Thank you for your interest in making the department a more inclusive and welcoming place! If you are a graduate student or a postdoc, there are a number of ways you can get involved and pitch in. Some of them are listed below.

Ways to get involved

  • Volunteer for CS&E’s New Student Welcome (emails [email protected] if interested)
    If you are interested in being a part of this cause, one of the ways to get involved is to be a part of the panel that will offer advice to the new students joining. New students are always looking for information to fit in and belong, and this will be a perfect opportunity for the students to learn from your knowledge and experience, while also breaking ice between the students.

  • Volunteer for CS&E’s Prospective PhD Student Visit Day (
    Every year, you have the opportunity to connect with prospective PhD students who visit the department. Be a part of these events and create a welcoming and friendly environment for the new students who are interested in joining the department. There are a variety of volunteer roles including:
    • Help coordinate and enjoy a game night with your fellow students
    • Attend our welcome breakfast mingle with prospective students and faculty
    • Present a research poster
    • Be one of our current student panelists
    • Guide a short campus tour
    • Attend our dinner with prospective students
    • Join a group of other students to plan a fun day to explore Minneapolis/St. Paul
    • Signup to host a prospective grad student
    • Volunteer at the Career Fair event to be a student recruiter
  • Volunteer at the CSE Career Fair and other recruiting events to be a student recruiter (email [email protected] if interested)
    The department is always interested in adding more talented students like yourself! Volunteer at the Career Fair event on the other side of the table as a recruiter and speak to interested undergraduates and students from other departments to consider a Computer Science degree. The
    CSE Career Fair typically occurs during the third week of the semester. If you’re interested in volunteering please email [email protected] right before the start of the semester or in the first few weeks of the semester and they’ll set you up as a volunteer. Our department also goes to a few other universities, like Carleton College, to recruit students. Student volunteers for these local trips could be a possibility as well.
  • Present a research poster at our department’s Research Showcase & Open House
    Every other year in the fall our department hosts a Research Showcase & Open House. We always need graduate students to present their research during a poster show during this event. Details and volunteer requests are typically sent out to the graduate listserv at the beginning of the fall semester. Feel free to contact [email protected] if you would like to be more involved in the planning of this large event.
  • Opportunity to develop experience towards academic positions

    Are you interested in developing your teaching skills while also being trained to acknowledge and embrace the differences a classroom can bring? Do you want to give yourself an edge over others when applying for academic positions? This opportunity may be just for you! Maria Gini and Shana Watters have received funding for a new program that allows for lower-division classes with smaller class sizes to be taught by Ph.D. students. Accepted student instructors will be provided additional training, mentoring, and curriculum development support throughout the semester by a faculty cohort mentor and will be fully funded at 50%. Please contact Shana Watters ([email protected]) for any immediate questions.

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