Computer Science & Information Systems


Site Moved
Posted: 3/01/2012
Murray State has gone to a new Content Management System. New site: (more)
Student Project Becomes A Hit For The Wii
Posted: 8/27/2010
"For Felix Bohatsch and his fellow teammates at the Vienna University of Technology, the dream of become game designers became a reality when their student project, And Yet It Moves, became an indie hit. This week, Nintendo released the puzzle platform game as a downloadable title for the Wii. "

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Visual Paradigm In CIS 650
Posted: 8/02/2010
As a partner of the Visual Paradigm Academic Partner Program, Mur... (more)
Global CIO: IT Jobs Claw Back From Crushing Recession
Posted: 4/09/2010
U.S. companies added information technology jobs -- 26,000 -- in the first quarter of this year, giving some hope that the IT job destruction from the recession is over. This marks the first time in almost two years that the U.S. economy has added IT jobs for two straight quarters.

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College Cinderella Stories
Posted: 3/31/2010
By Dr. Richard Brake -

Just as there should be more mid-major schools invited to the Big Dance, Americans should take a look at some less prominent schools like Murray State, as well as other unknowns like Grove City and Rhodes, which employ curricula that have produced higher than ave... (more)
DARPA Launches Competition With $40k Cash Prize
Posted: 12/01/2009
WASHINGTON (Nov. 30, 2009) -- The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency will take the Internet technology it helped create 40 years ago a step farther this weekend with a contest aimed at bringing people together to solve tough problems.

And the agency has sweetened the "DARPA Network Challenge"... (more)
First Set Of MSIS Graduates
Posted: 11/24/2009
The class of December 2009 is a major milestone for the CSIS department. We will be graduating three students from our brand new MSIS program. These students - Lester Hung, Yuji Rong and Chad Wortham - come from varied backgrounds and distinguished themselves in this field. Please join me in congratulating these fine young ... (more)
Internships (federal) - Plenty For CIS/CSC!
Posted: 11/19/2009
I just heard from a Criminal Justice student who has been interning with the FBI for the last two years that the federal government is in a hiring spree. They want CIS/CSC graduates REALLY bad. So, if you want a leg-up in your job searches at graduation time, get busy and start looking for summer internships with the feds. ... (more)
Pilgrim Receives Grant
Posted: 11/18/2009
Dr. Bob Pilgrim, assistant professor of computer science at Murray State University, has received a grant from Reading University in England to assist in weed control in the English grain crops. Pilgrim, who received a USDA grant to develop a weed control robot in 2003, uses machine vision on the computer to detect and iden... (more)
Freshman CSC Student Is 2009 MSU Idol
Posted: 11/16/2009
Murray, KY (November 16, 2009)
The Murray State University Council of College Heads once again did an excellent job of identifying and encouraging some excellent vocal talent to put on a show - and what a show it was.
    MC'd by Drs Debbie Owens and Brian Clardy, the show played to a decent-si... (more)
Regional Celebration Of Women In Computing Conference
Posted: 10/30/2009

...Within a 2-3 hour drive from your school!


Exciting News: We (Murray State University Department of Computer Science and Information Systems) have received funding for a Regional Celebration of Women in Computing. (Th... (more)

ACM Programming Competition Today
Posted: 10/24/2009
Put on your thinking caps because it is time to fight it out at the 34th annual “Battle of the Brains”  competition hosted by Murray State.
    Students from Murray State and neighboring universities have the chance to show off their computer programming skills when they compete in t... (more)
Girls STEM Day By McGaughey
Posted: 10/22/2009
Ultimate Steal
Posted: 9/01/2009
Those of you looking to get Microsoft Office for free will be disappointed to know that it is not part of the Academic Alliance Grant (You can get most everything else though - Contact Dr. Batts).

However, if you want to get Word/Excel/Powerpoint/Access/Publisher/Outlook etc, it is possible for purchasing thi... (more)
They Knew! Do You?!
Posted: 8/29/2009
"...if you do not have information, you can't operate and it is power." Madeline Albright (8/28/2009)
"Information is the mother's milk of the modern organization", Dr. Randy Dunn, President, Murray State U... (more)
Top Five High-Paying Bachelor's Degrees
Posted: 8/25/2009
Heading back to school to increase your earning potential, but not sure which degree will fit the bill? Just a bit of digging can help you find out which undergrad degrees not only fit the bill, but pay the bills, too. While graduate degrees are growing more and more common, earning the big bucks with a bachelor's degree is... (more)
We're Twittering And Facebooking!
Posted: 3/11/2009
Today marks the day we "got with the program"! The department has set up its own twitter and facebook accounts. Follow us on twitter -- We'll get updates from you through facebook... but add us as a friend!
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CIS Students And Faculty Visit Lightning Source
Posted: 3/06/2009
Five CIS students and a faculty visited Lightning Source facility in Nashville, TN on March 6th. Our contact at Lightning Source, Mr. Rick Romaine was very happy to show us around the facility. The facility can print a book within 24 hours of receipt of the manuscript. Small orders of 50 or 25 or even just one copy can ... (more)
FBI Plans Large Hiring Blitz Of Agents, Experts
Posted: 1/06/2009

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Wanted by the FBI: agents, language specialists, computer experts, intelligence analysts and finance experts.

