Events

For some pointers on organizing an event on behalf of the Grad Council, see the guide.

Calendar

You may see the CS Grad Council Google Calender here.

You may also see the Computer Science Defenses (Masters or PhD) Calender here.

Upcoming Events

Student-Advisor Relationship Workshop: Jan. 25th, 2021

CS grad council is inviting you to our Student-Advisor Workshop. In this workshop, we will discuss how to create and nurture a healthy relationship between you and your advisor. The format will include a talk by Bryan Hanson, the graduate ombudsperson, and a panel of professors (Doctors Bowman, Butt, North, and Shaffer) who are great role-models as advisors, and who could share with us, especially new students, some tips on how to navigate this long-term relationship. We will also have a panel of students: (Cory Ilo, Kylie Davidson, and Lindah Kotut) who have developed healthy relationships with their advisors and would like to share their experience with you.

CSGC weekly lofi coffee hour: September 24th and on



Past Events

Fall 2021

Mentorship Event: Jan. 21st, 2021

Part 1: Mentor Training
The event provided an overview of the Mentorship Program and gave the mentors an opportunity to get to know each other.

Part 2: Mentor/Mentee Meetup
The event provided mentors and mentees in the Mentorship Program an opportunity to join different Zoom breakout rooms and get to know each other.

Fall 2020

Qualifier Q/A: Dec. 3, 2020

The event will consist of a panel of graduate students who have completed the Qualifying process. They will talk about their experiences with the exam and/or passing based on research points.

Industry Job Panels: Oct. 29, 2020

The CS Graduate Student Council has organized a Q&A panel for jobs outside of academia for CS Graduate Students.

Welcome Event: September 25th, 2020

Spring 2020

Virtual Coffee Break: April 16th to August 18th, 2020

The CS Grad Council would like to invite you to a biweekly virtual coffee break.

Department Town Hall: April 8th, 2020

The CS Grad Council is pleased to invite you to the 2nd Annual Computer Science Graduate Town Hall.

Hear from Dr. Ribbens and Dr. Shaffer about current challenges and opportunities facing the department, openly answering questions related to the Coronavirus and its impacts.

Academic Jobs: April 14th, 2020

Grad Council is hosting a Q&A Panel about obtaining, preparing for, and excelling at academic jobs.

If you might want to be a faculty member someday, this is a great event to attend!

Recruitment Weekend: Feb. 27-29, 2020

The CS Graduate Student Council hasis please to announce the recuitment weekend for potential Computer Science Graduate Students.

Fall 2019

Qualifier Q&A: Dec. 4, 2019

The event will consist of a panel of graduate students who have completed the Qualifying process. They will talk about their experiences with the exam and/or passing based on research points.

Industry Job Panels: Oct. 17, 2019

The CS Graduate Student Council has organized a Q&A panel for jobs outside of academia for CS Graduate Students. The panel is composed of a few alumni from Virginia Tech and other universities who will share their experiences working in the industry.

Lightning Talks: Oct. 2, 2019

Come hear a succession of 3-minute Lightning Talks on research and topics of interest from graduate students in the CS department. This will be a great opportunity to hear about different CS research happening at Virginia Tech, from the perspective of “the students who do the work”.

Welcome-back barbecue: Aug. 29, 2019

Spring 2019

Academic Jobs: Feb. 21, 2019

Grad Council is hosting a Q&A Panel about obtaining, preparing for, and excelling at academic jobs. The panelists are six faculty members with a range of experience: assistant professors, newly hired assistant professors, and professors who have served on search committees for faculty candidates.

If you might want to be a faculty member someday, this is a great event to attend!

Fall 2018

Qualifier Q&A and Pizza: Nov. 15, 2018

The CS Grad Council is pleased to invite you to Qualifier Q&A and Pizza, so you can learn about the CS PhD qualifying process from students who have already qualified.

If you haven’t yet taken the qualifier exam, this is a great opportunity to ask questions and to learn from others’ experiences. If you’d like to pass the qualifier on research points, we’ll be talking about that too.

Community Building: Nov. 9, 2018

The CS Grad Council is pleased to invite you to CS Grad Student Community Building in an effort to bring CS grad students together and better connect the department together as a whole.

Whether you’re a new student looking to make more friends in the CS department or an older student looking to meet some new people, come join us for a quirky but fun community building event. Dr. Patty Raun from the Theater department will be guiding us through activities designed to help us break out of our shells and get to know each other better. Dr. Raun also helps run the Communicating Science course, so she will be adapting activities from her class for our purposes in this event.

Lightning Talks: Sept. 6, 2018

The CS Grad Council is pleased to invite you to the Fall edition of our Lightning Talks event.

Slides from the presenters are available here if you are signed into a vt.edu email account.

Spring 2018

Computer Science Graduate Town Hall: Apr. 19, 2018

The CS Grad Council is pleased to invite you to the 1st Annual(?) Computer Science Graduate Town Hall.

Hear from Dr. Ribbens and Dr. Shaffer about current challenges and opportunities facing the department, along with some recent history and future aspirations.

Ask questions, and propose changes to the department. Eat pizza.

For our friends in Northern Virginia, we’ll arrange remote access to the event. As always, no remote access to our pizza will be provided.

Fall 2017

Qualifier Q&A and Pizza: Dec. 7, 2017

The CS Grad Council is pleased to invite you to Qualifier Q&A and Pizza, so you can learn about the CS PhD qualifying process from students who have already qualified.

If you haven’t yet taken the qualifier exam, this is a great opportunity to ask questions and to learn from others’ experiences. If you’d like to pass the qualifier on research points, we’ll be talking about that too.

For our friends in Northern Virginia, we’ll arrange Skype access to the Q&A if anyone is interested. No remote access to our pizza will be provided.