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Computer Science Affiliates Program

The main goal of the Affiliates Program is to facilitate an active interaction among business, industry, government, and academia in computer research, development, and education. We believe the sharing of information and resources is beneficial to our mutual development in computer science and engineering. The Affiliates Program was developed to provide a mechanism for organizations to collaborate with the computer science department.

The program offers many benefits to business, industry and government. Affiliate members are able to interact with our faculty on research topics of mutual interest, to keep abreast of current research results through meetings with the faculty and technical publications, and to gain early access to our high-quality student base. There is also an opportunity to influence computing research and education and to participate in long-range technical assessments of problems and directions in the field.

There are also many benefits to the Department. Through the interaction, we can learn about current problems in industry. Undergraduate and graduate students have an opportunity to learn about, and participate in summer internships. Students can gain information about careers in industry, business and government and have an opportunity to pursue them.

Membership in the Affiliates Program is based on a contribution to the computer science department. There is a three tier membership hierarchy, based on the benefits.

Membership Levels

Silver Level - $2,500

• Attendance at an annual Affiliates Program meeting (see below for description)
• Access to Online resumes submitted by graduating students at all degree levels
• Display of recruitment materials in Department
• Table at the annual CS Day
• Subscription to and acknowledgement in our newsletter, CS Bytes, which is sent to all U.Va. CS alumni, chairs of CS and CE departments in North America, and other friends of the department.

Gold Level - $5,000

• Benefits of Silver Level membership
• Recruitment of graduating students at all levels through exclusive meetings with the students.
• Administrative help to set up interviews and meetings (e.g., room, students, etc.).
• Distribution of recruitment materials to students for internships and full-time employment positions
• Outreach opportunities

Platinum Level - $10,000

• Benefits of Gold Level memberships
• Opportunities to present current research and issues of interest in the Department.
• Seminars by faculty members at the affiliate site
• Talks by faculty discussing diversity issues and guidelines.
• The annual meeting provides an opportunity for the department and affiliates to discuss CS education, research and collaboration. The meeting will be one to two days, and include;
• Research overviews by faculty
• Small focused sessions organized by research areas where students, faculty, and affiliate members can interact
• Demonstrations of software and hardware systems developed by our research projects;
• One-on-one meetings with individual faculty and students to create/continue collaborations;
• Discussion of the educational mission of the department and the evolution of our undergraduate and graduate curriculum.
• Interaction with other affiliate members
• Opportunities to interview and discuss employment opportunities with our undergraduate and graduate students for both permanent and co-op/internship positions.

Joining the Affiliates Program

To join the U.Va. Computer Science Affiliates Program, please send your name, company's name, address and phone number, and your contribution ($2500, $5000, or $10,000) made out to the University of Virginia to:

    CS Affiliates Program
    Department of Computer Science

    PO. Box 400740
    University of Virginia Box 352350
    Charlottesville, VA 22904

For more information, contact Alice Baker, Director of Development and Major Gifts, 434.924.1332, ab8s@virginia.edu