Undergraduate Engagement

The University and the department offer a wide range of opportunities for Computer Science students. Students are encouraged to try new activities and get involved. These activities help students explore their interests, look great on resumes and graduate school applications, and provide important ways to learn about computer science and related fields. Many students are involved in multiple engagement opportunities during their undergraduate experience. The most popular opportunities include student group involvement, study abroad, research, internships and co-ops within computer science, and TA and tutoring positions for CSCI classes.

Employers and graduate schools typically like to see two or more engagement experiences on a students resume. Simply going to class and getting good grades isn't enough to be competitive for the top jobs and grad schools. Student involvement outside the classroom should start as early as freshman year.

Related Undergraduate Engagement Links

  • Student Groups - Get involved for networking, social events, and the opportunity to be a student leader
  • Study Abroad - Study abroad is very possible in computer science without having to delay your graduation
  • The UROP program -The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) offers stipends to full-time undergraduates for research or creative projects under the guidance of a faculty member
  • Co-Op Program - Procedures and application for the co-op program and affiliated CSCI 3970 course
  • TA Positions in CSCI - Apply for a position for next semester
  • Undergraduate TA Information - Handbook for applicants, new TAs, and returning TAs
  • ICPC Annual Regional Competition- The ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) is an annual multi-tiered competitive programming competition among the universities of the world. The contest is sponsored by IBM. The University of Minnesota is one of the host sites for the regional competition every November.