The department has a very long tradition of taking groups of
students to computer science conferences.
- The CCSC:MS conference is a
two-day academic conference each spring,
usually in Arkansas or western Tennessee. Students participate in the
programming contest, present in the undergraduate research
sessions, and attend other academic talks.
- The Hendrix-Rhodes-Sewanee
Undergraduate Symposium (HRS) occurs each spring and involves students
from Hendrix College, Rhodes College, and Sewanee (University of
the South). We host HRS at Hendrix once every four years, and we
take students to Rhodes or Sewanee. The primary emphasis is
mathematics, but computer science students are welcome.
Once or twice a semester, the faculty organizes a party where
computer science students can meet informally to talk, play
games, or watch a movie together.
In the programming contest format, teams of three students are
given a set of programming problems to solve in a five-hour period
using a single computer shared among them. The winning team is the
one who solves the most problems; ties are broken by looking at the
total time spent on the problems that the team solved.
Each fall, we take teams to the Mid-Central USA regional
contest (which forms part of the ACM International Collegiate
Programming Contest); and each spring, we take teams to attend the
CCSC:MS conference and compete in its affiliated contest.
History of results from the contests:
Mid-Central USA ACM contest