Student Life

What is it like to be a PhD or MS/ME students here?  


The Computer Science Deparment has a very diverse group of students and faculty.  One of the best ways to get to know each other is to have events that the entire CS Department attend.  We have a great group of student volunteers, staff and faculty that help to organize these events.  We also have several student groups and committees that you can join if you would like to get more involved with the CS Department.

Events & Student Groups  

  • Graduate Student Colloquia: Each week a graduate student from one of the CS labs will discuss his/her current research. These talks are geared to foster communication between CS labs, help students learn about the research projects of each lab, and give students a friendly environment to practice their presentation skills. Pizza will be provided after each presentation, and an award for the best talk will be given at the end of the academic year.
  • Computer Science Colloquia: The Department holds colloquia throughout the Fall and Spring semesters. These colloquia, open to the public, are typically held on Thursday afternoons, but sometimes occur at other times as well. If you would like to receive email notification of upcoming colloquia, subscribe to our Colloquia Mailing List. If you would like to schedule a colloquium, see Colloquium Scheduling.
  • Ice-cream Social: Each fall, the Computer Science Department hosts a welcome back event and Ice-cream social.  This is a great opportunity for new students to meet faculty, other students, and staff in CS. 
  • Spring Picnic: Each spring, the CS Social Committee hosts a spring picnic to celebrate making it through another year.  The students organize, provide food, and show off their cooking skills as we have a traditional cook-out in the Engineering courtyard. At this time, the Chair of the CS department gives out various awards, such as Outstanding Research, Outstanding Teaching Assistant, and new this coming spring, Best Grad Student Colloquium. 
  • HCC Show & Tell: The HCC Show and Tell event is a community-fostering interactive meetup that brings together students and faculty members for the benefit of sharing and discussing Human-centered computing (HCC) research ideas, themes, and opportunities for collaboration.
  • Student Groups and Committees include, but are not limited to: CU Women in Computing (CUWIC), Ethical Hacking, Social Committee, Graduate Committee, Executive Committee, United Government of Graduate Students (UGGS)

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