UNC Sponsors women to attend the Grace Hopper Celebration, September 2018
UNC Sponsors women to attend the Grace Hopper Celebration, September 2018

BiT members Tsion Coulter & Tyler Watson celebrate diversity in technology week, November 2018
BiT members Tsion Coulter & Tyler Watson celebrate diversity in technology week, November 2018

The department leads students on the new Company Trek program, visiting companies in the RTP, November 2018
The department leads students on the new Company Trek program, visiting companies in the RTP, November 2018

GIVE A GIFT WITH IMPACT. INVEST IN OUR STUDENTS.

Our goal in the department is to create memorable and rewarding experiences for our students during their time at UNC – opportunities that allow students to take their work outside the classroom and develop essential skills like collaboration, communication, and leadership.

The generous support of alumni and friends makes our goal a reality. Contributions to the department support initiatives that attract and retain a talented and diverse student body. Initiatives including:

  • Student clubs   UNC CS sponsors more than 15 undergraduate and graduate clubs, allowing students with shared interests to grow closer within the larger CS community.
  • App Lab   The UNC CS App Lab, under the direction of Dr. Jeff Terrell (UNC Ph.D. ’09), had its soft launch this fall. Jeff’s vision is to designate a space for student teams, inside and outside the CS major, to work on web and mobile applications of their own design with advisors available for technical consulting and hardware/software platform support.
  • Hackathons   To build a strong developer community, UNC CS sponsors three major hackathons: Carolina Data Challenge, HackNC, and Pearl Hacks – the first female-focused hackathon. These hackathons, reaching nearly 1,500 students annually, allow participants to apply their skills to real-world applications with industry mentorship.
  • Career Development   We work to ensure students are mentored and supported throughout their academic careers and beyond. This fall, we launched our first Company Trek, taking CS undergraduate and graduate students to tech companies in the Research Triangle Park (RTP), and we are adding career personnel who will enhance employer relations and establish an alumni mentoring network.

SUPPORT UNC CS

To make an online donation in support of the initiatives above, please use the university’s portal and select Department of Computer Science Trust (101161) as the fund.

You may also give to the The Toolsmith Fund in Computer Science (104358). The Toolsmith Endowment Fund was created during our 50th Anniversary year to build a sustainable discretionary funding base for computer science at UNC-Chapel Hill. The fund is named to honor a paradigm of computer science research developed by our department’s founder, Dr. Fred Brooks. The computer scientist as toolsmith refers to the idea that successful computer scientists create tools and solutions to address the needs and enhance the work of others. To honor the Carolina way of computer science, the Toolsmith Endowment Fund supports undergraduate student projects, graduate student fellowships, course development, and other important and urgent departmental needs.

Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match charitable contributions made by their employees. The impact of your gift to the UNC Department of Computer Science may be doubled or possibly tripled! To find out whether your company has a matching gift policy, please search the database on this page.