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Computer Science Dept.
2001 S. Summit Ave
Sioux Falls, SD 57197


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Departmental Assistants and Tutors, Internships, and Research

Dr. Daniel Swets is associate director for the NASA Space Grant program in South Dakota, and chair of the Steering Committee for the South Dakota NASA EPSCoR program. One of the functions of these programs is to provide funding to support Augustana College students who conduct research of interest to NASA. Students engage in well-defined research projects with explicit outcomes that can be accomplished in approximately one year, but that are very often renewed for subsequent years. Students work nominally half time for the year (full-time during the summer and 10 hours weekly during the academic year). Past computer science-related projects have been the development of a suite of software for processing satellite images; the construction of a supercomputer through parallel cluster computing; a study for recycling computers; and the initiation of a comparative study between heritage and future NASA satellite sensors. Computer science students typically work in close collaboration with their faculty mentor at Augustana and with world-class scientists employed at the USGS EROS Data Center, situated near Sioux Falls.

Computer science and management information systems students, typically in their sophomore and junior years, have the opportunity to work as lab assistants and tutors. While there is a modest stipend associated with these positions, the chance to learn teaching skills is especially valuable.

In their junior and senior years, students have the opportunity to intern in area businesses which include the EROS Data Center, Citibank, Lodgenet Entertainment, and UPS. In fact, many of our students select from several internship offers.

While an internship gives students valuable work experience, it earns college credits just as regular courses do. In many cases, businesses and companies offer full-time positions to students who have interned for them after the students' graduation.

Students in computer science have the opportunity to conduct research under the supervision of a staff member. This experience is especially valuable for students who want to go on to graduate school.

Get involved in ACO, Augie's computer science student organization!

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