BSOE Undergraduate Newsletter
Applications for DRP in Winter 2019 are now open!
IRES at CERN 2019: Application Period Open
Opportunities in the Tech4Good Lab
Connecting to Social Good Organizations
SUMMER 2019 COURSES ARE POSTED!!
Three Upcoming Hackathons
Applications for DRP in Winter 2019 are now open!
EE279: Optimization and Control for Electric Power Systems, Winter 2019
Samsung UVENTURE Team on Campus
The University of California Education Abroad Program (UCEAP) offers a 6-week summer study abroad program for UC students at the Technical University in Berlin, Germany.
Courses for summer 2019 feature an exciting lineup of engineering and business courses. Some of these include:
·Innovation and Entrepreneurship
·3D Scanning and Printing
·Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
·Virtual Reality and Exercise Gaming
·CanSat: Hands-on Satellite Design
All courses are taught in English and award UC credit.
To help students in your department learn more about this study abroad opportunity, please consider posting the attached flyer in your office and sharing this link by email: .
The UCSC deadline to apply is January 16, 2019. TUB%20Flyer%20%281%29.pdf
Applications for the 2019 version of the International Research
Experiences for Students (IRES) at CERN program are now being accepted
until 3 January 2019.*
Attached, please find the announcement for the 2019 version of the
International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) at CERN program,
which each Summer supports 6 undergraduates in an internship and
training experience at CERN, in Geneva, Switzerland. Potential
candidates will have finished their junior or senior year by Summer
2019, with majors in physics, electrical or mechanical engineering, or
computer science. This year, the 9-week program will run from
17 June - 17 August 2019. The application period opens today, 1
November 2018, and closes on 3 January 2019. Please circulate the flyer
and/or this information to your advisees and other qualified students,
particularly those who belong to groups historically underrepresented in
Program URL: http://physics.gmu.edu/~rubinp
Application URL: http://physics.gmu.edu/~rubinp
The Tech4Good Lab has a few positions open for undergraduate students. We are looking for people who are extremely responsible, love learning, and have a strong drive to apply technology for social good. We are looking for a small number of new team members with prior experience or the ability to learn fast in the following roles:
- Web development/writing: you would be coding using Angular/Redux/Firebase for one of the lab projects, and also helping to write/improve tutorials for others as you learn,
- Design: you would be designing and iterating on web interfaces in Figma,
- Math tutor/prototyping/qualitative research: you would be iterating on prototypes for a tutoring chatbot by holding mini-tutoring sessions with elementary school students, conducting interviews, and doing qualitative research.
You would likely be working on one of the following teams (or another incubating project):
- Causeway: we are building out a platform which teaches people web development through micro-roles, where participants automatically help to build websites for nonprofits as they learn,
- Collectively: we are designing reading groups to inject curiosity and creativity into computer science education, and networking them groups together to achieve interesting collective goals,
- Tuto: we are developing conversational UX / chatbots that guide elementary school students in reasoning through math problems.
Joining requires a commitment of 10 hours/week for the quarter for independent study credits. If you are interested, fill out the Tech4Good Lab Interest Form and send an email to David Lee (email@example.com).
Tech4Good Fellows Program
The Tech4Good Fellows Program supports a few undergraduate students in learning to develop products for social good while also advancing research in social computing. This one-year program starts in Spring 2019, and consists of 10 hour/wk independent studies during the academic quarter and a full-time, paid summer research position for 12 weeks. Fellows are provided with tremendous learning opportunities in owning both technical and leadership dimensions of projects within the Tech4Good Lab.
Ideal fellows are (1) strong in one of the following three areas: design, development, or mathematical proofs, (2) curious, life-long learners always looking to expand their knowledge and skills, and (3) have strong drive and motivation to apply technology for social good.
Apply by January 1, 11:59pm at https://goo.gl/forms/
Are you connected to a nonprofit, government, or community organization that you think might like to build closer connections to campus? If so, please forward the below opportunity to them!
CruzHacks | Tech4Good: Social Good Partnership
The Tech4Good Lab (tech4good.soe.ucsc.edu) is partnering with CruzHacks (cruzhacks.com) to more closely connect the campus to social good organizations, and to guide the hackathon towards greater support of social innovation.
If you represent a nonprofit, community, government, or public benefit organization, and would like to connect with the campus in either the short-term or longer-term, fill out the following form to let us know how we can better engage with and partner with you:
CruzHacks is UC Santa Cruz's annual non-profit, student-run hackathon and will take place January 18-20, 2019. Over the course of the weekend, 600 students from over 25 universities will come together to learn, network, and build. The event brings together a diverse and talented group of students who compete to develop innovative solutions and to solve real world challenges, including for local organizations like yours!
This year, CruzHacks is providing an opportunity for social good organizations to present challenges they face to the UCSC community! We're looking for social good representatives who are interested in (1) pitching a problem or potential project area to students on Friday, January 18 @ 8pm, and/or (2) who are available to be a social good mentor on Saturday, January 19
Please send to your students so they can explore 300+ courses. We're planning 45+ online courses, a breadth of general eds, engaging small class sizes, and neat opportunities that are hard to get in other quarters.
