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Department of Computer Science hosts its largest career fair to date

An alumnus and recruiter from Amazon interviews  a student

More than 1,200 students attended the Computer Science Resources Consortium Career Fair in the Commonwealth Ballroom at the Squires Student on Monday, Sept. 10.

The CSRC houses the department’s corporate partners program and has been hosting career fairs for computer science students for more than 30 years.  Usually held at the beginning of each fall and spring semester in September and February, this month’s fair was the largest ever for both student and company participation.

In addition to undergraduate and graduate computer science majors, students pursuing a minor and students majoring in related majors such as computer engineering  and computational modeling and data analytics are invited to participate.

The career fair was the centerpiece of nearly a week of career-focused and professional  activities sponsored by the CSRC. Several days before the fair students were able to take advantage of a resume review workshop and career fair prep session. One evening students were invited to meet company representatives at an opening reception and hear from seven premier-level members of the CSRC.  Students also had the opportunity to do first-round interviews after initial meetings with employers in the ballroom.

Corporate support of the CSRC continues to be an important source of support for student scholarships. Scholarship recipients were recognized at a lunch attended by company representatives and faculty members from the department. In 2018-2019 the CSRC will contribute $93,000 directly to student scholarships in addition to $100,000 towards the endowment that supports “CS Investment in Excellence” scholarships, a fund that yielded an additional $16,000 for student scholarships this year as well.

 

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