The School of Computing Symposium is a semester event that showcases work done by both undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in computing courses during the fall and spring semesters. Everything from course projects, to capstone projects, to graduate theses is presented as posters to the public in a professional environment. Often these presentations include examples of hardware and software SoC students have constructed over the course of the semester. These poster presentations may be the work of a group of students or a single student, and all constitute a considerable amount of work by the students. The event is free to present and attend, and attendees are able to vote on the presentations they like the most. Prizes are awarded to presentations at the end of the symposium. There are honorable mention prizes for each course represented, as well as a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place overall prizes.
This is the third SoC symposium the Thomas G. Carpenter Library has participated as a “Community Partner” with the School of Computing to foster interdisciplinary academic engagement with students. As a Community Partner the Library works with a group of students from the Information Systems Senior Project capstone courses (Fall and Semester), and acts as a “customer” in need of a software-based web application that fulfills some need. This year the library requested of the students a custom group study room reservation web application. Early in the semester a group of students from the Senior Project course volunteered to tackle this project, and throughout the semester has met with representatives from the library to discuss business requirements, design, and functionality. The library will continue to work with this group of students in the Spring 2015 semester to the successful completion of the project.
During the Fall 2014 Symposium the undergraduate Senior Project course group working with the Thomas G. Carpenter Library won the 1st Place Overall prize, including a $200 cash prize.