Computer Science Student Activities

Research conferences

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.

Social activities

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.

Programming Competitions

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
CCSC:MS contest
Arkansas contest