IMPORTANT- TUTORING WILL CONTINUE ONLINE for SUMMER 2020
1:1 Tutoring will continue to be offered online as of June 8th.
There will be no Guided Study Sessions offered during the Summer.
Tutors offer support on general concepts, practice problems, and theories in the computer science intro classes for ALL students. Tutors do not offer support on specific project or homework questions.
To register for tutoring, please complete this form: go.umd.edu/SummerTutorRequest20.The form will give you access to a Google Calendar to sign-up for 1:1 appointments. Tutors will provide a virtual Zoom link for remote tutoring.
Peer Mentoring Program
The mission of the Iribe Initiative for Inclusion and Diversity in Computing’s Peer Mentoring program is to facilitate community building, support academic success, and provide professional development for all students in computing. The program will foster peer-to-peer connections within the Department of Computer Science as well as involvement in the larger University of Maryland community.
Peer Mentoring is open to all students interested in computing and attending the University of Maryland.
The Peer Mentoring Program includes:
1 on 1 mentor/mentee partnerships
Monthly mentoring meetings
Informal social gatherings
Resources on professional, social, and academic events
Diversity Conference Scholarships
The Iribe Initiative for Inclusion & Diversity in Computing offers scholarships to attend the following conferences:
Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing
Grace Hooper Celebration
Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans
Hispanic Professional Engineers
The application will be open June 1st- June 30th
NOTE: Some conferences have gone virtual this year. All scholarships are contingent upon UMD allowing classes and travel in Fall 2020. No decisions about application status will be made until UMD Fall 2020 class plans are confirmed.
Aside from scholarships provided by the Iribe Initiative for Inclusion and Diversity (applications open in the spring semester), the Department of Computer Science has professional development funds available to UMD students interested in traveling to conferences, workshops, hackathons, and other professional development events. Applications are typically reviewed within two weeks of submission.
You will need to provide a faculty reference (via the form) and submit a current resume and transcript.
Each year undergraduate students are selected to be Ambassadors. Through this program, students receive training on best practices for teaching and content. They then apply these skills to go into CompSciConnect, weekend, and after-school programs to teach others computing. Through this experience, Ambassadors create a community between themselves and support each other while teaching the next generation of computer scientists. Applications for this program are typically open in August, January (if needed), and March.
Spring 2020 Applications have closed.
Inclusion Speaker Series
While we have a very diverse student body in the Department of Computer Science, our faculty members are just beginning to match it in terms of diversity. Very often our students do not see professors who look like them-- or are different from them--giving academic or other technical talks. While we firmly believe that our current faculty members teach, research, and operate with fairness and inclusion in mind, we also understand that representation is of utmost importance. We take the words of education activist Marian Wright Edelman very seriously: “You cannot be what you cannot see.” Whether it is a position as a professor, a CTO, a software developer, or a cofounder of a startup, it is important for our students to see themselves in the speakers we introduce to them. Conversely, it is equally important for students to see people who look different from themselves in positions of authority as professors and technical experts in order to challenge perceived stereotypes and to ultimately encourage inclusive behavior.
Founded by Fredrika Salley and Dr. B.K. Adams in September 2018, the Inclusion Speaker Series brings in faculty members and researchers to give technical talks about all areas of computing.
Dates for Spring 2020 Speakers will be posted in January
Professional Development Series
Each semester the Center provides professional development opportunities for our students. Events can range from insightful talks by industry leaders or faculty from other universities or panels and round-table discussions. The topics range from interview processes, graduate school preparation, adjusting to the work force, creating work-life balance, or finding a mentor. Most events require an RSVP. For upcoming events see our calendar.