CSE Gradcom (2009-2010)

The CSE departmental committee on graduate affairs (Gradcom) meets weekly to discuss all aspects of the Ph.D. program, including research, coursework, and department culture. The members of Gradcom for 2009-2010 are:

Gradcom is also assisted by Julie Conner and Samira Khazai in the Student Affairs Office. This year's student representative is Zachary Tatlock.


Our weekly meetings take place Friday 10-11 am in room 1223. We welcome suggestions for agenda items from all members of the department.

Date Agenda
10/2 MSR graduate fellowship nominees:
Ariel Levavi (winner!), Neeha Chachra, Ming Woo Kawaguchi, Radhika Niranjan.
10/9 Brainstorming of Gradcom initiatives for 2009-2010.
10/16 Departmental dissertation awards:
Manmohan Chandraker and Diwaker Gupta.
10/23 IBM graduate fellowship nominees:
Chih-Chieh Cheng and Elio Damaggio.
10/30 Discussion of graduate student seating policies.
11/4 Graduate Student Town Hall (and Dinner)
Wed 4:15-5:45 pm, Room 1202
11/13 Discussion of issues raised at Town Hall.
11/20 Haiku contest organization; discussion of TA priorities. Summer graduate teaching fellowship nominees:
James Anderson (winner!) and Leo Porter (winner!).
01/15 Detecting students in trouble:
discussion of early warning signs.
01/22 Budget scenarios for 2010-2011:
presentation by Don Peters-Corville.
01/29 Annual OGS Winter Meeting with Dean Barrett.
02/05 Joint gradcom/adcom meeting with Alin Deutsch.
How to attract PhD students: first-year bonuses
versus multi-year TA guarantees?
02/12 Gradcom Open House: Student Voices
02/19 Google graduate fellowship nominees:
Boris Babenko (winner!) and Zach Tatlock
02/26 Intel graduate fellowship nominees:
Vasileios Kontorinis, Ganesh Venkatesh, and Eitan Yaakobi (ECE) (winner!).
03/05 No meeting: preparations for visit day.
03/12 Prospective graduate student visit day.
04/09 Discussion of 4th year PhD students
interviewed by Lawrence.
04/23 Discussion of 4th year PhD students
interviewed by Victor.
04/30 Discussion of 3rd year PhD students
interviewed by Sorin and George.
05/07 Discussion of 1st and 2nd year PhD students
interviewed by Alex, Mihir, and Victor.
05/14 Discussion of 5th year PhD students
interviewed by Dean and George.
05/21 Discussion of spillover, review of flagged students, and
preparation of themes for faculty meeting at 11 am.

Student evaluations

Gradcom closely monitors the cases of individual students who are not making satisfactory progress through the Ph.D. program. Typically, these cases involve failure to complete one of the following requirements:

Requirement Normative Time to Completion Hard Deadline
research exam
end of second year end of third year
thesis proposal
end of third year end of fourth year

As part of a comprehensive annual review, members of Gradcom also meet individually with all Ph.D. students in the department. These meetings are designed to raise awareness of the requirements for the Ph.D. degree:

Competency: CSE 101, CSE 105, CSE 120, CSE 130, CSE 131, CSE 141.
Core Courses: CSE 200, CSE 202,CSE 221, CSE 240A, CSE 292.
3 Depth Courses (12 units)
3 Breadth Courses (12 units)
2 Electives (8 units)
TA Requirement: CSE 500 or CSE 501 (4 units)
Department Research Exam
Thesis Proposal - Advancement to Candidacy
Final Defense
Doctoral Thesis

One-on-one interviews with members of Gradcom are typically scheduled during the spring quarter of each year. However, students should feel free to contact members of Gradcom throughout the academic year.

Awards and Fellowships

The department maintains an up-to-date list of awards and fellowships for Ph.D. students in computer science. Many of these awards restrict the number of students that the department can nominate for consideration. Examples include the ACM Dissertation Award, the IBM Scholars Program, the Microsoft Research Fellowships, the Google Ph.D. Fellowship, and the Intel Scholarships Program. For such awards, Gradcom solicits nominations and selects which students the department puts forward. This year's fellowship czar is Dean Tullsen.


Gradcom organizes and promotes occasional events with the help and support of the
CSE Graduate Student Association.