Arts & Sciences

Marquette’s strengths in computer science education represented at international conference

Marquette had seven students representing the Department of Computer Science at the recent Association for Computing Machinery SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education in Portland, Oregon. SIGCSE is ACM’s flagship international conference that addresses educator challenges in computing education, fostering idea exchange on curricula and teaching methods.

First-year doctoral student and undergraduate alumnus Sam Mazzone, Arts ’23, brought home the third place award from the ACM Student Research Competition with his work on “Energizing Web Development in the Exploring Computer Science Curriculum.” 

Students must first have their abstracts accepted to be invited to present their poster at the conference. The top three presenters are invited to present their work orally during the event.

Mazzone’s work analyzes data generated by the Exploring Computer Science Web Lab (ECS-WL) curriculum to assess the program’s efficacy and to design curriculum adaptions to ensure the ECS-WL curriculum delivers effective and inclusive computer science education.

Doctoral students Jack Forden and Alex Gebhard, alongside undergraduate REU fellow Oliver Laufenberg, presented a research paper on their groundbreaking curriculum development project, “Using Embedded Xinu to Teach Operating Systems on Baremetal RISC-V.”

Forden, Gebhard and their team are the first to combine the standard used to teach students operating system concepts, Embedded Xinu, with RISC-V, a popular system used by many companies like Google, Nvidia and Huawei.

Also presenting work at the conference were doctoral student Sujeeth Ramagoni (Analyzing State-Level High School CS Teacher Certification Through Dataset Exploration), doctoral student Maverick Berner and undergraduate REU fellow Max Berner (Co-Designing Integrated CS Curriculum Artifacts with K-5 Classroom Teachers), and research associate Heidi Williams (Becoming Core: Curriculum Planning Tools for Integrating CS into K-5 Content Areas).