Talk: Broadening Participation in Computing through Informatics

Event Details

November 6, 2018
4:00 pm

Hasbrouck Hall

Room: 109

UMass Amherst Campus

Handicap access available
Free admission
Contact:
Mort Sternheim
413-545-1908

Ramesh Sitaraman and Michelle Trim, CICS. What is informatics? Informatics is the application of core computer science principles to solve problems that arise in other disciplines across campus. At CICS, the new BS major in Informatics provides students with a solid foundation in computing and expertise in analyzing and deriving insights from data derived from a wide range of disciplines such as finance, health, and business. Thanks to agreements with many participating departments on campus, students can tailor their informatics experience according their own domain of interest. This flexibility combined with its emphasis real-world applications and a high-touch advising experience has enabled informatics to grow and thrive. The informatics undergraduate population is diverse in many ways, perhaps most notably in terms of gender. This presentation will describe the major and discuss in depth the features that we believe are contributing to its widespread appeal