Student Activities

Bulldog Bytes

Our Bulldog Bytes outreach program provides internship and volunteer opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students. The program provides computing education for Mississippi citizens, from K12 to older adults, and through collaboration with the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education provides in-service and pre-service teacher professional development.

Bulldog Bytes was established at Mississippi State University in 2013 by Dr. Sarah Lee and CSE alumnus Rian Walker who was a software engineering student at the time. The program was initially funded through the National Center for Women & Information Technology's AspireIT program. Since 2015, Bulldog Bytes has partnered with the National Security Agency's GenCyber program to provide a platform for bringing cybersecurity awareness and skills to students (elementary to high school) and secondary education teachers in Mississippi.

Facilitated through the Mississippi Computing and Cybersecurity Equitable Education Space (MSuCCEEDS) housed in CSE, the project based curriculum introduces students to a diverse set of computing professionals and enables them to learn:

  • cyber security through hands-on independent and team modules,
  • digital forensics with hands on case study projects,
  • coding using robots, and
  • team-based problem solving, design, and implementation.

Learn More About Bulldog Bytes Programs

HackState

HackState is an annual Major League Hacking (MLH) hackathon. A hackathon is a sprint-like coding competition. Over the course of 24 hours, you and your team will design and build a new computer-oriented project, such as a web application, mobile application, or a hardware innovation. Near the end of the event, you will show your progress to judges and possibility win some neat prizes.

2017 Winners

For more information on HackState, contact Dr. Sarah Lee.

Mississippi Alliance for Women in Computing

Our students are involved with activities that support the Mississippi Alliance for Women in Computing (MSAWC) strives to intentionally grow existing programs and develop new programs across Mississippi in order to:

  • Generate interest and participation of women in computing.
  • Improve recruitment and retention rates of women in undergraduate computing majors.
  • Help post-secondary women make a transition to the computing workforce.

CSE students work as mentors and tutors for female students through MSAWC programs. Undergraduate and graduate students are involved with research to identify best practices for providing equitable access to computing education.

Students interested in working with MSAWC activities should contact Dr. Sarah Lee.

MSAWC is an NSF Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES) project, part of a national initiative to increase U.S. leadership in STEM. (NSF INCLUDES #1649312)