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 2024 will interest you.  The 2024 program will include:

  • Improving your graduate school applications and finding available resources throughout the application process, presented by UW CSE Graduate Advisors
  • Current graduate research projects in UW CSE labs, presented by the student researchers
  • The differences between industry and academia as a career path, presented by a guest speaker from industry
  • Introduction to machine learning and examples of how it's currently being used at UW CSE, presented by a Director of the UW Reality Lab
  • Small group projects for you to do, mentored throughout by current UW CSE grad students
  • Project presentations from all project groups at the final (April 29) meeting

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About the Workshop

A 4-5 week online program of workshops, seminars, and project work designed to encourage undergraduate students - particularly those from historically underrepresented groups - to consider and successfully apply to graduate schools in computer science. Organized by the UW Reality Lab and UW CSE’s Graduate Student Services, both at the University of Washington's Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE). Participants hear presentations from several University of Washington labs - such as Computer Vision/Graphics (GRAIL), Security & Privacy, and Human-Computer Interaction (specific labs change each year). Presentations on areas such as machine learning, deep learning, and 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. Presentations on the graduate school application processes and resources by staff from UW CSE Graduate Student Services.

2023 Workshop Dates  (all times below are Pacific Time)

  • Tuesday, March 28, 5pm-7pm (Pacific Time)
  • Tuesday, April 4, 5pm-7pm (Pacific Time)
  • Tuesday, April 11, 5pm-7pm (Pacific Time)
  • Tuesday, April 18, 5pm-7pm (Pacific Time)
  • Tuesday, April 25, 5m-7pm (Pacific Time)
  • Saturday, April 29, 1pm-4pm (Pacific Time)

Small project teams will meet weekly in addition to the schedule above

Who Should Apply?

Any undergraduate student in North or South America who is considering 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 Disabilities) and people who have shown a commitment to working with and promoting the education of these groups

Application Deadline

2023 Applications have closed. We will post information about the 2024 program in January.

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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


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 and 2023 we expanded the workshop from 1 intensive weekend to a series of evening meetings over the course of a month. We also expanded the UW labs involved to include Graphics & Imaging, Privacy, and Accessibility

Thank you to everyone who made the 2021, 2022, & 2023 workshops such a great success!!


The 2022 workshop was partially funded by ExploreCSR and TensorFlow.