Computer science project promotes collaboration
Take the rigors of pursuing a Ph.D. — including research, collaboration and presentations — then condense it into an eight-week program, and you have an idea of what two University of Wisconsin Oshkosh faculty members cooked up for eight students over the course of last summer.
David Furcy and Tom Naps, computer science professors united in their passion for teaching and their field, created a research experience for undergraduates (REU) that explores open-source software through the development and efficacy of online learning environments.
Out of the more than 40 applicants, eight students from across the country were chosen to come to UW Oshkosh on May 27 to build tools to help other students learn algorithms — which, according to Furcy, can be pretty tricky.
“The goal of our REU was to, in general, improve computer science education in general,” Furcy said. “Our project was for students to build tutorials for other students.”