CSNext: Graduate School Prep Workshop

A Workshop for Students Considering Graduate School in Computer Science

Are you an undergraduate considering graduate school in Computer Science (Computer Vision, Computer Graphics, Machine Learning, Computer Security/Privacy, Human-Computer Interaction, or AR/VR)?  Are you in a historically underrepresented or marginalized group for these fields ("URM")?  This online workshop & seminar series in April 2023 will interest you.

  • Learn more about computer vision, machine learning, security/privacy, and Human-Computer Interaction through lectures and projects
  • Work with graduate students in the University of Washington's Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE)
  • Hear from UW CSE Graduate Advisors about available resources throughout the application process, and how to improve your graduate school applications
  • Organized by the UW Reality Lab and UW CSE’s Graduate Student Services

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About the Workshop

A 4-week online program of workshops, seminars, and project work designed to encourage undergraduate students - particularly those from historically underrepresented minority groups - to consider and successfully apply to graduate schools in computer science. Participants will hear presentations from several University of Washington labs, such as Computer Vision/Graphics (GRAIL), Security & Privacy, and Human-Computer Interaction. There will be presentations on deep learning and on current graduate-level research, a panel discussion from current UW CSE grad students from varying backgrounds, opportunities to meet current graduate students from several UW CSE labs and be led through small-group exercises in their topics by them. There will be presentations on the graduate school application processes and resources, by staff from UW CSE Graduate Student Services.

Workshop Dates (All times in PDT)

We will post the dates here once we open applications (coming in January 2023)

Who Should Apply?

Any undergraduate student interested in a graduate degree in computer science is eligible. Target groups for this workshop are students from groups historically underrepresented in computing (such as African American, Hispanic/Latino(a), American Indian/Alaskan Native, Pacific Islander, Southeast Asian, Women, and People with Disabilites) and people who have shown a commitment to working with and promoting the education of these groups

Application Deadline

We will post the deadline here once we open applications (coming in January 2023)

Receive An Alert When Applications Open

Fill out this form if you want us to alert you when the application period opens in January 2023

Help us Find Attendees

If your department/office encourages undergraduates from URM backgrounds to continue to grad school in computer science, please contact us.


Questions can be sent to realitylab@cs.washington.edu



The 2022 workshop was partially funded by ExploreCSR and TensorFlow.

Previous offerings of this Workshop

2021 was our inaugural year for this workshop, then named “CV/ML Graduate School Prep Workshop”, and was an intensive, 1-weekend event. Attendees were from 9 universities (including several HBCUs), and were members or participants of several national organizations such as, NSBE, Karsh STEM Scholars, Meyerhoff Scholars Program, ESRP, WiSE, McNair Scholars, and Colorstack. The program included presentations on graduate level research projects, a lecture on Deep Learning, presentations from graduate school admissions advisors and from current UW CSE grad students from historically underrepresented backgrounds, and small group meetings to code, and discuss the realities of graduate school life.  In 2022 we expanded the workshop from 1 intensive weekend to a seres of evening meetings over the course of a month. We also expanded the UW labs involved to include Graphics & Imaging, Privacy, and Accessability

Thank you to everyone who made the 2021 & 2022 workshops such a great success!