Kuksenok selected for Honorable Mention in CRA 2010 Undergraduate Research Award

December 4th, 2009

Katie Kuksenok

Katie Kuksenok

Congratulations to Katie Kuksenok for being selected for an Honorable Mention in the Computing Research Association’s Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award competition for 2010!

Katie worked with Oberlin CS alum, Professor Jennifer Mankoff at Carnegie Mellon University’s Human-Computer Interaction Institute.  Their project explored how individuals with chronic illness, and their caregivers, use online resources such as social websites.

More information can be found at the Research on Chronic Illness on the Web website and on Katie’s Summer 2009 DREU Research Journal.



November 24th, 2009

This past weekend, Oberlin College hosted the 2009 Midstates Conference for Undergraduate Research in Computer Science and Mathematics (MCURCSM). Over 40 students and faculty from 12 colleges and universities gathered to hear students make presentations about their research accomplishments this past summer. For more information, see the conference website:


See photos in the gallery: MCURCSM 2009

2009 ACM Programming Contest

November 23rd, 2009

2009 Oberlin ACM contest teams

2009 Oberlin ACM contest teams

The Oberlin Computer Science programming teams had another successful trip to the ACM Programming Contest on Saturday, October 30th.

Four teams of three students competed in the contest: O(bees) (Michael Brooks, Michael Stevenson, Siyang Wu), O-nage (Katie Kuksenok, Ted Warner, Zach Levine), Oberlin Oriented Programmers (Kiron Roy, Emma Conner, Nathan Brown), and Foo Of Oberlin (Thomas Ramfjord, Brendan Chambers, Madhav Kaushish).

O(bees) and O-nage solved 3 problems and Oberlin Oriented Programmers and Foo Of Oberlin solved 2 problems. Overall among 113 teams, they placed 17th, 22nd, 34th, and 44th, respectively. In addition, O(bees) and O-nage ranked 2nd and 4th among the 43 teams participating at the Youngstown State location. Both of those teams were recognized at the post-contest banquet and won backpacks.

Congratulations to all!

See photos in the gallery: 2009 ACM Programming Contest

Congratulations Class of 2009!!!

May 25th, 2009

CSCI Class of 2009

CSCI Class of 2009

Join us in wishing congratulations and best of luck to the Oberlin College Class of 2009.  Pictured to the right are  graduating students who majored in Computer Science at our departmental open house this past Sunday.

From left to right they are the following:  Tom Wilson, Rebecca Linick, and Clayton Thurmer.

Save the Date

May 25th, 2009

Save the Date!

Save the Date!

Our 25th Anniversary Symposium will be held April 23-25, 2010.   We’re inviting all our CS alumni and other interested folks to join us.  You’ll have a chance to meet with the current faculty and students and catch up with your old friends.

All events will take place on the Oberlin College campus. More details to follow.

Announcing the Departmental Development Fund

May 24th, 2009

To celebrate our 25th anniversary, the Department is establishing an endowed fund to support Oberlin student / faculty research, and to fund visits by outside speakers to campus.

We are seeking to raise $50,000 by the time of our 25th Anniversary Symposium and Celebration next April.

You can do your part by pledging now at our Development Fund Website.

Modeling Across The Curriculum – Tony Starfield, University of Minnesota (emeritus)

April 24th, 2009

Join us for a Reception on Wed 4/29/2009 4:00 King 223 before the Talk at 4:30 in King 221.

Modeling Across The Curriculum

Tony Starfield has earned a reputation as the best modeling instructor in the world. Starfield constantly refines group activities that one student describes as “partly fun mind-benders and partly challenging real-world conservation scenarios.” Starfield’s illustrious career has included hands-on contributions to engineering, applied mathematics, and biological modeling, and he brings those experiences to the classroom.  Tony Starfield will be the Fall Instructor for  CSCI 190 – How to Model it and CSCI 390 Seminar in Modeling for the Natural and Social Sciences

Alumni Talk: Antonio Garcia Castaneda '01

April 21st, 2009

Join us on Thursday, April 23rd to hear Antonio Garcia Castaneda (Oberlin Class of 2001) give a talk on “Everything you ever wanted to know about the games industry* … but had no one to ask.”

Antonio has worked in the video game industry for 8 years, most recently for Sony.  He is currently a graduate student at the University of London.

Reception at 4:00pm in King 223, Talk follows at 4:30pm in King 221.

Are you considering graduate school?

April 15th, 2009

Come to our info session to hear about
* types of CS graduate programs
* what one does in graduate school
* what kind of funding is available for this extended education
* application processes
* how and when to register for GREs

Pizza will be provided in King 223 at noon on Wed. 4/22/09
Sign up in the CSCI office King 223 or email jackie.fortino@oberlin.edu if you plan to attend.

Honors proposals for 2009-10 due no later than April 17, 2009

April 1st, 2009

What is Senior Honors? In the spring of every year juniors in Computer Science are invited to submit an Honors Proposal. On the basis of these proposals persons are invited to participate in the Honors program. The Honors program at Oberlin is campus-wide in the sense that almost every department and program has some sort of procedure for determining Honors at Graduation.