Title

Computer Science Recruitment for the 21st Century

Presenter Information

Janet Guntly

Department

Computer Science

Major

Computer Science

Research Advisor

Tauritz, Daniel R.

Advisor's Department

Computer Science

Funding Source

Computing Research Association Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W); Missouri S&T Opportunities for Undergraduate Research Experiences (OURE) Program

Abstract

The goal of this project is to create recruitment software to aid in reversing the alarming trend of decreasing interest in Computer Science (CS) among American students, particularly females. The current generation of American students, especially females, tends to be attracted to fields with clear social relevancy. Third through sixth grade is a crucial time when students form their opinions about, and interests in, math and science. Misconceptions about what CS is and a lack of understanding regarding its many socially relevant applications creates negative associations during this crucial time. These negative associations can result later in many (female) students not picking the math and science classes that would prepare them for a CS career, ultimately lowering CS enrollment. Our recruitment software explains in an entertaining way what CS is and showcases its social relevancy through a series of highly visual, interactive games & puzzles, and illustrates CS alumni careers.

Biography

Janet Guntly is a senior majoring in Computer Science. She will be working at Monsanto in St. Louis, Missouri this summer and fall as part of the cooperative education program. She intends to graduate in May 2010. In addition, she is a member of the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) and Phi Kappa Phi, a national all-discipline honor society. This is her second undergraduate research project; the first was a multidisciplinary project with Environmental Engineering involving indoor air quality.

Research Category

Social Sciences

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Document Type

Poster

Award

Social Sciences poster session, Third place

Location

Upper Atrium/Hallway

Presentation Date

08 Apr 2009, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Comments

Joint project with Jasmine Glaese and Charissa Mathis

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Computer Science Recruitment for the 21st Century

Upper Atrium/Hallway

The goal of this project is to create recruitment software to aid in reversing the alarming trend of decreasing interest in Computer Science (CS) among American students, particularly females. The current generation of American students, especially females, tends to be attracted to fields with clear social relevancy. Third through sixth grade is a crucial time when students form their opinions about, and interests in, math and science. Misconceptions about what CS is and a lack of understanding regarding its many socially relevant applications creates negative associations during this crucial time. These negative associations can result later in many (female) students not picking the math and science classes that would prepare them for a CS career, ultimately lowering CS enrollment. Our recruitment software explains in an entertaining way what CS is and showcases its social relevancy through a series of highly visual, interactive games & puzzles, and illustrates CS alumni careers.