The Hampton University Department of Computer Science is hosting the Students & Technology Academia, Research & Service (STARS) Alliance Celebration in Hampton this year, August 11-13. The annual conference for faulty and students is aimed to increase interests in computing for women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.

“We are excited to host the conference in Hampton this year,” stated Dr. Jean Muhammad, chair of the HU Department of Computer Science and vice general chair of the conference. “The conference is a great opportunity to continue to expose our students to the various aspects of the computing world and encourage more engagement in the industry.”

The alliance focuses on students from middle school to graduate school by encouraging them to pursue careers in computing. The conference will hold sessions the cover a vast amount of topics including programming on Android phones, game making and a special session on women in IT.

There are 31 schools involved in the STARS Alliance, with the conference expecting more than 350 students and faculty this year.