Get involved in the CSE community
Education is more than just coursework! These extracurricular activities provide entertainment, skills, and connections beyond the classroom.
Stay Connected with Students, Faculty, and Advisors
You can get involved in CSE without making a major committment. Take a moment to talk with CSE faculty, staff, and your fellow students through these quick activities:
- Use the undergrad labs: The labs on the lower level of the Allen Center are a great place to work in groups or individually. If you're new to the department, other students can tell you which labs are more social and which offer a quieter workspace.
- Go to Office Hours: Office hours can be useful even if you don't have urgent questions. Stop by to check your understanding of tricky concepts. If you find a course particularly challenging, talk with your instructors before you fall behind.
- Go to advising: Check in with Crystal, Elise, or Raven to plan ahead, ask questions, or let us know how your quarter is going.
- Go to departmental events: CSE offers many events to help you socialize, plan for a career, and explore the field. Watch the CSE undergrad news blog and calendar for upcoming events.
Most of these talks are open to everyone and feature a wide range of topics and speakers. Come hear about new developments in your favorite CSE research areas and listen to presentations by leaders in industry. No need to RSVP.
If you want to work with faculty and grad students and deepen your own understanding of computer science topics, consider participating in computing research or being a TA! The links above will provide detailed information on how to get involved.
The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) is an international society devoted to the advancement of scientific and educational computing. The UW student chapter, hosted by the CSE department, brings the motivation and spirit of this organization to campus and provides an atmosphere that encourages academic growth, departmental socializing, and open lines of communication between students and faculty.
The Association for Computing Machinery for Women (ACM-W) supports the recruitment and retention of
women in computing fields and showcases women leaders in computing. The CSE student chapter of ACM-W pursues multiple missions: to educate women about the field of computing, to engage women in exciting activities, to connect students with industry leaders, to promote the field of computing to younger students, and to support the activities of the ACM. Membership is open to all students — male and female — who support the goals of the organization.
Open to all students, MSEP is a College of Engineering program supporting more than 400 African American, Hispanic, and Native American undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in engineering and science. MSEP promotes high academic standards and leadership among participants. The organizaiton also hosts three Engineering student societies: the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, the National Society of Black Engineers, and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers.
Women in Science & Engineering (WiSE): Organization and Annual Conference
WiSE is a university-level program housed in the Center for Workforce Development. WiSE focuses on recruiting and retaining women of all ethnic backgrounds and creating an academic and social climate that is conducive to the success of both men and women undergraduate and graduate students. The annual WiSE conference brings together professionals and students of all levels for social, academic, and professional development. CSE department sponsors the registration fee for CSE majors to attend the conference.
The Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center engages undergraduates in understanding, building, and improving our communities. The Center offers programs that combine academic coursework with community-based learning and leadership. Opportunities for learning outside the classroom can deepen your understanding of complex philosophical, economic, and political issues and help you develop a sense of civic responsibility at the UW and beyond.