Since we’re all still social distancing, we thought this would be a good time to introduce you to some CS students. In the following videos, five undergraduates talk about their very different pathways through the CS major – from an internship involving creating smart ear tags for cows, to developing technology for communicating through hair extensions, the common ground between the rowing team and studying computer science, transferring to UW-Madison for a liberal arts education, and participating in the ICPC programming contest (which went to the world finals for the 19th year running!). Enjoy!
Videographer: Luke Swanson
Caleb LaCount is majoring in Computer Sciences and Dairy Science, and you guessed it, he's the student who worked on smart ear tags for cows! Caleb wants to go on to help dairy farmers use technology to increase productivity and efficiency.
Charlotte Melcher is a Computer Sciences major who is also on the UW-Madison rowing team. She's done internships that showed her how CS can apply to almost any other field.
Junda Chen transferred to UW-Madison at the beginning of his junior year and is majoring in Computer Sciences and Math. Junda wanted to be able to pursue his interest in the liberal arts while doing a deep dive into CS research.
Kesong Cao is a Computer Sciences and Economics major. Kesong chose the CS major because he loves programming. He works as a web developer at DoIT, which gives him practical CS experience., and he participated in the ICPC programming contest.
Mikayla Buford is a Computer Sciences major who learned about CS during a high school summer STEM immersion program at UW. During the summer of 2020, she's doing an internship investigating how people can communicate through hair extensions.