Conferences and Activities

Our setting in Washington, DC affords students unparalleled access to world-class research institutions, prestigious internship opportunities, and memorable learning experiences inside and outside of the classroom. Whether you enjoy visiting the Information Age exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History, exploring the National Cryptologic Museum at National Security Agency (NSA), or attending lectures at NASA or NIST, at American University you are steps away from the best our nation has to offer. On campus, the department maintains a computer lab and other technical resources. The AU Library maintains a collection of computer science-related online resources, including databases, indexes, and mediagraphy.

Student Activities

International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC)

Our students participate in the programming contest annually. To prepare for the competition, interested students meet weekly to practice. See article in CAS Connections and ICPC.

Robyn Rafferty Mathias Student Research Conference

Computer Science students work on their research projects and present their result in this annual student research conference every spring.

Computer Science Project Fair

Students show off their Computer Science projects in the Computer Science Project Fair held in the Spring. See the Student Gallery on our News/Events page, featuring two of last year's entries, Bobby Green's chess project and John Tylwalk's robot car.

ACM Student Research Competition

Sponsored by Microsoft Research, the Association for Computing Machinery Student Research Competition enables undergraduate and graduate students to share their research results and exchange ideas with others.

UPE and ACM Student Chapters

We have active chapters of Upsilon Pi Epsilon (the international honor society for the computing and information disciplines) and of the ACM. Activities include field trips such as last year's outings to the National Cryptologic Museum at National Security Agency (NSA)and the International Spy Museum.