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The Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T), formerly the University of Missouri-Rolla (UMR), Department of Computer Science (CS) team of students Charissa Mathis , Jasmine Glaese née Bowles, Janet Guntly and Associate Professor with tenure Dr. Daniel Tauritz have been awarded a CREU grant for the 2007-2008 academic year which is sponsored by the Computing Research Association Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W). Funding for this project is sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The topic of their proposal is Computer Science Recruitment for the 21st Century.

Project Summary

The goal of this project is to create recruitment software to aid in reversing the alarming trend of decreasing interest in Computer Science (CS) among American students, particularly women. The current generation of American students, especially women, tends to be attracted to fields with clear social relevancy. Third through sixth grade is a crucial time when students form their opinions about, and interests in, math and science. Misconceptions about what CS is and a lack of understanding regarding its many socially relevant applications creates negative associations during this crucial time. These negative associations can result later in many women students not picking the math and science classes that would prepare them for a CS career, ultimately lowering CS enrollment. Our recruitment software explains in an entertaining way what CS is and showcases its social relevancy through a series of highly visual, interactive games & puzzles, and illustrates CS alumni careers.

Software Download
Are you interested in using with the software? There are two ways that you can do this.

Download without Installing
Click here to download the software in a .zip file. It is only 68 MB. Nothing is required to be installed on your computer. Just open the "README" file when you finish downloading the software.

Download with Installing
You can also click here to download an installer for the software. After you download the installer, run it and the software will then be installed onto your computer. Before you start using the software, I recommend that you read the README file in your start menu.

This software is not guaranteed to work on any operating system except Windows (though you are free to try it). Have fun! :)

If you are a UMR/Missouri S&T graduate and would like to take the alumni survey and support our project, please click on the link below to start the survey. For more information, please continue reading the information provided below as well as explore our website. If you have any questions feel free to contact Charissa Mathis at Thank you for your time and support. It is greatly appreciated!

Take the Computer Science Job Survey!

2007-2008 and 2008-2009 Teams Photo
2007-2008 and 2008-2009 Teams
Back row (left to right): Lisa Guntly, Charissa Mathis, Dr. Daniel Tauritz
Front row (left to right): Jasmine Glaese née Bowles, Janet Guntly, Jessica Gardner née Williams

Computer Science Department

Daniel Tauritz

Charissa Mathis
Software Content Developer and Stakeholder Communications Coordinator

Jasmine Glaese née Bowles
Software Content Developer and Webmaster

Janet Guntly
Software Architect