second Annual UCSC Student Climate Conference, sponsored by the UCSC Climate Coalition, UCSC's Earth Futures Institute, and Rachel Carson College, features concurrent student panels, an art exhibit, and student music and dance. Free and open to the public!
Keynote Speaker: Ashia Ajani
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Event Location: Virtual Event
On Wednesday, Nov 15th, from 6PM-7PM ArsenalBio will be giving a presentation about their student opportunities.
ArsenalBio is a company that utilizes a programmable and computational approach to cell therapy in order to battle cancer. They have a variety of Software Engineering internship opportunities available, and are looking for students who are interested.
Additionally, they will be happy to host a future résumé review workshop. Sign-Ups for this will be held during the meeting.
This event will be held virtually in the zoom link below:
We hope to see you there! This is definitely an opportunity you don't want to miss out on.
Event Location: PSB 305 + Zoom
Interested in learning about data science?
Join the Bioinformatics Club THIS Wednesday, November 15th at 7:15pm!
Hope to see you there!
Event Location: E2-180
In the ever-evolving realm of High Performance Computing, the Hardware Infrastructure at NVIDIA is racing to keep pace. An efficient software infrastructure is the key, powering engineers to conquer the impossible – from unleashing deep learning models across GPU-packed datacenters to crafting the chip architectures of tomorrow.
The challenge: pinpointing and fixing performance glitches in DL models at scale. Performance Monitors, baked into GPU hardware, are our lifeline for dissecting and boosting application performance. Same hardware, but a new territory when it comes to gathering and parsing performance data across scales – from a lone GPU to a legion in a cluster.
Join these experts at Baskin Engineering on 11/29 for a deep dive into this and more thrilling frontiers at NVIDIA:
Sharon Clay, VP of Hardware Infrastructure: A 23-year veteran at NVIDIA, Sharon's mastery in Neural Networks and NLP, coupled with a passion for automation, birthed the infrastructure group. Now, hundreds of engineers, spanning all corners of computer science, innovate every facet of NVIDIA's HW and SW engineering.
Robert Hero, Senior Manager GPU Cluster Bringup: With 13 years at NVIDIA, Robert is the maestro behind GPU Datacenters and tools propelling NVIDIA's LLM training. His 2006 master's focused on Volume Visualization of Unstructured Data at UCSC.
Nicole Magnus, Senior Technical Program Manager: In the Hardware Infrastructure team for 3 years, Nicole is the force reshaping component integration and CI/CD for NVIDIA's HW and SW teams. Nicole earned her Computer Engineering bachelor's from Prairie View A&M University in 1993.
Register for the event HERE.
Event Location: Virtual Event
Applied Mathematics is holding a virtual information session for you to learn more about the faculty, research, and opportunities available! Join them for a virtual Zoom event to gain knowledge about the AM graduate programs.
Register for the virtual event HERE.
Yektasonics has innovation in ultrasound which are unique in price/performance. In medicine, Focused Ultrasound or “curing with sounds” is a revolutionary non-invasive medical therapy treating over 170 medical conditions. Cases such as cancer treatment with no chemotherapy or surgery, and brain modulation without opening the skull, to name a few. There is a need for ultrasound electronic drivers in both medical and non-medical markets, and that is how we play a role.
We are looking for a talented and passionate student intern, who can join us in the business and marketing side. The intern will enroll for research credits, and the compensations will be per the agreement.
The expectation will be to reach out to potential companies and stakeholders to support the sale of our Power Module technology. There will also be a need to reach out to potential customers for our Phased Array technology.
Yektasonics has received numerous awards and recognitions, such as a recent award from the National Science Foundation, a prize from the UC Santa Cruz Chancellor, being a finalist of American Heart Association in the Bay Area, being a finalist of the University of California Big Ideas Competition, and being part of UC Berkeley Incubator Citris Foundry, to name a few.
If you are interested and would like to gain good hands-on experience, please email your resume with your transcript to email@example.com.
You can check out our website for more information at www.yektasonics.com.
Job Title: Junior Embedded Security Engineer
Location: Southern AZ - Onsite. Relocation assistance available within the US.
Essential Skills / Knowledge (no commercial experience required)
- Strong Programming Skills
- Knowledge of Embedded C
- Interest in Embedded Security / Forensics
- Detail Orientated
- Passion for the analysis side of the work
- Desirable Skills / Knowledge:
- Device Reverse Engineering
- Decompiling of Embedded Code
- Any experience with tools such as Ghidra, IDA Pro etc
Candidates must be US Citizens or Greencard Holders
For more information, contact Kris Rides at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interested in building your skills in event management and logistics? Apply to the Social Fiction Conference Assistant Coordinator (SFCAC) position! This academic year, Social Fiction Conference (SFC) will be held Friday, February 23rd and Saturday, February 24th. For more info. on SFC, review All Things SFC by going to bit.ly/all-things-sfc.
- Knowledge and interest in analyzing societal issues through social fiction is a plus.
- SFCAC will work closely with the Crown Programs staff and SFC Subcommittees to plan Crown College's annual Social Fiction Conference.
- See the application on Handshake at bit.ly/sfcac.
Application Deadline: November 26th at 11:59pm.
For students graduating this quarter:
Prof. Daniel Fremont is looking for a software developer to work on infrastructure/DevOps supporting open-source development of the Scenic probabilistic programming language. Scenic is a domain-specific language based on Python used to model the environments of autonomous cyber-physical systems and generate testing or training data to help ensure their safety. We are beginning a project to transition Scenic from an academic tool with a modest user base to a self-sustaining open-source ecosystem. Towards this end, the developer will create infrastructure to support open-source development of Scenic and its broader adoption.
Applications will be considered at least through December 8, with the goal to hire a developer to start work in January. For details on the required qualifications, salary, specific tasks the developer will carry out, etc., please see the link below.