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Computer Science

Computer Science is exciting, socially impactful, and provides many challenging, rewarding, and lucrative jobs for graduates to pursue. Our faculty specialize in areas such as Game Programming, Mobile Application Development, Machine Learning, Technology for Social Good, and Cybersecurity and ethics. The Computer Science Department is committed to promoting economic, gender, and racial diversity within our community and the field at-large. 

New degree programs have been recently added to our growing department allowing us to serve more students through the Bachelor of Science in Data Science and Bachelor of Arts in Education in Computer Science. This growth is in direct response to the interest and demand from students as well as tech employers. To accommodate this growth, we are excited about the construction of Kaiser-Bosari Hall, which will house new lecture rooms, and student spaces for Computer Science and Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering. It will be a place of innovation, collaboration, and connections.

We strive to provide Computer Science students with the best support during their time at WWU. Opportunities such as attending conferences, coding and cybersecurity competitions, scholarship awards, and club events are some of the many ways we make use of donations from alumni and friends to support our students. You can help us to continue to offer these amazing opportunities through a donation to one of our various funding choices. Your donation will directly impact the lives of students in the Computer Science Department. 

 Pictured above: Students at the ICPC competition Spring 2023 and 2022-2023 Scholarship Award recipients.

Fund Choices: 

  • Computer Science Department: Funds club activities, field trips to local and regional tech companies, and guest lectures. 
  • Student Research Support: Funds undergraduate and graduate students to travel to conferences and workshops to present research projects mentored by faculty. 
  • Student Scholarship: 100% of these contributions go back to students in the form of financial scholarships. 
  • Cybersecurity Program: Supports cybersecurity activities, including a yearly trip to a regional cybersecurity competition. 
  • Data Science Student Support: Our newest degree! Funds activities such as club and social events, and excursions to tech companies. 
  • Computer Science Department Student Clubs: Funds a variety of activities among our more than 10 student-led clubs. From monthly pizza events to guest speakers. 
  • Dr. James Johnson Memorial Endowment: Endowed by a generous gift from the family of first department chair, Dr. Johnson, to be used for student scholarships. 
  • Association for Gender Inclusion in Computing (AGIC): Enables outreach and student activities for this club that seeks to build an empowering environment for minorities in Computer Science by providing opportunities for outreach, leadership, mentoring, and professional networking. 

Read about previous Scholarship Award Winners and the impact of such a scholarship. 

ICPC 2023 gold and silver medalists 
Joe Ewert, Joey Capps, Sky Duryee, Owen Wright, Indie Cowan, Ethan Temple. (Left to right). 


Map of Current Computer Science Donors
Rank State Gifts
1 WA 53
2 CA 4
3 NV 3
Computer Science Matching Opportunity!
Generous alumnus Dr. Chris Reedy has matched the first $2,000 given to the Computer Science department! Thank you!
$2,000 MATCHED
Early Bird Challenge!
Thank you! Your generosity has unlocked an additional $5,000 match before most people even got up for the day!
The Number One Vikings Match!
Thank you, Vikings! You who made the first $1,000 in gifts earned an ADDITIONAL $1,000 through a generous match!
$1,000 MATCHED
New Grad Match Opportunity!
Thank you new Vikings! You've raised an additional $3,000 in support for current WWU students and programs!
WWU Retirement Association Scholarship Challenge
Thank you, Vikings! You've met this challenge and helped unlock $3,000 in scholarship money for current Western students!
$3,000 / $3,000 Raised
3,000th Donor Challenge!
Thank you, Viking supporters! More than 3,000 of you have made gifts for Give Day, which is the most participation we've ever had in a Give Day!
Night Owl Challenge
Thank you! Your gifts helped raise an additional $2,000 for Kaiser Borsari Hall!
2,000th Donor Challenge!
Thank you! The 2,000th donor has unlocked an additional $750 for men's rowing!
Last Call!
Thank you! You've unlocked an additional $5,000 as a matching gift!
50-state Challenge!
Thank you, Vikings near and far, for helping unlock an additional $5,000 of support for WWU students!
College of Science and Engineering Donor Challenge!
The department, project or program in CSE that received the highest number of unique donors will receive an extra $1,000! Final results available after we process all Give Day gifts. Inflating donor count using fake donor names may disqualify a project, department, or program.
Rank Prize CSE Donor Challenge! Donors
1 $1,000 Computer Science 54
2 Chemistry Department 36
3 Geology 33
4 Biology 21
5 Marine and Coastal Science 15
Lunchtime Crunchtime
Thanks, Vikings! You've unlocked an additional $5,000 in support for students on your lunch break.
Rank Prize Lunchtime Crunchtime Challenge! Donors
1 $2,500 Cross Country & Track and Field 95
2 $2,500 Men's Rowing 36
3 Women's Ultimate 13
4 Computer Science 9
5 Marketing Program 9
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