If you are a student interested in applying to the ERSP program, read the FAQ below.
Answers to the following questions can be found in the Syllabus:
- How much of a time/work commitment is this program? Equivalent to a 4 unit class or more?
- I am wondering what the lecture time would be next quarter. Also, just to make sure I understand this program correctly so we would spend the first quarter making a research proposal and start on the research in the remaining two quarters?
- I still want to know more details about the program, for example the class content that we're going to have from fall 2018 and the format of the research project like are we going to work together with people who have similar interests or work on our own.
- I was just wondering if it would fit into my course schedule for Fall 2018.
- What are we going to learn in the course?
- What exactly is CS research and what does the course entail?
Below are answers to some FAQ. Click on each question to find out the answers.
1. Diversity: One of the goals of ERSP is to support students who face challenges in their minority status in CS including: race/ethnicity, gender/gender identity, sexual orientation, first-generation college status, ability. Students in ERSP must demonstrate an awareness of the specific challenges faced by students from these populations, and express how their participation will help support and increase success of students from groups currently underrepresented in CS. However, you do not have to yourself be from a minority group to apply or to participate.
2. Motivation/Dedication: You must express why you are interested in exploring research in CS and in this program in particular.
3. Performance: You must meet minimum GPA standards (overall and within CS courses) to be selected. Usually the threshold is around a 3.3 (but it can vary from year to year).
3. I am interested but I'm already taking 17 units. I'm concerned that I would overload myself by joining this program.
5. I just joined the CS undergrad program and am entering my junior year. I don't have a lot of experience and honestly, don't have any clue as to what I'd want to do a research project on. That being said, I really want to do a project with CS since it sounds fun. Do we need to have a project idea beforehand or is this something that will be developed through the program?
6. I was wondering what would happen if the meetings conflicted with a class that I already signed up for.
7. I would like to know when the weekly meeting with faculty advisor will take place, and if the timing can be flexible.
9. In order to participate in this program I would have to drop a class, so I was just wondering when we would know whether or not we have been accepted.
10. My main concern with this program is how students would interact with the more complicated research groups. I am in already in a research group, and found the learning curve extremely steep to get involved due to the complexity of topics covered. I don't think most incoming second years would have the experience necessary to follow along in a group like this.
1. Faculty participating in the program scope a problem that is appropriate for students in their second year. While students are not expected to know *everything* that they need before they get started, with sufficient motivation they should be able to learn new knowledge and skills to complete their project.
2. Students have a quarter (sometimes more) to learn the knowledge and skills that they would need to carry out the work.
3. There is more support built into the program. Each team is supported by their peers (moral support of others in the same boat), two graduate students and one faculty for technical guidance. Most of the technical help will come from grad students who receive partial funding by the program.