The F... (more)

IT Employment, Workforce Reach Record Highs
Posted: 11/18/2008
The sharp increase in overall unemployment plaguing much of the U.S. economy has yet to be felt by the IT professional.

The number of people in the IT workforce and employed as IT professionals continues to grow despite the worsening economy. And, though down a bit, IT unemployment hovers near historic lows.<... (more)
New Partnership With Placement Service
Posted: 11/06/2008
The department has forged a partnership with a job placement service ( that allows us to list local jobs and view their list on our site. Jobs notified through the grape-vine are posted here. These requests come directly to our Faculty and Chair. If you register, you get a listing of jobs in the area every ... (more)
Our Very Own Blog!
Posted: 9/04/2008
The CSIS department now hosts its very own blog service that was implemented by Dr. Raj, Chair of the department. Faculty and students can now learn how to create, manage and operate their very own blogging tool.

After trying several co... (more)
Yet Another Intern Returns With Job Offer..
Posted: 8/22/2008
This summer we had the most summer interns we can think of. We are proud to announce that Matt Gawarecki returned after a successful internship at CAT Financial with a job offer. And he doesn't graduate till May 2009!

If you are a Junior and have a strong GPA, be sure to participate in the Fall Career Fair a... (more)
Employers Cannot Find Enough Tech Talent
Posted: 7/11/2008
Once again we are in the throes of a tech boom. People who stuck to the CS/IS programs are now in a position to choose from many offers. Chris (class of 2008) does not graduate till December 2008, but employers are banging on his door asking him to join them. He has five offers to pick from ! Here's an more)
Summer Orientation And Transfers
Posted: 6/12/2008
Congratulations on being accepted to one of our programs. We hope your years here bear much fruit down the road. The market being what it is, I have no doubt at all about your success. If you are a CIS student, you will be assigned to an advisor in the Center for Undergraduate Business Advising (CUBA) until you complete the... (more)
Transferring To Murray?
Posted: 4/21/2008
If you are planning on transferring to Murray, plan ahead so your transfer experience is smooth. One sure way of making it smooth is to pick the classes that count towards your "general education" classes. Choosing wisely can sometimes mean graduating a semester early. more)
CSC Challenge Exam / Microsoft 2007
Posted: 11/02/2007
A Challenge Exam for CSC199 has been scheduled November 29-30 (Thursday/Friday). Those who met math requirements (MAT 117 or highter) or who have a minimum Math ACT score of 20 will be eligible to challenge the course.  Register in the CSIS office, 652 BBS. C... (more)
Jobs! Jobs Everywhere....!
Posted: 10/23/2007
Yet another day is going to pass and I still cannot find people to place in Jobs and internships that have been brought to my attention. So far I have been notified of vacancies in top notch companies requiring a variety of skills from Java to PHP to just CS/CIS with Business knowledge! Just a sample of companies hurting fo... (more)
Area School Teachers Participate In Dr. Wilson's Alice Workshop
Posted: 7/16/2007
The Department of Computer Science & Information Systems at Murray State University recently offered a unique workshop to introduce teachers from various Western Kentucky school districts to Alice, a new learning tool for developing and enhancing critical reasoning skills. Nineteen teachers from school districts in the ... (more)
Seventh Annual Awards Luncheon And Project Demonstrations
Posted: 4/16/2007

The Department hosted its Seventh Annual Awards Luncheon on Saturday, April 14th. It was a busy day starting with mock interviews at 8:30. Four students - Ashley Hagan, Evan Miller, Chung en Hung and Tanisha Hunter - participated in this hour long session and benefited from the valuable feedback provided by the interview... (more)

MSU AITP Members Win At Regional Competition
Posted: 3/05/2007
Four members of MSU's Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) took top placings in their events in the Region VII student conference held at Birmingham, Ala. on Oct. 14 and 15, 2005. This year's conference was sponsored by the Birmingham, Ala. Chapter. Eleven schools a... (more)