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CSE Prospective Graduate Student Visit

Welcome! Our community of faculty, current graduate students, and staff are delighted that you are joining us for our introduction to to the PhD program in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan. 

We have created a special visit for you that will allow you to learn valuable information about our PhD program so that you can feel informed about the opportunities available at Michigan CSE. We are excited to share with you about the research, community, and student life that you can be a part of as a PhD student here. During your visit, you will have time to speak with our faculty and students, and to gain some insight into your potential future life as a PhD student in Ann Arbor.

The visit will take place March 21-23, 2024.

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2024 visit agenda

We invite you to participate in any or all of the events below. You’ll be provided with further details as the date gets closer. Please contact the CSE Graduate Programs Office with any questions at [email protected].

All times listed in Eastern Standard Time. Please check back shortly before or during your visit – activities and times are subject to change.

Thursday, March 21

3:00pm – 5:00pm
Welcome and Registration
Doubletree by Hilton Ann Arbor North Hotel

  • Upon arrival at the hotel, check in at the front desk, obtain your room key, and drop your luggage off in your room

5:00pm – 6:00pm
Welcome & Introduction to the CSE Ph.D. Program


  • Opening Remarks by CSE Chair, Prof. Michael Wellman
  • Welcome by CSE PhD Admissions Chair, Prof. Ron Dreslinski
  • CSE Research Highlights
    • Computer Engineering Lab – Prof. Reetuparna Das (5–7 min)
    • Artificial Intelligence Lab – Prof. Maggie Makar (5–7 min)
    • Theory of Computing Lab – Prof. Nikhil Bansal (5–7 min)
    • Systems Lab – Prof. Ang Chen (5–7 min)
    • Human-Centered Computing Lab – Prof. Alanson Sample (5–7 min)
    • Q&A

6:00pm – 8:00pm
Reception with CSE faculty


  • Enjoy learning more about the CSE faculty and their research

Friday, March 22

Bus Pickup

Hotel Lobby

9:00 – 9:30am

Bob and Betty Beyster Building
2260 Hayward Street

9:30 – 10:15am
Roundtable Discussion with Grad Chair
1005 Dow Building

  • Associate Chair for Graduate Studies, Emily Mower Provost

10:30 – 11:30am
Current Student Panel
1005 Dow Building

  • Prospective students will have the opportunity to ask questions and interact with current students in a private panel discussion.

11:30am – 12:30pm
Lunch with Poster and Demo Session

Tishman Hall, Bob and Betty Beyster Building

12:30 – 1:30pm
Community & Campus Resources Rotation/Scavenger Hunt

Students will learn more about campus and community resources available in and around CSE through brief but engaging sessions with organizations. Learn about what’s going on around CSE and Ann Arbor, get some of your questions answered about the community, and get cool CSE swag! It’s a scavenger hunt, so if you can find all the rooms and attend all the sessions, you’ll get some more of that sweet sweet swag to take home! 

  • DEI –  Learn more about CSE activities, challenges, and values related to climate, diversity, equity and inclusion (Meeting Location: 4941 BBB)
  • CSEG – Learn about the CSE Graduate Student Organization, its mission, and what they do to support students in the community (Meeting Location: Grad Student Lounge, 2nd floor of BBB)
  • VoiCSEs – Find out more about our newest CSE student org promoting and supporting the voices and experiences of students from all backgrounds (Meeting Location: 4901 BBB)
  • Destination Ann Arbor – Find out what Ann Arbor and the surrounding communities have to offer (Meeting Location: 3901 BBB)

1:30 – 4:00pm
One-on-one Meetings with CSE Faculty

Faculty Offices

2:00 – 4:00pm
VoiCSEs Social
3725 Beyster

4:00 – 5:00pm
Lab Events (Optional)
Students will have an opportunity to connect with faculty and current students from the lab.

  • AI Lab Event (Meeting Location: Tishman Hall – if you attend this event, please bring all your things with you, as you will go straight from this event to your Student Dinner)
  • CE Lab Event (Meeting Location: Tishman Hall)
  • HCC Lab Event (Meeting Location: 3912 BBB)
  • Theory Lab Event (Meeting Location: 3725 BBB)
  • Systems Lab Event (Meeting Location: 4901 BBB)

5:00pm – 5:45pm
Meet for Walking Tour of North Campus

Tishman Hall, Beyster Building

  • Students will meet with their Student Dinner groups to tour North Campus before heading straight to dinner (please take all your belongings with you)

6:30 – 8:30pm
Dinner with Current CSE Ph.D. Students

Assigned Locations

9:00pm onwards
Explore Downtown Ann Arbor or return to H

  • Complimentary bus running from Blake Transit Center (328 S. Fifth Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48104) to Double Tree by Hilton Ann Arbor North starting from 9:00pm until 12:00am.

Saturday, March 23

Check out of hotel by 11:00am

8:00am – 12:00pm

  • Complimentary bus service to Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW)

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