UTCS Student Blog

Why You Shouldn't Fear the Liberal Arts

Sep 30, 2014 2:00pm By Rohan Ramchand

Next semester, I’m taking two government classes. Specifically, I’m taking Decision Theory and the United States Congress (GOV 341M and 370L, if you’re interested). The first one is plausibly related...

Peter Paul's Pinball

Sep 28, 2014 7:57pm By Peter-Paul Wong

Last Weekend, I ventured to out to one of the "hidden jewels" of Austin. No it wasn't one of the stereotypical touristic hidden jewels of our great city such as Hamilton Pool, the 360...

FoCS and You

Sep 22, 2014 11:02pm By Rohan Ramchand

A few weeks ago, you might have noticed the shiny new plaques in the GDC, with a bunch of companies on one and a bunch of endowed scholarships on the other. This is, as any curious observer might...

Connecting to the "Web" of people

Sep 21, 2014 4:05pm By Peter-Paul Wong

A couple of months ago, I had the pleasure of conversing with a UT alumna of the School of Pharmacy (class of '65) at the Quacks Bakery on Duval and 43rd street one evening. A very pleasant figure...

Quietly Remarkable

Sep 18, 2014 7:00am By Valerie Roth

The only true extrovert I knowI have to really force myself to be extroverted. I’ve gotten pretty good at it, thankfully, but there are still certainly times when I know I’m being awkward and I...

Remembering a Legacy and Ushering in a new Era

Sep 16, 2014 9:22pm By Peter-Paul Wong

I remember my 2011 freshman orientation like it was yesterday. It was extremely hot, crowded, and I was uncertain about the year ahead. My original academic hopes of getting into the Cockrell School...

Free Food is Overrated

Sep 15, 2014 12:48pm By Rohan Ramchand

One of the first things most people hear about working for Google is that they have free, gourmet sushi every day for their employees. They also have a free laundry service, free massages, free...

I Have No Idea Where I’m Going With This

Sep 11, 2014 8:22am By Valerie Roth

I am a constant mind-changer. When I originally pitched my idea for the blog this week, I said I’d be writing about my decision to get the BSA degree instead of the BS. Now I’m not so sure.


Sep 9, 2014 11:28am By Peter-Paul Wong

There are plenty of definitions of noise in our modern day. Meriam Webster dictionary defines noise as "a loud and unplesant sound" and as "irrelevant or meaningless data or output occuring along...

Why CS?

Sep 8, 2014 11:37pm By Rohan Ramchand

My roommate and I have a tradition. We’re both computer science and math double majors, and we like to convert everyone we see who displays even the slightest interest in either of those fields to...

Keep Calm and Register On

May 2, 2014 6:35am By Peter-Paul Wong

"Its the most wonderful time of the year..." With classes closing and everyone telling you be of good cheer, it may be not Christmas in July, or April for that mattter.  Yet, many would...

The Best Decisions

May 1, 2014 1:14am By Valerie Roth

It’s May 1, which means that for the rest of the year there will be far fewer high school students walking through Gregory asking if they can take underwater rock climbing classes or visiting...

Why UT?

Apr 29, 2014 11:37am By Rohan Ramchand

My father received his MBA from Duke, and before that he graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology (India's MIT). My mother got her Ph.D. from Northwestern. My sister went to Princeton, UT...

Mobile Certificate Program Introduced To UTCS

Apr 25, 2014 4:04pm By Valerie Roth

It’s incredible what you can make with just Xcode and an idea (sorry Android people, I have my loyalties). I recently sat down with Dr. Paul Toprac to talk about the new Mobile Computing Certificate...

Summer Unplans

Apr 20, 2014 9:31pm By Valerie Roth

Like most of the freshmen in their first few weeks of classes at UT, I decided that going to the career fair to scramble to get an internship was a good idea. Obviously, the earlier I could start...

Doug Wolfe Shares Success Behind Facebook

Apr 6, 2014 4:48pm By Valerie Roth

As computer scientists, the way that we impact society seems pretty clearly laid out. We write code, and the result is new ways for people to communicate, learn, organize data, or even drive cars....

My Day With Richard Tapia

Apr 3, 2014 9:39am By Peter-Paul Wong

"Don't be a professional minority, be a professional who happens to be a minority." - Richard Tapia


Mar 31, 2014 2:50pm By Rohan Ramchand

It turns out that controlling a $100 helicopter using only your hands and a LeapMotion controller is pretty difficult.

Beyond UTCS: Reaching Out to the Next Generation of Computer Scientists

Mar 30, 2014 9:39pm By Valerie Roth

I just finished an article for the department's news page about a really cool CS workshop at an elementary school hosted by a Lecturer Alison Norman and some UTCS undergrad...

First Bytes Brings Girls to UTCS

Mar 30, 2014 8:58pm By Valerie Roth

Hi mom and the 71 other people who I recently found out read my blog (we just started tracking our audience numbers, so exciting!). I've been learning about UT's efforts to bring high school girls...
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