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Computer science or computing science (abbreviated CS) is the study of the theoretical foundations of information and computation and of practical techniques for their implementation and application in computer systems. Computer scientists invent algorithmic processes that create, describe, and transform information and formulate suitable abstractions to model complex systems.

Computer science has many sub-fields; some, such as computational complexity theory, study the fundamental properties of computational problems, while others, such as computer graphics, emphasize the computation of specific results. Still others focus on the challenges in implementing computations. For example, programming language theory studies approaches to describe computations, while computer programming applies specific programming languages to solve specific computational problems, and human-computer interaction focuses on the challenges in making computers and computations useful, usable, and universally accessible to humans.

The general public sometimes confuses computer science with careers that deal with computers (such as information technology), or think that it relates to their own experience of computers, which typically involves activities such as gaming, web-browsing, and word-processing. However, the focus of computer science is more on understanding the properties of the programs used to implement software such as games and web-browsers, and using that understanding to create new programs or improve existing ones.

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University of Southern California
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Computer Science Scholarships

Name Amount Deadline
Box Engineering Diversity Scholarship $20,000 October 30, 2016
Google SVA Scholarship $10,000 November 04, 2016
Keynote Scholarship $10,000 December 02, 2016
Google Lime Scholarship $10,000 December 04, 2016
FIRST Scholarship - USC $5,000 February 16, 2017
FIRST Scholarship - Molloy College $5,000 February 28, 2017
FIRST Scholarship - Pace University $5,000 April 15, 2017
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