Increasing Student Retention in Computer Science Through Research Programs for Undergraduates

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Wednesday, 2 August, 9 - 9:30 am
Room 157

For two years, the University of Rhode Island and IMEDIA in Providence, Rhode Island, have brought together local undergraduates from art, design, and computer science majors to engage in a structured program of 3D graphics and new media research. The primary goals are to increase the number of students who continue to graduate studies in computing and to scientific careers. Even for those students who do not continue to graduate school, the program strengthens the overall retention rates in computing and trains a stronger industrial workforce. This presentation describes the structure and goals of the program, its problems, the curriculum, example student research projects, initial results from surveys, and retention.

Peter Stephenson
IMEDIA, Inc.
ps (at) imedia-labs.com

L Miguel Encarnação
IMEDIA, Inc.

Jean-Yves Hervé
Ron Hutt
Joan Peckham
University of Rhode Island