Undergraduate CS Clubs
There is a vibrant and active population of undergraduate computer science students at UNC, and our student clubs allow for students with shared interests to grow closer within the larger CS community. The Department of Computer Science is committed to supporting students with shared interests in order to foster community among computer science students at UNC.
Below is the current list of undergraduate computer science clubs, with their leadership and contact information.
Descriptions & Contacts:
2018-2019 Co-Presidents: Charlie Helms and Olivia McPhaul
Description: Blacks in Technology was founded to provide a supportive network for the academic and professional development of Black students in tech majors at UNC.
2018-2019 Co-Presidents: Alex Kan and Ishan Shan
Description: The Carolina Analytics & Data Science Club involves students from several tech majors who want to pursue futures in analytics and data science. The club hosts the Carolina Data Challenge.
Description: The UNC Augmented and Virtual Reality Interest Group includes over 150 people from all across campus, including faculty, students, and staff from just about every department at UNC Chapel Hill, and then some. Their goal is to promote innovative teaching and learning, research, training, clinical care, and entrepreneurship through the use of immersive technologies. Visit arvr.web.unc.edu to learn more.
2018-2019 Primary Contact: Thomas Darden
Description: Carolina Tech Explorers is an organization that develops applications on emerging technologies, such as Google Glass and Amazon Echo. We focus on developing our applications for healthcare and those with disabilities. CTE is divided between Development, where our members create the applications, and Outreach, where members promote the club, do fundraising, and conduct community projects. All majors are welcome if you want to participate in our ongoing projects or have an idea of your own!
Contact: If you’d like to be on our Listserv and our Slack channel, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find more information on our Facebook page.
2018-2019 President: Jesse Akes
Description: The Computer Science Club is UNC’s general computing club where CS students and enthusiasts alike can come together to share and learn about all things CS related. Topics range from tech talks given by professors and companies to hands-on workshops with technologies such as Arduino or blockchain. We strive to provide a an engaging community for those interested in computer science. Be sure to join us!
2018-2019 President: Cassidy Soutter
Description: Our purpose is to foster discussions about how technology can be utilized to create a better world. In addition, we will work to advance the national organization’s mission: To empower a new generation of leaders working at the intersection of technology and social impact. Through technology, we have the opportunity to be a part of positive change and evolution of a growing world of possibility. We aim to give nonprofits and organizations for social good in the Chapel Hill area the tools to effectively complete their goals with the use of knowledge and programs.
2018-2019 Co-Presidents: Lucas Chen and Greg Sanders
Description: CTF Club offers a hands-on experience in learning computer security through online and in-conference competition. They usually compete under the team name Ntropy, and host even information, resources, and writeups at ntropy-unc.github.io. Meetings occur weekly.
2018-2019 President: Evan Alpern
Description: The Enabling Technology Club allows students at UNC to utilize their knowledge in computer science, artistic ability, and leadership skills to create and design computer programs of books and video games through Tar Heel Reader and Tar Heel Gameplay for children and teenagers with disabilities. The organization provides UNC students with an accessible opportunity to serve the community, share their creative enabling technology ideas, and make an impact on the lives of others. Composed of all kinds of students from UNC, the Enabling Technology Club will be an organization for ANYONE who has a desire to help people with disabilities. The club will not limit its membership to just computer science students, as it needs artistic students as well as students who simply support the cause to work on club activities. Additionally, the organization will allow students to learn about the numerous different parts of computer programs and how their work will contribute on a large scale across the globe.
2018-2019 Co-Presidents: Shane Steele-Pardue and Anne Chao
Description: We are a video gaming community at UNC Chapel Hill that welcomes video game players from all walks of life. Whether you are a hardcore competitive gamer or you are more into casual games, there is a place for you with us. Our mission is to provide a fun, social space for the many video game players of all skill levels and interests at UNC through organized events; we want to promote the growth of the esports community and camaraderie between all gamers.
2018-2019 Organizers: Kimia Pourali and Aneri Shah
Description: Girls Who Code is a club aimed at getting middle- and high-school girls involved in and excited about technology. Any middle- or high-school girl can participate. UNC Computer Science undergraduate and graduate students can apply to become volunteers. Visit girlswhocode.web.unc.edu or contact us to learn more.
2018-2019 President: Catherine Jarrett
Description: The Graduate Women in Computer Science Club is a community of female graduate students whose goals are to connect with each other and others in the Computer Science Department, to foster an environment of collaborative research, and to be a support system for each other. Learn more at uncgwics.wordpress.com.
2018-2019 Leaders: Nikhil Komirisetti and Armaan Sethi
Description: The HackNC Association organizes UNC’s annual co-ed hackathon! The goal is to create an inclusive, beginner-friendly space for people to innovate and collaborate on projects (hacks) over the course of a weekend. Learn more at hacknc.com. Contact email@example.com.
2018-2019 General Director: Karley Wheeler
Description: Pearl Hacks is an all-female-identifying, weekend-long hackathon, where people from all over North America come to learn and innovate using their coding skills. Ladies in teams of up to four will have 24 hours to complete a tech project of their choice, with the help of excellent sponsors, mentors, workshops, and tech talks. All the while, they’ll get to meet some fantastic ladies, enjoy fun games, collect swag, and eat free food. The hackathon is especially catered toward first-time hackers who are looking for an inclusive and supportive environment to explore the world of technology. Learn more at pearlhacks.com.
2018-2019 Chair: Will Harris
Description: Technology Without Boarders (TWB) is to bridge the digitial divide in all its forms, starting with the Chapel Hill/Carrboro community. The focus of TWB is on ensuring equitable access to technology and in providing technical education to underprivileged groups of society. Members can participate in the outreach without knowing more “tech” than what brought you to the webpage. TWB offers weekly computer classes to bring people up to speed on the most basic skills needed to do well in this digital age.
Anyone can join. Contact one of the co-chairs or attend of of the interest meetings. Learn more at twb.web.unc.edu.
2018-2019 Co-Presidents: Jennifer Li and Rachel Yuan
Description: The Women in Computer Science club at UNC Chapel Hill (WiCS) is a social, professional, and academic organization to empower and enable women in computer science. We host a variety of events throughout the year aimed at bringing together the women in tech here on campus and supporting them through mentorship, informative talks, and networking events. We frequently team up with the other organizations in the Computer Science department dedicated to eradicating the gender gap for co-hosted events and coordinate with Girls Who Code and PearlHacks each year.
All are welcome to attend our bi-weekly meetings (Wednesdays 6-7pm FB007) and join our listserv. We send out a weekly newsletter packed full of job and internship opportunities, including special WiCS hosted events and lots more! You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line “ListServ” and we will be sure to add you. Join our Facebook Group to stay even more up to date!