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Big Thought is a Dallas-based non-profit organization that focuses on building partnerships to give all students equal access to learning opportunities. Their mission is "to make imagination a part of everyday learning." The CSE Department offers a program about Robots during Spring Break for middle school students in the Dallas area.

The BRAID (Building Recruiting and Inclusion for Diversity) initiative was announced on Sept. 25 by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during her address at the 2014 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting, as part of the Girl’s CHARGE, a CGI Commitment to Action comprised of 30 companies, civil society organizations, multilaterals and governments to improve learning and leadership opportunities for young women and girls. BRAID is supported by three-year funding commitments from Facebook, Google, Intel and Microsoft. Maria Klawe, president of Harvey Mudd College, and Telle Whitney, president and CEO of the Anita Borg Institute (ABI), will lead the BRAID initiative. Participating universities will receive $30,000 per year for three years to help support their efforts.

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) at the University of North Texas (UNT) was one of 15 universities in the United States to join a nationwide initiative to recruit more women and underrepresented minorities into the ranks of computer science majors and professionals.

For more info, please visit CSE's BRAID Initiative page.

Convergence Technology Center is a National Science Foundation funded partnership which UNT has joined to promote the "convergence" of many community college programs with four year degree programs, such as CSE's BA in Information Technology. CSE faculty will take the lead in developing curriculum for mobile device applications development.

UNT CSE is participating in a grant program with the goal of attracting more women into our engineering programs. To that end we will be hosting a number of Open house Events, Mini-Camps and High School and Community College visitations. If you have, know or are a teacher for Freshman through Senior Women who might have some interest in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or Information Technology, then you will want to be sure to let them know about these events.

They are also open to young women who may want to transfer from a Community College to complete their Bachelors Degree. We are also setting up visits to High Schools and Community Colleges, as well as visits with Home School groups. You can visit www.cse.unt.edu/DiversitySummit to see the schedule and get more information. 

NACLO, North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad, holds a regional competition for high school students that is hosted by the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. NACLO is an educational competition in Computational Linguistics, the science of designing computer algorithms to solve linguistic problems. It challenges students to develop strategies for tackling problems in real languages and formal symbolic systems. 

We will host the “Secure Software Testing for Web and Mobile Applications” Research Experience for Undergraduates Site at University of North Texas this summer.    Accepted students will receive:

  • The opportunity to work on exciting research in the area of web testing.
  • $5,000 stipend for 10 weeks.
  • Housing
  • Some students will receive a travel stipend for moving expenses.
  • The opportunity to be part of program that has a strong emphasis on collaboration with other students (you won’t sit at a computer by yourself all day/every day)

More details and the application are available: http://www.cse.unt.edu/~reneebryce/Renee_Bryce/REU.html 
 
 

Robocamp is a summer robotics day camp that has been offered free of charge to middle and high school students by the CSE Department since 2005. Girls Robocamp, Boys Robocamp and Xbox Game Programming Camps have been presented in the past.

UNT GenCyber is a summer cybersecurity day camp that is offered free of charge to middle and high school students by the CSE Department.