The UBC Department of Computer Science provides its grad students with exceptional professional and social opportunities. Grad students are very involved in running the department, with a student representative on every departmental committee and department meetings open to all. The students themselves organize numerous social activities including weekly teas and off-topic lectures.
Some of the opportunities for students include:
- Orientation Week
Occurring at the beginning of the fall semester, grad student orientation is fully organized and run by senior grad students. This event offers a comprehensive overview of the department and campus and offers a look at the department's many social opportunities, including hiking, barbeques, and restaurant visits.
- Department Meetings
Everyone is welcome to department meetings. The meetings offer grad students an opportunity to shape the department's atmosphere and events, with students and faculty engaged in dialogue on an equal footing.
- Distinguished Lecture Series (DLS)
Held roughly once per month, DLS events bring distinguished speakers from academia or industry to the UBC campus to discuss their work. Free of charge and open to the UBC community and the public, these talks are of particular interest to computer scientists.
- Un-Distinguished Lecture Series (UDLS)
On Friday afternoons, graduate students hold their own lecture series. Presentations are casual, non-work related, generally entertaining, and frequently followed by a trip to Koerner's pub.
- Tuesday Tea
On Tuesday afternoons, graduate students gather in the 8th floor lounge to enjoy the view, the tea, and the networking opportunities.
- Other events organized by CSGSA
Past events have included holiday parties, barbeques, curling competitions, laser tag, and a coffee co-op (in which students share high-end espresso equipment).