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This page highlights a variety of extracurricular opportunities that exist for students with interest in computer science, both on campus and in the greater St. Louis area.  In order to track the variety of specific opportunities in a timely manner, we maintain an internal Google site where we post opportunities that we hear about (you must log in with slu.edu credentials to access it). Once on that site, it is possible to register to receive automatic email notifications whenever a new post is made; click the settings cog icon and then under "Site Actions" click on "Subscribe to site changes".

The rest of this page describes some of the more common and ongoing opportunities for extracurricular engagement for students interested in computer science.

Math/CS club

SLU's Math/CS student club meets regularly at 4pm on Wedneday in the Ritter Hall lobby, offering a mix of activities including outside speakers, games, competitions, field trips, and other opportutnities to socialize with fellow students.

For more information, see the club website.

Data Science Club

SLU's Data Science Club explores how fields such as machine learning are used to extract and apply 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 anlayze 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.

In Spring 2018, the club is meeting on Mondays at 3:30pm.

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 (starting in 2016) Python. Saint Louis University can send up to nine students (three teams of three) to the regional competition.

More information

Venture Cafe

Our 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 commerical parternships. Cortex is also home to the weekly Venture Cafe, which occurs every Thursday from 3-8pm. 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.

Check out their upcoming calendar.

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 (Feb), {eHacks} (Mar), Globalhack (Oct), ArchHacks (Nov).

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.

For more information, see the MedLaunch website.

Engineering Challenges

CS students 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.

Entreprenuership

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.