Community Engagement

The Department of Computer Science regularly hosts, supports, and contributes to projects, symposiums, workshops, and conferences.

  • Alumni Symposium: An annual event, held in March, featuring Computer Science alumni engaging and networking with current students. Several alumni are invited annually to present and host a Q&A session. Department Contact: Tony Leclerc
  • BizBash: Held in the fall semester, coinciding with CofC Career Fair, recruiters are invited to network with students and alumni seeking potential employment. Department Contact: Rebecca Utz
  • Charleston Digital CorridorA community of a creative effort to attract, nurture and promote Charleston's tech economy through a combination of technology-enabled initiatives and business incentives, private business support and member-driven programming.
  • Charleston STEM Festival: An annual festival, held in early spring, promoting engagement and celebration of STEM fields with hands-on activities for children and adults of all ages.
  • Computer Science Research Speaker Series: A series where each week a CofC faculty or guest speaker discuss professional, ethical, legal, and social issues and responsibilities in computing. Department Contact: Rebecca Utz and Renée McCauley, Department Chair.
  • Global Game Jam: As a registered site for the annual Global Game Jam, the CS department offers both College of Charleston students and the broader Charleston community the opportunity to stretch their creativity, coding and collaboration skills by creating a fully original game in just 48 hours. Depatment Contact: Sarah Schoemann
  • Harbor Walk After Five: An annual event concluding the spring semester senior capstone projects with a poster session, demos, and 'industry projects' presentations. Department Contacts: Renée McCauley, Department Chair and Rebecca Utz
  • High School Programming CompetitionAn annual programming competition for high school students, held in February, that participating teams solve problems and introduce their solution utilizing Python and Java.  Department Contacts: Renée McCauley, Department Chair 
  • Industry Advisory Board: A board concentrating on matters of strategic direction and philosophy of the computing programs for the CofC Computer Science Department.  For more information, contact department chair: Renée McCauley, Department Chair
  • Lady Cougars STEM Education Day:  An annual event, held in November and presented by the CofC School of Science and Mathematics, Lowcountry Hall of Science and Math, and the Lady Cougars Basketball team, where middle school students experience hands-on activities and demonstrations related to science, technology, engineering and math.  
  • SCAMP (South Carolina Alliance for Minority Participation: An accelerated summer transition program, geared towards minority students interested in pursuing a degree in math or science. Contact:  
  • Southeast USA Regional International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC): Held in November, an annual contest for teams of three students involving algorithmic programming problems. Department Contact: Tony Leclerc
Open Source Software Development
  • CIRDLES - Open-source development projects:
    • ET_Redux - CIRDLES' flagship data-processing and workflow automation software for geochronologists.
    • MARS - Middleware for Assisting with the Registration of Samples - prototypes an automated approach for use with SESAR.
    • SquidData processing software for SHRIMP mass spectrometers sponsored by Geoscience Australia
    • Topsoil - Community-driven replacement for Isoplot.
    • Tripoli - Imports mass spectrometer raw data files and supports their interactive review.  
  • JythonMusic - Open source environment for music making and creative programming activities.