Comp 250: Seminar in Computer Science
The graduate handbook lists the following requirement for Ph.D. Students:
The Community/Residence Requirement: This requirement is
fulfilled by attending at least 50% of the weekly
departmental seminars in each of four semesters. This is
the minimal requirement it is hoped that most students
will attend a larger percentage of seminars for a longer
period of time. This requirement may be satisfied at any
semester and concurrently with the other requirements.
Consequently, each Ph.D. student is expected to enroll in the 1-credit Comp 250SCS for four semesters during the course of their degree program.
The regular weekly departmental seminar is held on Thursdays from 3:00-4:15pm in the J+R block in Halligan 102 and a typical semester has 14 weekly colloquia.
Therefore, each registered student needs to attend, sign the attendance sheet, and provide prompt feedback on 7 departmental colloquia (although we hope that folk will choose to attend more!):
With 24 hours after each colloquium that you attend, submit your feedback using
In some semesters, there are "special colloquia" on different days and at different times. The registered student is welcome to substitute any other colloquium listed in our official colloquium webpage in place of one in the standard Thursday 3pm slot.
Consult the list of colloquia for the current semester here: Current Semester Colloquium Schedule
The Colloquium Home Page is here -- click on the "Complete Listing" tab on the right for the pertinent semester: CS Colloquium Home Page
Students are responsible for attending and then providing thoughtful feedback within 24 hours using the Qualtrics
Survey for a minimum of 7 colloquia in a given semester.
A student who completes this satisfactorily will receive a grade of "Satisfactory".
If the student does so for 5 or 6 colloquia, the student will be given an "incomplete" and the opportunity to satisfy the incomplete within the first 6 weeks of the next semester to earn a "Satisfactory" grade.
Students who attend and provide feedback for 4 or fewer colloquiua will have the course expunged from their transcripts, and no part of their participation will count towards their community residence requirement.
Prof. Diane L. Souvaine, Director of Graduate Studies: email
Ms. CJ Cassidy, Graduate Program Coordinator: email )