CSE Gradcom (2010-2011)

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 2010-2011 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 generally take place Friday 10-11 am in room 1223. We welcome suggestions for agenda items from all members of the department.

Fall Quarter

Date Agenda
9/24 Administrivia, brainstorming, discussion of minimum GPA requirements.
10/1 MSR graduate fellowship nominations
(deadline: 10/8; czar: Lawrence)
10/8 Discussion of flagged students from spring quarter review.
10/15 Departmental and ACM dissertation award nominations
(deadline 10/31; czar: Vineet)
10/22 IBM graduate fellowship nominations
(deadline: 10/29; czar: Mihir)
10/29 Discussion of Pubcom brochure; event planning for winter and spring
11/5 Discussion of course scheduling and Graduate Council review
11/12 Summer graduate teaching fellowship nominations
(deadline: 11/19; czar: Alex)
11/19 Interdisciplinary Scholar Awards
(deadline: 12/15; czar: Lawrence)

Winter Quarter

Date Agenda
01/07 Discussion of minimum GPA requirements (redux)
01/28 Google graduate fellowship nominations
(deadline: 02/01; czar: Serge)
02/4 Intel graduate fellowship nominations
(deadline: 02/11; czar: Sorin)
02/11 Meeting of all committee chairs with department chair
02/18 Graduate student voices
02/25 Oversight of 2011-2012 course scheduling;
preparations for prospective graduate student visit day
03/04 Discussion of teaching assistantships
03/11 Prospective graduate student visit day.

Spring Quarter

04/01 Off-campus faculty retreat:
Gradcom/Adcom discussion of PhD admissions.
04/08 Meeting with Alumni Board.
04/15 Discussion of partnership with Simula.
04/22 Discussion of 5th year PhD students
interviewed by Lawrence.
04/29 Discussion of 4rd year PhD students
interviewed by Sorin.
05/06 Discussion of 2nd-4th year PhD students
interviewed by Alex.
05/13 Discussion of 2nd year PhD students
interviewed by Mihir.
05/20 Discussion of 1st year and 5th year PhD students
interviewed by Vineet and Serge.
05/27 General faculty meeting led by Gradcom.

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. Fellowships, the Intel Scholarships Program, and the Summer Graduate Teaching Fellowships. For such awards, Gradcom solicits nominations and selects which students the department puts forward.


Gradcom organizes and promotes occasional events with the help and support of the
CSE Graduate Student Association. We welcome additional suggestions from outside the committee. So far on this year's agenda:

  • Graduate Student Town Halls
  • Research Haiku Contest
  • Torrey Pines Hike for First-Year Students
  • Tron Movie Night

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.


Gradcom 2009-2010