Tuition will be $279 per credit. Financial Aid is available, as is lots of housing in Porter College (at half the price of rest-of-year), extended library hours, on-campus jobs, and better bus service.
Baskin Engineering Courses offered are as follows:
- Biomolecular Engineering: BME 80G, BME 185, BME 188A, BME 188B
- Computer Engineering: CMPE 12/L, CMPE 13/L, CMPE 16
- Computer Science: CMPS 12A/L, CMPS 12B/M, CMPS 101, CMPS 109, CMPS 115, CMPS 140
- Electrical Engineering: EE 101/L, EE 129B, EE 129C, EE 145/L, EE 151, EE 171/L
Alexa Skills Challenge: Multimodal
Build (or update) Alexa skills using Alexa Presentation Language (APL) that leverages the screen on one of the following devices: Fire TV, Echo Show, Echo Spot, and Fire Tablets.
- Prizes: Up to $150,000 in cash and prizes
- Deadline: January 22, 2019
- Learn more and register at alexamultimodal.devpost.com
Twitch AWS Extensions Challenge
Build Twitch Extensions for viewers, broadcasters, or both. Extensions can be in any category and any theme, as long as it uses integrates at least one AWS service.
- Prizes: Up to $26,500 in cash and prizes
- Deadline: February 26, 2019
- Learn more and register at twitchdev.devpost.com
Microsoft Graph Security Hackathon
Build or update a functioning Microsoft Graph-powered solution that leverages the Microsoft Graph Security API. (Note: Please review the complete requirements on the website)
- Prizes: Up to $15,000 in cash, promotion and a speaking opportunity at Microsoft Build 2019
- Deadline: March 1, 2019
- Learn more and register at graphsecurityhack.devpost.com
Event Location: Stevenson Event Center, UCSC
Coding in the context of community
With a new slate of leaders at the helm, UCSC’s student organized CruzHacks aims to bring together 500 hackers of all backgrounds for a weekend of innovation. The non-profit hackathon hopes to create an environment in which high school and college students can work collaboratively to harness their talents and make their visions for social change a reality. While most hackathons cater to a narrowly focused tech community, CruzHacks endeavors to create engagement and value for the Santa Cruz as a whole.
What’s new at CruzHacks 2019?
This year’s event will take place in a new venue from January 18th-20th 2019, at 5pm in the Stevenson Event Center. The new location will allow the event to start earlier than in years past, allowing more time for participants as the hackathon hopes to act as an immersive, weekend long experience for all those involved. Part of this experience will reside in the plethora of workshops which will be held during the event. The technical workshops will cater to all levels, addressing topics ranging from basic web development and cloud frameworks to machine learning and blockchain programming. In addition, CruzHacks will also offer several non-technical workshops to allow hackers to take a break when they desire. From dog petting and yoga to video game stations and stargazing there will be recreational options for a wide variety of interests. Regardless of whichever specific activity appeals to any one person, CruzHacks promises to be enthralling weekend for hackers, audience members, and the community at large.
Hackers, mentors, and judges apply now!
Applications are officially open for all positions and can be found at cruzhacks.com. The hacker application requires a student to fill out personal information as well as a questionnaire to gage if their values align with the hackathon’s mission. Creating a hackathon for all requires everyone involved to be committed to a vision of inclusion.
Faculty members are highly encouraged to apply as mentors and judges. The participation of faculty members is greatly desired in order to further engage the UCSC community as well as offer hackers access to a vast reserve of expertise and teaching ability. However, these mentor and judge positions are not limited to faculty members. Those with the knowledge and passion for helping others in a hackathon setting are always needed.
Act fast because applications will close on December 20th, 2018!
This course is mainly targeting graduate students, but it is also open to undergrads. The students are expected to have good background in math, especially in multivariate analysis and linear algebra. The syllabus can be found at: https://www.dropbox.com/s/tth0fqngi66td4o/EE279%20Syllabus_Winter2019.pdf?dl=0
If you're interested in taking this course, please send email to Prof Yu Zhang (firstname.lastname@example.org) asking for permission code.
Event Location: E2-180
The Samsung UVENTURE team is coming to campus to share information about their competition and internship program on Thursday, January 10th at 5:30pm, in E2-180. There will be pizza, a raffle, and the opportunity to learn more about the competition! Winning teams will receive an offer to join Samsung as 2019 summer interns in San Jose and receive a $1,000 cash prize.Uventure%20UCSC%20Flyer.pdf
Alex Pang is looking for a reader/tutor for CMPS 161/L in winter'19.
The ideal candidate would be someone who has taken the course
before. Someone who is knowledgeable with visualization tools
and techniques would be acceptable as well (following an
Time commitments are:
a. grading pgms (there's 2 -- https://users.soe.ucsc.edu/~pa
b. helping out in the lab sections --
c. time permitting --
extra tutor hours, midterm review, ...
Contact email@example.com if you're interested or have questions.