The Computer Science and Engineering Track of Engineering Honors (EH-CSCE) is an Honors program for computer science and computer engineering majors in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering.  The program is designed to engage bright and inquisitive students and to give them opportunities to interact with each other and with our honors faculty. CSCE honors courses have small enrollments promoting close interaction between the faculty and students. However, the program is much more than just smaller and enriched courses. All EH-CSCE Scholars participate in an intensive undergraduate research experience, culminating in an Honors Thesis. Additionally, the program includes regular activities, such as monthly seminars and lunches with faculty, designed to build a community of scholars and round out their educational experience.

Features of the program include:

  • A Community of Scholars. Engineering Honors and the EH-CSCE  program have regular organized activities intended to engage students in a community of scholars. Activities are scheduled at least monthly and include seminars and lunches with faculty, meetings with distinguished visitors to the university, special opportunities to meet with departmental industrial partners, and interaction with more advanced undergraduate students and graduate students.
  • Renewable Academic Scholarship. Students who have active status in the EH-CSCE program are eligible to apply for an annual scholarship.
  • Special honors faculty advisors. EH-CSCE Scholars have additional access to faculty advisors. The EH-CSCE Departmental Coordinators serve as advisors for the students in the program on honors-specific issues and meet with each student in the program at least once during each semester that the student is in residence on the Texas A&M campus. Additionally, each EH-CSCE Scholar will be assigned a faculty mentor after their first semester in the program based on their research and career interests.
  • Undergraduate Research and Honors Thesis. An important component of the EH-CSCE Scholars program is an undergraduate research experience in which students engage in one-on-one research with our honors faculty and are integrated into their research groups. These experiences prepare students for graduate studies and make them more competitive for graduate admissions and fellowships. During their junior or senior year, EH-CSCE Scholars participate in the two-semester Undergraduate Research Scholars program which culminates in a written Honors Thesis. Students in the Undergraduate Research Scholars program receive honors credit for participating in research through the CSCE 491H course.
  • Honors Designation on Transcript. Students who successfully complete all program requirements will receive a designation on their transcript.
  • Other benefits. EH-CSCE Scholars have priority course registration (earlier than other students), priority for paid summer and academic year research internships, special opportunities to interact with departmental industrial partners who have internship and fulltime employment opportunities, opportunities to be peer teachers, and access to travel funds to attend technical conferences.
  • Relation to University Honors Programs. All of the honors hours taken for EH-CSCE can be used for the Texas A&M University Honors Program (called Honors Fellows).
  • Relation to the Fast Track graduate program. The Department of Computer Science and Engineering has a program that allows students to make progress towards a graduate degree while they are still an undergraduate. In particular, in the Fast Track program, students can take certain graduate courses and receive credit for both the undergraduate and graduate versions of the course, which could enable them to complete a BS and an MS in five years. EH-CSCE Scholars participating in the Fast Track program can use two of these courses towards the needed 21 honors of honors credits.

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Nancy M. Amato | Co-Founder

Nancy Amato, who is now Head of the Computer Science Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, served on the faculty at Texas A&M from 1995-2018. She received undergraduate degrees from Stanford University, an M.S. from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is the recipient of numerous teaching and mentoring awards, including the Betty M. Unterberger Award for Outstanding Service to Honors Education at Texas A&M and a Texas A&M Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching. She has worked with more than 100 undergraduate students in research. Her research interests include motion planning and robotics, computational biology and geometry, and parallel and distributed computing. She is an AAAS Fellow, an ACM Fellow, and an IEEE Fellow.