The CS faculty at
Connecticut College believe that undergraduate research is essential for
CS majors. Indeed, it is one of the major
strengths of the Connecticut College Computer Science Program. The ability to conduct independent research
is probably the main characteristic of interest to employers who wants
innovative employees, as well as to universities when considering graduate
school applicants. Not only will
undergraduate student research set you apart from other college graduates who
will most likely not have had the opportunity to conduct novel CS research, the
process will also greatly deepen and enrich your undergraduate education. Since CS tends to be strongly
interdisciplinary, you are encouraged to pursue cross-disciplinary work in your
research projects. Common areas of
collaboration are with art, music, biology, physics, economics, chemistry,
neuroscience, psychology, and philosophy, but you are of course encouraged to
forge your own connections as well!
7 pm to 9:45 pm in Blaustein 211
Your grade in this class will be
established through consultation with your research adviser. It will be a reflection of your combined
performance in this class and in your research. For more details on grading, see below.
COM495 (offered every fall) and
COM496 (offered every spring) are required courses for computer science majors.
Students who would normally take independent studies to work on research
projects will sign up for these courses. The faculty member assigned to the
course will be the course coordinator.
Students will be doing research directly with faculty in their area of
interest. Please see the CS
Research Page for available areas of research. It is required that students contact the faculty
member they will be working with either before enrolling in the course
(preferred) or within one week of the courses first meeting date.
in computer science research. An introduction to research
methods and implementation of a major research project. Students will
read, present, and discuss technical papers; write a research proposal; make
weekly reports; raise issues for class discussion; complete their research;
write a technical paper; and do a public presentation. May be repeated
unlimited times for credit.
Prerequisite: 300 level course in the area of computer science research or permission of instructor.
The course will meet weekly with a
2.5 hour session. The weekly meeting
will be for students to discuss their research projects (all the students in
the class will present their progress and raise issues for discussion) and for
one student to present a research paper pertinent to the topic they are
studying. The students will be required to develop a research timeline, write a
research proposal, complete their body of research, write a technical paper,
and do a presentation at the end of the course.
indicated on Research Log, Progress Sheet, and Meetings with research
Quality The objective
of this class is to complete a body of research, which will be completed in two
semesters. For larger projects, it is possible, and encouraged, to extend the
research to over more than two semesters. The amount and level of research
completed will be determined by your advisor. It is important that you develop
a research plan with weekly goals and that you keep track of your progress. A
Google Docs spreadsheet will be provided for you to keep this information. It
is expected that each student in this class will work 10 to 15 hours per week
(including class time and meetings with their advisor) on the project. In order
to help you keep up with this weekly workload, you will be required to log any
hours spent on the project in this spreadsheet. These spreadsheets will be
checked regularly by your advisor and the course instructor.
Final Presentation At the end of the semester
there will be a session where all students enrolled in the Research Seminar
will present their work to the CS Dept and others who
wish to attend.
Paper A final paper
of the quality needed for submission to a conference is to be completed.
Attendance and participation at every class is important part of this seminar.
The grade here will include how well you present your research updates to the
class and the quantity and quality of your discussion of the research presented
be assigned to assist you in the completion of your research and/or paper.
Although not listed with a specific percentage of the overall grade, the
quality of the homework will help the advisor and instructor in assigning
grades to the components of the course listed above.