Newsletter: Carleton Sentinel

"Keeping you in the loop since 2005"

  • Programming Contest Kickoff

    September 17, 2008
    Once again, Carleton will be assembling teams of students to participate in the ACM Programming Contest. The experience is totally fun, and you get to practice different styles of programming than you may experience in your courses. The contest itself will be held on Saturday, November 15, at another college somewhere in our general vicinity. Want to participate and show how awesome Carleton is? Contact Dave Musicant (email dmusican) with questions or to express your interest by the end of the day on Wednesday, September 24. If you want to learn more about the contest in general, check out the contest website. You don't need to put in a lot of time into this: showing up at the main event in November and having fun is what matters most.
  • Epic Systems Corporation in Madison, WI has hired a number of our graduates in the past. They recently contacted us to tell us that they are looking to hire. Click above for more information.

  • ACM-W has announced a scholarship program to help undergraduate women attend research conferences. This program is open to undergraduate as well as graduate students, and they do not have to be presenting at the conference. The scholarships are for up to $500 each, and approximately 12 are awarded per year. For more information visit the following website:

  • Three Rings Is Hiring

    June 9, 2008

    Three Rings is a startup company located in San Francisco that produces online games. They are currently looking for developers in both full-time and intern capacities, and they are also looking to hire artists. We've been told that they have a frequently changing list of job options and opportunities, so if you're interested, you should check back often. For more information, visit the list of current openings.

  • Department Picnic

    May 29, 2008

    Come one, come all to the Joint Math Department/CS Department picnic! Let's celebrate the end of the year with a feast of good conversation and picnic food on the Hill of Three Oaks at noon on Tuesday, June 3rd. Enjoy the sunshine. Play games with and against the faculty. Make sure to put your name on the signup page by the glass doors on the second floor of the CMC. That's essential to ensure that we have enough food for everyone. Add your name by 4 pm on Friday, May 30. It's going to be fun; we hope to see you there!

  • Next week, Turing Award winner Ron Rivest will be visiting our department as part of the Carleton College Chesley Lecture program. The Turing Award is the equivalent of a Nobel Prize in computer science, so this is a big deal! Prof. Rivest is the "R" in the RSA encryption algorithm, which is used, well, everywhere. For example, it's how your web browser is communicating with secure websites when you see that padlock icon. Prof. Rivest is currently very interested in voting system security. If you've paid any attention at all to the debate that's occurred over the last few years regarding electronic voting systems, you'll really want to hear what he has to say. Click above for more details on his talks.

  • FreEner-g is a startup solar energy company that is looking for two computer science summer interns. One of these positions may ultimately lead to a full time job. Click above to see the ad that they sent us; for more information or to apply, contact Laura Cina.

  • Questions about CS or Math classes? Your student department advisers (SDAs) are having office hours, with pizza! Meet them on Wednesday, May 21 from 7pm to 9pm, 3rd floor CMC in the Math Skills Center. Also feel free to email the CS SDA Janara (christej) or the Math SDA Jonah (ostroffj) with questions.

  • Registration for fall courses is coming up soon: it begins on Monday, May 26. Click above for descriptions of the computer science courses (above Intro to CS) that will be offered this spring. In addition to your own adviser, remember that you can contact our Student Departmental Adviser (Janara Christensen, if you have questions.

  • The Carleton Quantitative Inquiry, Reasoning, and Knowledge Initiative (QuIRK) is hiring student research assistants to start this fall and also possibly this summer. They are looking for students with statistical training, but they tell us that students with computer science capability and some knowledge of statistics would be fabulous. For more information, including how to apply, visit the program website.

  • Epic Systems Corporation in Madison, WI has hired a number of our graduates in the past. They recently contacted us to tell us that they are looking to hire software developers. See this advertisement for more information.

  • Pavel Kapinos in the Economics department here at Carleton is looking for some programming help. It would be an official paid student-work job, and he'd like to find someone to complete this work by the end of the term, but some work early in the summer would also be possible. Specifically, he needs someone with knowledge of Excel-based Visual Basic to debug a program. The project should take a small amount of time but a longer assignment may also be available. Contact: pkapinos.