Students in the CSSE department benefit from industry-savvy mentors. The department's advanced, hands-on student projects -- in mobile apps, for example -- have gained attention from the media, from big software companies looking to hire, and from start-ups looking for new ideas. Senior projects often respond to real-world industry needs; in fact, recent projects are now in development for mass production.
Computing in a Global Society -- CSSE 241
Students get to do project work collaboratively across the globe as they work with a team of students from Uppsala Sweeden to solve IT issues in the Healthcare realm. The course introduces the cultural aspect of the business environments students will participate in through their careers. And apart from working via Skype, chat and other long distance tools, students travel to Sweeden to meet the client and their Swedish counterparts. As they build team and client relationships, students increase cultural skills they can bring into a globally-focused job market.
The Senior Thesis is an alternative to the Senior Project aimed at students who intend to pursue graduate education. Independent research experience is gained while working one-on-one with a faculty member. Generally, a thesis starts fall term of a student's final year and lasts two terms. The thesis should describe a significant and novel research effort. In addition to the thesis (i.e. the written document) an oral presentation of the work is required. Self-motivation and intellectual curiosity are important characteristics for students considering a senior thesis.
Interested students should discuss the senior thesis program with a faculty member.
The student chapter of the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) holds several meetings each year. It sponsors a variety of seminars and field trips, as well as a programming team. Rose-Hulman is home to the first chapter of Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE, the computer science honorary society) chartered in Indiana. gEECS, Girls in ECE and CSSE, provides a venue for the women students in Electrical & Computer Engineering and Computer Science & Software Engineering to come together to socialize and discuss matters of concern to women in the computing field.