An Opportunity for Undergraduates
Whether you plan to go on to grad school or a job in industry, the single best thing you can do to advance your career is particpate in undergraduate research. Check out:
Undergraduate Research Opportunities in Computing (UROC)
In 1998, I started a new initiative in the College of Computing to encourage undergraduates to do research: the Undergraduate Research Opportunities in Computing (UROC) Program. It is modelled after MIT's UROP program. As a graduate student at MIT, I was impressed both by the meaningful contribution undergraduate research assistants were able to make, and by the ways their participation enhanded their educational experience. This approach to learning also fits well with the approach that underlies my research. In educational terms, research is project-based/"constructionist" learning and "legitimate peripheral participation."
Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)
In 2004, I wrote a proposal that led to the creation of Georgia Tech's Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). UROP was selected as one of two focuses of Georgia Tech's Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) for the Institute's successful application for SACS reaccreditation. Our plan created a new Research Option, in which undergraduates take 9 units of supervised research (for either pay or credit) and write a thesis. I chaired the search committee for our first Director of Undergraduate Research in 2005, and again in 2010 when the position was expanded to Director of Undergraduate Research and Student Innovation. I chair the Undergraduate Research Advisory Group (URAG), the faculty committee charged with advising GT UROP.