The sixth annual College of Charleston Computer Science Alumni Symposium will take place on February 21, 2012 and organizers are again expecting a full audience. This year’s event, the sixth annual, will focus on women in computer science and will feature presentations by eight successful computer science alumnae. The free event is open to the public and will be held from noon to 2:00 p.m. in room 202 of the Tate Center (lunch is included). This event is expected to fill up, so registration is required.

“Symposium is a valued tradition of the computer science department and there are many positive outcomes,” says Chris Starr, chair of the Department of Computer Science. “Current students are able to make career connections and obtain internship offers and our alumni are able to reconnect with the College as well as faculty they worked with while here. Plus, seeing the success of these alumnae validates the computer since courses/programs and value of a liberal arts education in computing.”

Each presenter will give a “three-minute madness” talk, then there will be a panel discussion with Q&A from the audience. Alumnae will discuss their interests and advice on topics including job hunting, graduate school, start ups and jobs. Some of the speakers have themselves been students in the audience at previous symposia. The symposium also serves as a warm-up for the career fair held on the following day.

The presenters include:

Melanie Bodiford ’92, Corporate Application Support Supervisor, Santee Cooper
Michelle Crosby ’10
Alex Johnson ’11, Product Specialist, T-Metrics, Inc.
Brittany Johnson ’11, Ph.D. Student, NC State
Yuliya Karpievitch ’01, Lead Biostatistician, Caprion Proteomics (Menlo Park, CA)
Laura Reid ’10, Systems Administrator, College of Charleston Information Technology
Valerie Sessions ’01: Computer Science Assistant Professor at Charleston Southern University and Computer Scientist at SPAWAR
Megan Weaver ’11, Software Systems Engineer

For more information, contact symposium co-chairs Jim Bowring at 843.608.1399 or RoxAnn Stalvey at 843.953.8153.