State Farm Coding Competition 10/5 – Register Now!

State Farm’s annual coding competition will be 10/5/2019.

Students can check the website for details and register now!

  • $800 prize awarded to at least 4 teams
  • All-expense paid trip to Phoenix if you make finals – 11/11/2019
  • $1500 grand prize to finals winner

Register now! As a motivator for Millikin students to participate, John Cardamone will treat teams who compete to Krekel’s for dinner sometime after the competition!

ACI Career Development Expo 10/4/19

Free to students, and transportation is provided. Register by September 27.


Have you organized your delegation to

ACI’s 2019 Career Development Conference and Employer Expo?

Friday, October 4, 2019

North Central College – Naperville, IL


Click here to register students and staff for the event!

All attendees must register in advance.



Free to students, staff and faculty, ACI’s Career Development Conference offers:

  • Seven Skill-Building Seminars on topics ranging from email etiquiette and micro-internships to employment law and building credit
  • Three Career Pathing Sessions that explore opportunities in financial services, insurance, and not-for-profit organizations
  • Two Plenary Keynote Functions – breakfast with nationally-known networking expert JD Gershbein and lunch with diversity expert Michelle Silverthorn – with students and employers seated together.


ACI’s Employer Expo emphasizes give students access to top-flight employers, with the emphasis on quality over quantity. Our roster of employers is growing daily:

  • Advocate Aurora Health
  • Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting
  • Aon
  • Baker Tilly
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
  • Call One
  • CBRE
  • Central Intelligence Agency
  • CME Group
  • Consolidated Electrical Distributors, Inc.
  • Dayton Freight Lines
  • Environmental Design International
  • Fifth Third Bank
  • Northwestern Mutual
  • QuadJobs
  • Shure
  • Wells Fargo
  • Wintrust


ACI member institutions will be showcasing their graduate programs. These graduate schools will join us:

  • Dominican University
  • Judson University
  • Lewis University
  • North Central College School of Graduate and Professional Studies
  • Saint Xavier University


We know that travel time could make it hard to stay for the full day, so we’ve  we planned the conference to present excellent content in both the morning and the afternoon (see updated agenda attached). Students may register from early morning to mid-afternoon, and employers will be available throughout the day.



North Central College is easily accessible from Illinois 88 and 355, and from the Naperville Metra/Amtrak station. Street parking is available along side streets in the neighborhood, as well as in the college’s outdoor lot at the corner of Brainard and Highland.


There is a short (but hilly) walk between the two buildings hosting the Career Developing Conference. Attendees with accessibility needs should contact Eli O’Sullivan Kurtz at no later than Friday, September 27, 2019.



ACI offers grants of up to $300 to member colleges requiring assistance to transport students to the Naperville conference. Grants can fund van drivers, van rental, bus or train tickets to bring a group of students to the event. All campuses are eligible to receive grants, but funds are limited. Campuses most distant from Naperville will have priority. To apply for a grant, complete the attached grant application and email it to Eli O’Sullivan Kurtz at no later than September 16, 2019.



Our 2019 goal is to host 8-10 students from each of our 26 member campuses. To help you promote the event, we’re providing a poster you can post around your campus and send to students via email. Please let us know how else we can help you recruit student attendees. 



On the day of the event, use #ACICareerConfab when sharing pictures and posts in your social media channels. This is a great opportunity to spread the word about the excellent career development resources your college provides to its students.


A rewarding experience for all students, even if they are not currently seeking a full-time job, ACI’s Career Development Conference delivers high value to students at every stage of their college career by building their knowledge of available career paths, developing their networking and personal branding skills, and enhancing their job readiness. 


VM Mainframe Workshop for Students this summer at VCU

IBM mainframes are still the backbone of may top companies. In fact, a large percentage of the folks who manage mainframes will be retiring soon. This is a great field to get into. See below about the workshop this summer where you could take a deep dive and build some new skills.


We invite you to attend our 2019 VM Workshop which will be held on June 27-29 at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond VA for two and a half days packed full of education and networking.

What is the VM Workshop?

The VM Workshop is an annual educational conference that covers two of IBM’s mainframe operating systems, z/VM, z/VSE; as well as the Linux operating system running as a guest of z/VM on IBM Z mainframes. It offers sessions on technical topics, hands-on labs, and user-experience sessions. Vendors provide sessions where you can learn about major non-IBM software packages and services. Everyone enjoys the opportunity to meet and network with people from various companies who are both new to the mainframe as well as highly skilled.

Students are invited to attend all 2 ½ days at the student rate of $10. Please visit our Student Attendees website for a description of our student package, and our registration website for an explanation of our conference rates.

Places to Stay

On-campus dorm rooms are available at a rate of $35-$50/Night depending on single or double occupancy. We plan to update our website with a list of hotels you may consider if the on-campus dorm rooms do not meet your needs.

Checkout our Sponsors!

Visit our 2018 sponsors page to see the companies who help us keep this event affordable. Sponsors will have tables in our vendor area to discuss their products and services. Some will offer presentations of their contributions to the mainframe environment.

Spread the Word!

Educators, please feel free to forward our invitation to your students and colleagues who might be interested in this affordable educational experience. Students, please share this opportunity with others!

We look forward to seeing you in Richmond on June 27-30!

Thinking about grad school? Do you enjoy research in computational science?

This Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) project is a ten week program where students work collaboratively on a wide variety of computational science projects.

The Center for Computation & Technology (CCT) at Louisiana State University (LSU) provides an ideal setting for the REU student to become familiar with interdisciplinary research. With research groups exploring gravitational waves, complex emergent phenomena in material science, or computational music, the participants work on cutting edge research in Computational Sciences.

The students learn how to use the most current cyberinfrastructure tools with individually designed training sessions targeted to their specific degree of preparation. In addition, since most CCT research groups collaborate with international researchers, REU students are exposed to how international collaborations work.

This program involves nine students every summer. Each student receives a stipend of $5,000, free housing in university dormitories, and up to $600 in travel expenses to and from Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

We invite interested students and their faculty mentor to browse through this site and consider applying for these positions.

Important Dates

  • December 15, 2018: Application opens – Apply here.
  • February 15, 2019: Application deadline.
  • March 15, 2019: Notification of decision.
  • May 20, 2019 through July 26, 2019: Program dates.

For REHSS Deadlines, please see the REHSS application page.

See our REU brochure and flyer.

Students who are considering undergrad summer research or applying to graduate school might find the following links useful:

Learn more about LSU and CCT.