Extra Curricular Activities
The Computer Science Department does not end in the classroom. Students use their knowledge and love of technology in events that go beyond their academic studies.
Students at Francis Marion University have opportunities with the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) student chapter, the region level programming contest, our Upsilon Pi Epsilon Honor society, and many more!
ACM Student Chapter
The Francis Marion student chapter for the Association for Computing Machinery, also known as ACM, is a student-driven club for those interested in advancing their knowledge of programming, robotics, and other related topics.
Students who join this chapter will have the opportunity to discuss and learn alongside their fellow classmates as taught by upperclassmen and Honor Society recipients.
Upsilon Pi Epsilon Honor Society
Francis Marion has a chapter for Upsilon Pi Epsilon, the International Honor Society for the Computing and Information Disciplines. Students who join this Honors chapter have done so by achieving an above average GPA in their major of Computer Science and have shown exceptional attitude.
Computer Science Regional Programming Contest
The Computer Science Program at FMU offers students the opportunity to participate in several regional level programming contests. These include Mercer University Programming Contest, the Consortium for Computing Science in Colleges (CCSC) Programming Contest and the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest. In preparing for participation in these regional programming contests, the students will learn teamwork, problem analysis and rapid software development skills.
The students will learn to work in pairs to solve programming problems in a given time frame. They will start by practicing working on two programming problems in one hour and will progress to solving six problems in three hours. As a result of this experience, they will learn to quickly identify and use algorithms that they have been learning in the classroom. The participants develop a unique experience in problem solving, valued highly by the industry.
Students from Francis Marion’s Computer Science Department joined in giving back to their community by teaching basic computer classes to those who required the skill or those who were trying to further their computational knowledge.
The first class focused on the making of a Google account and the many services that were provided with it.
The second class delved deeper as they discussed web development strategies and received training in programs such as WordPress, Wix, and Google sites.
The next class covered Google sheets and how to use it for calculations and to run formulas.
The final class was used to further their knowledge in Google sheets and how to create tables, charts, and other graphics.