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I welcome you to learn more about the Department of Computer and Information Sciences and join us in our mission.

— Kathleen F. McCoy, Professor & Chair

Welcome to the Department of Computer and Information Sciences at the University of Delaware! Whether you are a prospective student, a current student, a parent, an alumnus, a researcher at another institution, an employer, or are just surfing the web, you will find something interesting and exciting in our undergraduate, graduate and research programs.

As has been the case for nearly two decades, the demand from industry for graduates trained in the computer sciences is very strong. In light of that demand, our department offers three undergraduate and three graduate degree programs:

  • BS in computer science; BA in computer science; BS in information systems
  • MS in computer science; MS in bioinformatics and computational biology; PhD in computer science

Our various curriculums provide a breadth of knowledge in both practice and theory, while allowing students to take multiple courses in areas of particular interest to them. Many of our classes at both the undergraduate and graduate levels feature problem-based learning in which students work interactively in groups on the core course material and/or projects. Our faculty take a sincere interest in our students and are willing to go the extra step in helping a student with problems that may arise. And, the quality of the teaching in our department is second to none, featuring eight faculty recipients of the University Excellence in Teaching Award (only given to four faculty each year among the nearly 1000 faculty at UD). Details of our student enrollment can be found at UD’s College of Engineering website.

Our research programs, which involve both graduate and undergraduate students, are strong and growing with many exciting projects in diverse areas such as bioinformatics, software engineering, graphics and vision, networking, high performance computing, and natural language processing. Our faculty and students publish a large number of conference and journal papers each year and have received a number of “best paper” nominations and awards. Support for this research is provided through a multitude of research grants to our faculty from outside agencies such as the National Science Foundation, the US Army, the US Air Force, and the National Institutes of Health.

I invite you to further explore our website to learn more about the exciting opportunities to be found in both our education and research programs. And, if you should find yourself in Newark, please stop in and say hello!

Kathleen F. McCoy

Department Chair


Mission Statement

The mission is to provide a culturally diverse and intellectually stimulating environment for

  • Educating future leaders in academia, industry, government, and entrepreneurial pursuits through rigorous programs covering the theory and application of computer science. Developing in our students the ability to solve problems and to contribute through teamwork.
  • Creating new knowledge and innovative technologies through research in the core areas of computer science and in collaborations with other disciplines.
  • Exploiting the opportunities and solving the problems created by computing and networking technology.
  • Serving the communities to which we belong, locally, nationally, and internationally, with a deep commitment to ethics in the practice of our profession.


We are committed to providing quality education to a diverse student population. This commitment to diversity is reflected in the composition of our faculty. In the Department of Computer and Information Sciences, one in four tenure-track professors are women (four full and two associate professors of 23). Over the past three years, 27% of our department’s graduate students have been female. The Faculty is also representative of diverse cultures.

  • NCWIT Academic Alliance. Our department is a member of the NCWIT Academic Alliance. NCWIT is the National Center for Women & Information Technology, a 501(c)(3)* coalition that works to increase diversity in IT and computing.
  • Our faculty serve as research mentors to summer undergraduate researchers through the CRA-W/CDC Distributed Research Experiences for Undergraduates program, which has the goal of increasing the number of women and underrepresented groups entering graduate studies in the fields of computer science and engineering.
  • Our Department, along with the Dean’s office, is committed to financially support a cohort of early college computer science majors to attend the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing each year. (See the UDaily Article on one recent trip.) The event is a series of sessions that include leading researchers presenting their current work and special sessions that focus on the role of women in today’s computer science, information technology, research and engineering fields.
  • The women undergraduates and graduates lead a CISTERS group and participate regularly in the College of Engineering’s Women in Engineering activities, including brown bag lunches, speakers, and social events.
  • The department regularly offers a service learning course, Learning Game Development, in which student teams practice their software engineering skills in designing and implementing learning games for middle school teachers and their students at the Chester Community Charter School in Chester, PA (a high-crime, high poverty community). This is an opportunity for students to help broaden participation in computing. The development of this course was funded by the National Science Foundation Broadening Participation in Computing program. More details can be found at Compute Teams 4 Youth.

Faculty in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences are active in diversity-related initiatives for broadening participation in computing.

  • Faculty advise students as part of the GEM Fellowship program.
  • Faculty present and participate in the RISE 5-week Summer academic bridge program to recruit and encourage academically prepared students who are native-born African American, Hispanic American, and Native American, as well as others who, as a group, are underrepresented in engineering.
  • Faculty have attended the Faculty Recruiting and Faculty Mentoring programs developed by the NSF sponsored UD ADVANCE program to increase the representation of, and improve the climate for, women faculty in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.
  • Cavazos coordinates a program for the Coalition to Diversity Computing (CDC) called “Sending Students and Mentors to Technical Conferences,” which sends underrepresented students to technical conferences.
  • Cavazos and Pollock co-organized a Discipline-specific Mentoring Workshop at University of Delaware. Cavazos has co-organized additional discipline-specific workshops in other locations. The main goal of these workshops is to encourage underrepresented students to attend graduate school.
  • Pollock co-organizes the CRA-W Graduate Cohort program annually which aims to increase the ranks of senior women in computing by building and mentoring nationwide communities of women through their graduate studies.
  • Pollock serves regularly on the Academic Advisory Board for the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (also served as General and Program Cochair).

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Staff Mission

We have committed ourselves to be highly productive and provide superior operating results to all Faculty and Students we serve as customers. We commit ourselves to working together as a team by being clear about tasks, structure, and accountability.

We value mutual respect and diversity, promote a welcoming atmosphere, instill ethical behavior and engage in activities that improve the performance of everyone we serve.

  • We will sensitively and effectively assist students who have different life experiences, class and cultural backgrounds, identities, orientations, abilities and values and make appropriate referrals to specialized campus resources to ensure optimal integration into university culture.
  • We will work together as a team and with campus-wide academic and administrative units with the aim of facilitating student success and reasonable individual accommodation within campus standards.
  • A top priority is to meet the increasing demands of a rapidly changing environment and provide services in a proactive, responsive, cost effective and service-oriented manner that parallels with and supports the University’s strategic plan.
  • We will continually strive to improve customer satisfaction, all while establishing a high level of accountability by delivering quality services that satisfy customer requirements.

We will foster a learning environment where employees are encouraged to develop their skills to meet the demand of the future, while still promoting teamwork, learning, high performance and mutual respect for differences.

Why a Career in CIS?

From its inception just a half century ago, computing has become the defining technology of our age. Computers are integral to modern culture and are the primary engine behind much of the world’s economic growth. Moreover, the field continues to evolve at an astonishing pace, making computer science increasingly important with each passing day.

With a background in computer and information science, you can help the world. For example you can help to:

  • Improve human health
  • Advance computer technology
  • Coordinate disaster responses
  • Impact national security
  • Advance weather forecasting
  • Improve communications
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