Valpo Undergraduate Computer Science Research
Valpo’s undergraduate research program for computer science was established before computing and information sciences became a department distinct from mathematics and statistics. Faculty/student joint projects date back to the 1990s, and includes work with NASA on amplification and information retention with data from the X-ray portion of the spectrum.
Multi-year research efforts often see junior or senior students helping to mentor freshmen and sophomore. For any level of student, these projects allow students to learn about the research process, which can be a key skill for both further professional development either in industry or in graduate study. The range of the projects listed below illustrate the wide scope for inquiry and collaboration in computing.
Selected Undergraduate Research Reports
- “Virtual Laboratory for Flexural Beam Testing” – Chase Greenhagen, Ben Dillon, Benjamin, Leighton Fritze, Clarence Wallace, Henry Uchekwe; 2017.
- “Improve Scholarly Efforts in Understanding Ancient Texts using a Web Interface” – Shea Ridgeway,
Isaiah Sorvaag, Christopher Evans; 2017.
- “Cross Talk, Visualizing the Dynamics of Students Interrupting Each Other in Typed Chat” – Austin Coleman, Nasser Almawash, Chinedu Emeka, Piyush Chowdri; 2016.
- Circle the Cat: A Modern Adaptation and Analysis of a Classic Mathematical Game, by Timothy Olson, Kirk Baly, Owen Prough, and Alex Youngman (James Caristi, Advisor); 2010.
- R and Its Applications, by Traci Blonquist and Robert Thompson, 2010
- k-Equitable Labeling of Graphs by Deborah Beals and Robert Thompson (Zsuzsanna Szaniszló, Advisor); 2009.
Summer Opportunities for Valpo Students
The faculty encourages its students to take advantage of opportunities to conduct research during the summer months. Faculty advisors can be invaluable in helping students locate research projects that match their interests, as well as writing recommendations and offering advice on application strategies.
There are also opportunities at other institutions - recent students have participated in research experiences for undergraduates held at Notre Dame (data analytics), Cleveland State (robotic legs and balance), or industry-focused externships available through the Career Center. These summer opportunities, often funded, provide both career opportunities and the opportunity to practice the skills acquired in the classroom.
Valpo computer science majors present their research findings in a variety of venues, including student and professional conferences at the regional and national levels.
Both research teams and the CIS Capstone course project groups regularly participate in the annual Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE), held in the spring.