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Resources for Computer Science Students

The Saint Louis University Department of Computer Science offers computing resources and drop-in tutoring available to all students taking our introductory courses, as well as scholarships and awards that are specifically for computer science students.

Computer science students at SLU also enjoy a variety of extracurricular opportunities available to our students, both on and off campus, and we provide guidance about careers in computer science and on-campus support for finding those internships and full-time jobs.

Computer Science Tutoring

In person tutoring takes place in the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Building, Room ISE 216.
Zoom tutoring takes place at https://slu.zoom.us/j/3149776667. For security, you will be required to use your SLU credentials to join.

Interested in being a tutor? Make sure to let the department chairperson know. We are interested in students who did well in their introductory courses and who enjoy guiding other students on their own journey of discovery.

Extracurricular Activities

SLU Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Student Chapter

This is the primary student organization for students interested in computer science, with weekly meetings on Mondays at 5 p.m. Please contact acm@slu.edu for more information.

Math/CS club

SLU's math/computer science student club traditionally meets at 4 p.m. on Wednesday in the Ritter Hall lobby, offering a mix of activities including outside speakers, games, competitions, field trips, and other opportunities to socialize with fellow students.

Data Science Club

SLU's Data Science Club explores how fields such as machine learning are used to extract and apply the knowledge that can be found in large data sets. Efforts rely on both statistical theory and modeling together with programming skills in languages such as Python and R to efficiently analyze data sets. For practical experience (and motivation and fun), the club typically explores data science competitions, such as those at www.kaggle.com or NCAA basketball pools.

Service to the Community

Saint Louis University prides itself on its strong commitment and participation in service to the community. This carries over to the field of computer science. Students who are interested in sharing their time and efforts to give back to the community should contact the department chair. Opportunities include mentoring roles for computer science outreach into K-12 and after-school activities, and developing websites or software for non-profit organizations, or volunteering time with local organizations.

Programming Contests

Each year the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) sponsors the International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC). Students work in teams of three to solve as many problems as possible in a five-hour time period. The available programming languages for the contest are C++ and Java, and Python. Saint Louis University can send up to nine students (three teams of three) to the regional competition.

Venture Cafe

SLU's campus is within walking distance of the Cortex Innovation Community, a vibrant 200-acre (and growing) innovation hub and technology district. Cortex is home to SLU's Research Innovation Group which works on technology transfer and commercial partnerships. Cortex is also home to the weekly Venture Cafe, which occurs every Thursday from 3-8 p.m. Venture Cafe is a great place for students to connect with members of the tech community in a friendly and informal setting, and they are very open to those who attend regularly and those who might be stopping in for the first time.

Hackathons

There are a steady stream of Hackathons in the Greater St. Louis area.  Check our announcement site for current opportunities, but some past events and dates have included Code with a Cause (February), {eHacks} (March), Globalhack (October), UMSL|Hack (October), ArchHacks (November).

MedLaunch

MedLaunch is a healthcare incubator that was founded and sponsored by SLU. Their goal is to improve the standard of healthcare through the engineering and design of creative solutions while also fostering a community of entrepreneurship and collaboration at Saint Louis University. Most of their team projects have computational components and they have been very appreciative when having computer science students participate.

Engineering Challenges

Computer science students at SLU have also participated on teams for various engineering challenges/projects, most notably participating in the annual Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), sponsored by Dr. Srikanth Gururajan, or working as part of SLU's Space Systems Research Laboratory.

Entrepreneurship

There are a variety of activities on campus for those wishing to explore aspects of entrepreneurism. The SLUstart program is designed to help participants ensure that their research and innovations will have greater economic and societal benefit. They welcome applications from students to be trained in the lean startup methodology. There is also a SLU Entrepreneur's Club that hosts a regular series of networking events coined Billicon Valley.