Association for Computing Machinery
The Association for Computing Machinery is the computer science professional society with chapters around the world and over 200,000 members. Most of the top professionals and researchers in computer science are members. Here at the University of New Orleans, the student chapter supports computer science majors with a regular Industry Speakers series where in representatives from local, national, and international companies speak to the students about internships and job opportunities as well as provide advice on preparation for their careers. In addition the student chapter organizes social events to foster a sense of community within the department and provide an opportunity for newer students to network with other undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty.
ACM social events include such things as LAN parties, movie nights, and social gatherings at local restaurants. In addition to the Industry Speakers series, the ACM also hosts workshops to help students develop their professional skills in preparation for internships and transitioning into their careers after graduation.
Dues for the ACM are $30 a semester. Membership is open to all computer science majors regardless of where they currently are in the curriculum.
International Game Developers Association (IGDA)
The International Game Developers Association is a professional organization in support of developing video games. The IGDA UNO chapter participates in the local game dev meet-ups that occur each month. Additionally, we prepare and compete in the IGDA sponsored game jam competitions. The club is mentored by Dr. Stephen Ware, director of Narrative Intelligence Lab and Lead for the Game Development Concentration.
The UNO Robotics Club is an interdepartmental club between Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. Together, students learn and build robots in preparation for the IEEE robotics competition.
The STARS Alliance is a student organization that works to promote interest in computer science and increase participation of women and minorities in computer science. In its role as a service organization STARS Alliance provides free tutoring to student in computer science classes. Additionally the STARS Alliance does outreach to high school students through an innovative program of teaching the Python programming language using Raspberry Pi’s. As a part of this outreach program high school students are trained by undergraduates at UNO to not only program computers but interface computers with other electronics devices that can be controlled by the programs the students write.
STARS Alliance is open to students who have completed at least CSCI 1583 and CSCI 2120 with a B or better in those classes.
Web Developer’s Club