Undergraduates from across the country attended our workshops in 2014 to learn how to write more effective graduate school applications for PhD studies in Computer Science and Engineering.

Workshops were held at Carleton College, Harvey Mudd College, MIT, the University of Chicago, and the University of Utah.

Below are a typical agenda and video highlights.

AGENDA

Noon – 1:00pm Registration and Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 pm Faculty research presentations, followed by faculty panel: "Research in Computing and Impact in the Real World"
2:00 – 3:00 pm Student research presentations, followed by student panel: "Why Go To Graduate School in Computing?"
3:00 – 5:00 pm Clinic: "How to Write a Statement of Purpose"
(One-on-one appointments are available to provide feedback to students who bring drafts)

SESSION LEADERS / PANELISTS



Kevin Fu
Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering
University of Michigan
Website

Research interests in computer system security, ultra-low power computing, and healthcare safety.


James Mickens
MLK Visiting Professor
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
and Researcher, Microsoft Research
MSR WebsiteMIT Website

Research interests in cloud computing and applications and the security of large-scale data.


Jenna Wiens
Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering
University of Michigan
Website

Research interests in artificial intelligence, machine learning, computational healthcare, and sports analytics.

ADDITIONAL PANELISTS



Fadel Adib
MIT TR35 Recipient
PhD student in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Website

Research interests in wireless (RF) signals to improve visual perception, enable new modalities in gesture control, and allow large scale and non-invasive health monitoring.



Meghan Clark
NSF Graduate Research Fellow, Microsoft Graduate Women’s Scholarship
PhD student in Computer Science and Engineering
University of Michigan
Website

Research interests in ubiquitous computing and embedded sensor networks, with a focus on smart buildings.


Elaine Wah
PhD student in Computer Science and Engineering
University of Michigan
Website

Research interests at the intersection of finance and artificial intelligence, specifically in applying computational methods to study automated trading in financial markets.


Wenyuan Xu
Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering
University of South Carolina
Website

Research interests in wireless networking and its security and privacy, particularly in building reliable wireless networks and securing commodity wireless devices.

VIDEOS OF PRESENTATIONS AND PANELS

Faculty Panel: Research in Computing and Impact in the Real World

Student Panel: Why Go To Graduate School in Computing?

Kevin Fu: Security and PrivacyJames Mickens: Distributed SystemsJenna Wiens: Data Driven Healthcare

Student Presentations: Fadel AdibMeghan ClarkElaine Wah













Learn about the most recent workshops here.

This effort is supported in part by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. CNS-1330142.  Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.