The goal of this course is to prepare undergraduate students to engage in research in Computer Science.
Target audience(s): * All first year CCS Computing Students * Students that want to get involved in research as an undergrad with a CS faculty member * Students considering going on to grad school in CS * CCS Computing students preparing for their mid-residency review
Students will have the opportunity to both get a sense of the breadth of Computer Science research through attending Faculty Research Presentations, and participating in discussions about faculty research. Students will attend a series of presentations by UCSB CS faculty members, each of which will present an overview of their research. Faculty members will be presenting these talks as a way of recruiting students into their own research labs. Students enrolled in the course will be expected to attend these talks, listen to the speakers, and be prepared to ask the presenter(s) at least one question after the talk about their research area, or about the process of doing research in Computer Science. These presentations will occur Fridays from 1-2pm. There will also be a 30 minute discussion (2-2:30pm) immediately following each of the faculty talks with the students from this course, and the instructor. Students may earn 1 unit of lower division credit provided that they arrive on time for the talks, have a reasonable attendance record and participate in the discussions.
Restricted to CCS Computing. Other students must request permission of the instructor.
Background needed to take this course: Open to CMPCS, CMPSC, CPTCS, CMPEN majors, and others by permission of the instructor. This course is open, with permission of the instructor, to all UCSB students regardless of major or college, that have sufficient Computer Science preparation to be able to meaningfully participate in the course, and have a serious intention and capacity to do research in Computer Science.