Newsletter: Carleton Sentinel

"Keeping you in the loop since 2005"

  • Hami Abdi and Phineas Callahan are forming a study group for the ACM/ICPC and are looking for mathematically inclined programmers to join them. The ACM/ICPC is an annual intercollegiate programming competition that tests contestants ability to solve a wide variety of algorithmic problems. Carleton's regional qualifier occurs in late October/early November, so the group would independently study the most common classes of problems over the summer and then meet weekly in the fall to work through old contests. Students who enjoy problem solving or want to improve their technical interviewing skills should email Hami or Phineas for more information.

  • The Archives Department is looking to hire a Programmer and Data Processing Assistant starting in the fall.  This is a student work position.  The purpose of the position is to write new, or implement existing, programming scripts to use in the Archives to automate workflows, add features to the department's website, batch process data or files and transform data schemas.  Contact Nate Wilson if you are interested.

  • Check out this contest!  Your Mission:  propose an experiment using GE technology to disprove the impossible.  You can receive up to a $100,000 scholarship from GE.  Response deadline is June 14, 2016.  Click here for more information.

  • Each year the Computer Science Department awards the David Pollatsek '96 Prize in Computer Science to the graduating senior or seniors who best reflect David's special strengths:  his intellectual curiosity, his creativity, his imaginative programming, his love of art, and his flair for design.  This year the department is pleased to name Adam Canady and Marielle Foster as the co-recipients of the prize.  Congratulations to Adam and Marielle!

  • The Horizons Fellowship supports 10 outstanding university students and covers all tuition and housing costs for a 3-month summer program that teaches software engineering and provides students the network and perspective needed to launch careers in tech.  You need to act fast since the deadline is April 21, 2016.  Click here for more information.

  • Summer Internship

    April 20, 2016

    Nombers is looking for Carleton students interested in a summer internship opportunity with a background in CS and math.  Click here for more information and the job description can be found under "Join Our Team".

  • Summer Job Opportunity

    April 20, 2016

    There is a summer work position available for a student interested in working on the College's weather site.  (Carleton has been recording weather data since 1881, making this possibly the longest-running research project at the College!)  The work will be divided between helping to set up new weather data gathering instruments in the Arb, and programming in Linux and Python.  

    The Arb work will involve manual labor, so a cheerful willingness to be outdoors in the summertime is desired.    An interest in electronics will be helpful but no experience is necessary.

    Programming will be done on a single-board microcontroller running Debian.  Familiarity with updating Linux, installing packages, proficiency in writing Python, and knowledge of Tkinter GUI is desired.  Emphasis will be placed on carefully and completely documenting your code.

    The successful candidate should be comfortable and productive working alone for hours at a time.  In all aspects of the work, attention to detail and ability to handle sensitive instruments will be required.  

    To apply for this position, please write a few sentences for each of the following:

    • What makes you interested in this position?
    • Please describe your experience or interest in electronics.
    • Please describe your familiarity with Linux and Python.
    • Would you have any restrictions to working outside in the summer?
    • How well do you do meeting deadlines and self pacing your work?

    Please send one or two references, along with the above, to Tom Baraniak (

  • Scholarship Opportunity

    April 13, 2016

    Off-Campus Studies is pleased to share a new scholarship opportunity with students majoring or intending to major in economics, computer science, physics, chemistry, biology, geology, math or math/statistics.  The Horton Global Scholars Program will award a $3,000 scholarship to one student based on financial need and a brief essay.  The deadline is May 3.  Click here for more information.

  • They are looking for math or computer science students who might be interested in becoming middle or high school math/CS teachers.  Application deadline is April 29.  Click here for more information.

  • Congratulations to the following students who received Distinction in Computer Science Comps: Chet Aldrich, Josie Bealle, Jonathan Brodie, Alec Bunnell, Adam Canady, Eric Ewing, Marielle Foster, Stephen Grinich, Anne Grosse, Haley Hinze, Sahree Kasper, Robert Krossa, Valerie Lambert, Kiley Maki, Risako Owan, and Ibrahim Rabbani.

  • The NAIPC will take place on Saturday, April 16 from 12-5 p.m. (Central time).  This contest has an "Open Division" that is open to everyone (including individual students who don't have a full team, ICPC-ineligible students, coaches, etc.).  Registration deadline is April 5.  Click here for more information.

  • Applications are now available to work for the Computer Science Department next year.  The job description and application can be found here.  Applications are due by April 22.