Computer Science Development Fund
The University of Southern Mississippi - Gulf Park campus (Southern Miss Gulf Coast), located in Long Beach, Mississippi, is part of the 100-year-old University of Southern Mississippi, an accredited, state-funded, non-profit, research institution located in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Since 1972 Southern Miss Gulf Coast has been offering master’s and bachelor’s degrees in computer science. Alumni from the computer science program at Southern Miss Gulf Coast have found success in career opportunities across the country. Southern Miss Gulf Coast is located in the heart of the “tech corridor” along Interstate-10 which includes Stennis Space Center, Keesler Air Force Base, and Ingalls Shipbuilding. These employers, together with a host of technology driven small businesses, provide a strong economic base for computer science on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Southern Miss Gulf Coast is the only academic institution offering bachelors and master’s degrees in computer science in this vibrant market.
The Southern Miss Gulf Coast computer science discipline has around 90 majors (B.S. and M.S.), with 3 full-time faculty and 4 adjunct faculty. We strive to provide a quality education to our students. Over the past several years, we have a greater than 95% placement rate of graduates into degree-related jobs within six months of graduation. Hurricane Katrina devastated the Mississippi Gulf Coast in August of 2005. One result of Katrina was the near total loss of the Gulf Park campus and a precipitous drop in enrollment in the computer science program. Since that time our program has been actively rebuilding. As of 2011, the program has recovered to pre-Katrina levels of enrollment. We are looking forward to moving into a brand new Science and Technology building on the Gulf Park campus in the spring of 2013. As we move back to the Gulf Park campus and into the new building we anticipate continued and rapid growth.
As part of our work to improve our programs, we have recently established a "Gulf Coast Computer Science Development Fund" with the USM Foundation. The idea behind this is to raise money from various corporate and individual donors to support our programs on the Gulf Park campus. This fund will be used to continue recruitment efforts, fund additional faculty travel, pay for student scholarships, buy lab equipment and fund student internships for research. Chartered in 1959, The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit corporation that serves as a fiduciary of private funds donated to benefit the University. It is led by a volunteer Board of Directors and supported by a 25-member professional staff. Endowments may be created for a variety of purposes, such as scholarships, faculty development and research, and unrestricted support for any academic program at Southern Miss. As part of the Foundation, the Gulf Coast Computer Science Development Fund is also non-profit and will allow the computer science program at Southern Miss Gulf Coast to continue to provide well-educated, highly qualified personnel to fill the growing needs in the technology sector along the Mississippi Gulf Coast and around the country. You have received this letter because we believe that you have an interest in the continued growth and success of the computer science education at Southern Miss Gulf Coast. Please consider making a financial donation to our Development Fund. The Foundation will acknowledge all donations in writing, which will serve as documentation for tax purposes. The below link may be used to make any donations online:
Please choose the option “USM Gulf Coast” for Select Designation and choose “Other” for Choosing the Designation. Please list our fund name which is “Gulf Coast Computer Science Development Fund”, Fund Number 1880. We sincerely hope you will contribute to our programs and we thank you for your generosity. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact us.
Computer Science Faculty
University of Southern Mississippi-Gulf Park Campus