The Computer Science Department has a very diverse, friendly group of students, faculty and staff. One of the best ways to get to know each other is to attend department events or join student groups.
For more on upcoming events, check out our Event Calendar.
Each week a graduate student from one of the CS labs will discuss their 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.
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.
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.
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 cookout in the Engineering courtyard. At this time, the chair of the CS department gives out various awards to graduate students, such as Outstanding Research, Outstanding Teaching Assistant and Best Grad Student Colloquium.
This 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.
Our student groups include, but are not limited to: