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CS URGE: A Resource for Undergraduates

May 21st, 2012 / in CS education, pipeline, resources / by Erwin Gianchandani

CS URGE, a resource for computer science undergraduates.The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) has developed a new website for undergraduates seeking summer research opportunities as well as advice and tips on applying for graduate school. The website is called CS URGE (CS Undergraduate Research and Graduate Education), and the URL is http://cra.org/ccc/csurge.

We URGE you to promote CS URGE with your students and place a link to the site from your departmental website. In addition to sections on “What is CS Research” and “Why Go to Graduate School?”, the site contains links to many undergraduate summer research programs (e.g., NSF REU, CRA-W, and many others) as well as a free service where researchers can post summer research opportunities and students can search those opportunities by disciplinary area. In addition, there is a page with candid advice on how to navigate through the graduate admissions process and what makes for a good application. Finally, there is a blog in which three current CS Ph.D. students share the joys and challenges of being a graduate student.

There is an URGEnt need for more students to enter careers in CS research, and we hope CS URGE will help!

(Contributed by Ran Libeskind-Hadas, CCC Council member and Harvey Mudd College)

<strong>CS URGE</strong>: A Resource for Undergraduates