Projects & Activities
During the summer, computer science students frequently complete research experiences for undergraduates (REUs) at prestigious institutions. Recent examples include:
- Astronomy image processing at the Space Telescope Science Institute
- Secure computing at Dartmouth College
- Processor network efficiency simulations at Washington State University
- Video event processing at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte
We encourage our students to explore career options through internships, and Cornell's block plan makes it possible to do so even during the school year. Back on campus, students report on their work so that their peers may also benefit from the experience. We have received exceptional reports from students who completed recent internships at:
- a cutting-edge biotech firm
- a global avionics corporation
- a company that distributes food nationwide
- a major provider of data-processing services to the federal government
- a large publisher of magazines
- a leader in the design of medical imaging equipment
The annual Cornell Student Symposium provides an opportunity for students to present the result of their research and internships to the wider Cornell community. Students also exhibit and describe independent projects involving robotics, search optimization, date encryption, etc. See our Student Symposium page for abstracts of recent presentations.
International Collegiate Programming Contest
Cornell regularly fields teams at the regional level of the International Collegiate Programming Contest.
We have visited virtual reality laboratories at the University of Iowa and Iowa State University. We have toured engineering offices, testing facilities, and manufacturing lines at the Rockwell-Collins, Intermec, and the Siemens corporations.
Students and professors frequently join meetings of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers, a professional society, in Iowa City and Cedar Rapids. We enjoy dinner and conversation with software engineers, physicists, and electrical engineers who work for the region's high technology firms. We also hear lectures on interesting topics, such as:
- University of Iowa Professor Joe Kearney: "Building Simulators and Using Simulators to Study Human Behavior."
- University of Iowa Professor Alberto Segre: "Medical Informatics: Privacy Preservation—Challenges & Innovations."
- University of Iowa Professor Doug Jones: "Elections and Electronic Voting Machines."
- Clemson University's Professor Michael Pursley: "Protocols for Adaptive Modulation and Coding in Dynamic Spectrum Access Networks."