Like the Georgia Tech Graduate Student Government Association, the College of Computing’s Graduate Student Council (GSC) works on making the College a welcoming and stable environment for graduate students to work, live, play, and socialize.
The GSC works with School of Computer Science faculty to voice student interests and also helps organize social events for students to meet faculty regularly. GSC members also serve on a Travel Committee that provides funding for students to attend academic conferences and other events.
Don’t take our word for it…
I started in the CS Ph.D. program at Tech with an undergraduate degree in physics and with several years separating me from my previous research experience. Even so, before long I felt that I was doing valuable research work on topics for which I discovered strong interest.
The School of Computer Science puts a great deal of effort into making new graduate students feel at ease in their new environment. CS 7001, which serves as a sort of semester-long orientation for first-year Ph.D. students, was particularly helpful in answering all kinds of questions. There is an almost constant opportunity to attend various seminars and presentations, which exposes us to a variety of topics, not always closely related to our tentative area of focus. My advisors, as well as senior students I interact with, try to find the right balance between providing guidance and encouraging me to explore my own interests.
All first-year students in my group were placed in the same large lab room for the first semester; we were able to answer each other's questions, whether related to administrative issues or to computer science; we formed a mailing list through which we organized our own meetings and study groups; and we got to know each other as friends.
--Alexis Champsaur, CS Ph.D. student
From the moment I started at Georgia Tech, it became obvious that opportunities to work with people in my field—but outside of the School of Computer Science—would be abundant. In my first year alone I had the opportunity to work with doctoral candidates and Ph.D.’s at Oak Ridge Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratory, and Argonne National Laboratory, just to name a few. This can be a bit overwhelming at times, but my advisor and senior graduate students helped to ease my transition.
Georgia Tech has a host of interesting and diverse research projects that make it easy to stay motivated on some groundbreaking problem. My advisors often tell me that they are not really interested in doing tiny incremental research, but rather prefer large queries into new, unexplored areas. This mentality pervaded my entire first year and made me look forward to the challenge of becoming a larger contributing member to my research group.
--Erich Lohrmann, CS Ph.D. student