Computer Science Day

What is it?

Computer Science Day @ VCU is an event aimed at exposing high school students to the dynamic range of opportunities Computer Science has to offer! Come learn about cutting edge research with exciting talks by faculty members and graduate students from the VCU Department of Computer Science. Join us in the afternoon for a round of discussions with representatives from companies in industry, who will give you a leg up on what types of jobs are available for CS majors, and how to best prepare for them. End the day with information about research opportunities for high school students at VCU, as well as an introduction to the world of hackathons, with background on VCU's very own RamHacks event, a 24-hour programming marathon for innovative undergraduate developers!

When and where is it?

Date: Saturday, October 21, 2017
Time: 9:00 am – 3:15 pm
Location: Engineering West Hall (601 W. Main St), Room 101, Virginia Commonwealth University, VA

How much does it cost?

The event is free (lunch included).

Who can attend?

The event is aimed primarily at high school students, with no restriction on geographical location of the high school.

How do I attend?

Register by clicking on the link below:

Register Here

Schedule for Computer Science Day 2017 @ VCU:

9:00 ‐ 9:30 am Registration
9:30 ‐ 9:35 am Welcome and introductions
9:35 ‐ 10:20 am Introduction to quantum computing
(Quantum Computing, Dr. Sevag Gharibian)
10:20 – 10:35 am Break
10:35 – 11:05 am Introduction to natural language processing
(Natural Language Processing, Dr. Bridget McInnes)
11:05 – 11:20 am Break
11:20 – 11:50 am An introduction to big data computing
(High Performance Data Mining, Dr. Alberto Cano)
11:50 – 12:40 pm

Lunch Break (Lunch Provided) + Research Discussion Panel

12:40 - 12:55 pm Dean's Early Research Initiative (DERI)
(Dean of VCU College of Engineering, Dr. Barbara Boyan)
12:55 - 1:25 pm Industry speaker:
CapTech Consulting (Vinnie Schoenfelder & Joshua Stickles)
1:25 – 1:40 pm Break
1:40 - 2:10 pm Industry speaker:
Capital One (Margaret Mayer)
2:10 - 2:30 pm Careers & Computer Science: What's the Buzz all About?
(Assistant Director of Career and Industry Advising, Laura Lemza)
2:30 - 3:00 pm Industry Discussion Panel
3:00 - 3:15 pm RamHacks hackathon information session

Who do I contact if I have questions?

Dr. Sevag Gharibian
Assistant Professor
Department of Computer Science
Email: sgharibian (at)
Twitter: @Sevag_Gharibian