Expanding and renaming the CV/ML Workshop as “CSNext”

The UW Reality Lab is expanding and renaming its “CV/ML Graduate School Prep Workshop” to include more students, more labs, more time, and more resources. The new name will be “CSNext: Graduate School Prep Workshop

"Graduate Reality Workshop, April 2021. Held by the UW Reality Lab

The workshop began in 2021 and was designed to encourage and assist undergraduates – particularly those from groups historically marginalized or underrepresented in STEM – to continue on to graduate school in computer science. Participants gathered online for an intensive, 2-day workshop, designed by John Akers (UW Reality Lab) with the help of Leslie Sessoms and Elise Dorough (UW CSE Graduate Student Services). They heard a talk on Deep Learning, presentations on current vision/graphics research and on the graduate school application process, panel discussions with current UW CSE grad students from varying backgrounds, and small group discussions with grad school mentors to work on coding skills and to chat about graduate school life.

For the 2022 workshop, we decided to expand the size and scope:

  • The workshop will meet on 5 separate days, spread across April
  • In addition to computer vision and machine learning, the workshop will include other UW CSE labs and topics, like security/privacy and human-computer interaction
  • Recruiting participants started earlier and we’re building on what we learned in 2021
  • More graduate student mentors (so we’re ready for a larger number of attendees)
  • Talks about the industry research career path

To help fund this expanded program, we applied to the ExploreCSR, a Google program that, “awards aid higher education efforts to support students from historically marginalized groups to pursue graduate studies and research careers in computing.”

If you know someone who should apply, or if you know a program helping undergraduates from underrepresented groups continue in computer science, send them to the CSNext webpage.

"Graduate Reality Workshop, April 2021. Held by the UW Reality Lab