University of Missouri-Rolla

Dear

Statistics show the trend of enrollment in Computer Science (CS) degree programs being on the decline all across the US.  You may be aware of these statistics and have thought, ‘that’s sad, but what can I do about it?’  Well, now is your chance!  We are conducting a research project with the aim of increasing the interest in CS in 4th through 7th graders, especially females.  We are creating ‘Edutainment software’ to spark their interest in CS through interactive games.  Research shows that the best way to gain a person’s interest is to create a personal connection.   As an alumnus of the UMR Computer Science Department, you are the perfect role model for these young people to connect with. By featuring your achievements in the professional world through adding a profile of where you work, your work environment, and how you use computer science, we will show CS jobs to be exciting and personally fulfilling!

Our main goals are to dispel the stereotype that computer science is boring and only for geeks, and emphasize instead the great benefits of CS to society.  You can help us achieve these goals by filling out a short online questionnaire about your job, its social relevancy, and providing an optional photo or video clip. The information you provide along with the photo or video clip may be embedded in the recruitment software we are developing. It should only take a few minutes of your busy schedule and we would really appreciate the assistance.  To fill out the questionnaire please visit our research website, and click on the ‘Take the Computer Science Job Survey’ link at the bottom of the main page.

If you have any questions feel free to contact us or read more about our research and follow our progress through our research website.  Thank you for your time and consideration!

Sincerely,

Laura Woodard
lnw7v7@umr.edu

Kristen Loesch
kllz8f@umr.edu

Dr. Daniel Tauritz
tauritzd@umr.edu

University of Missouri-Rolla, 1870 Miner Circle, Rolla, MO 65409