The CS department has volunteer roles (ministers) to represent PhD students’ interests, provide feedback to the department, and get students more directly involved in the department’s activities. Contact the Prime Minister for more info about these roles or if you would like to volunteer.
Responsible for handling most of the faculty-grad interactions and concerns. Acts as the primary interface between faculty and graduate students and is also the person to reach out to for miscellaneous concerns not represented by other roles below.
These are the people to reach out to if students have specific concerns covered by these roles.
Responsible for raising PhD student curriculum interests with the graduate committee and the department chair.
Responsible for structured grad student involvement in faculty hiring, including feedback on candidates.
Aggregates the issues of first years and works with other ministers to address them and funnel the institutional knowledge to the newest members of our community.
Responsible for advocating for students in the department who identify as female/gender-nonconforming, underrepresented minority, LGBTQ+ or have a disability, both within the department & outside the department, and for connecting students to identity-affirming communities or affinity groups on campus.
Represent graduate students in the department’s facilities (Space and Computing) committees, which deal with allocating budget for office furniture, ergonomic hardware, and determining the specifications of new machines, monitors, etc.
Represent and advocate for international graduate students in the department. Responsible for providing information for international students, identifying problems that international students face, and raising things to the department if needed.
Responsible for promoting awareness and support of mental, physical, and professional (e.g., relationships with peers/advisors, remote communication) forms of well-being for PhD students. Responsibilities include informing about UChicago Student Wellness services and relevant well-being events on campus, decreasing the stigma around using counseling services and advocating for physical health accommodations, and sharing other appropriate resources to mental and physical health.
These roles help increase both social and research interaction within the department.
Responsible for organizing weekly tea, coffee, and snack time when grad students can easily hang out with each other.
Responsible for keeping a sense of community in the department by organizing social events.
Responsible for organizing the student seminar.
The following independent bodies also represent student voices in varying capacities. The ministry includes them in communications and decision-making.
The Deans’ Student Advisory Committee (DSAC) brings together representatives from all departments in the Physical Sciences Division twice a quarter to discuss division-wide and university-wide issues. We get two reps for Computer Science:
Graduate Women in Computer Science (GWiCS) is an organization that builds a community of support for female-identifying graduate students in the Computer Science department. Our activities include monthly Sounding Board Socials, recruitment, and advocacy. GWiCS is also part of the Women in Graduate Science organization within the Physical Sciences Division. Current chairs are:
Visit The Ministry webpage for more information.