Title

Computer Science Recruitment for the 21st Century

Presenter Information

Charissa Mathis

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

Charissa Mathis attended Rolla High School and is currently a junior, pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and a minor in Psychology. She is the president and webmaster of Missouri S&T's ACM-W chapter. This summer she will be participating in an internship with Express Scripts as a Java programmer. During the school year, she works in the Computer Science office as an office assistant, and formerly she worked for the Rolla Public Schools Technology Department as a computer technician. Her hobbies include computers & technology, reading, sketching, and origami.

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 Janet Guntly

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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.