Two-Day Workshop

Collaborative Problem Solving and Introduction to Research Careers in Computer Science


Female undergraduate students interested in computer science.


Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019. 4:30 – 7: 30 pm.
Tuesday, November 5th, 2019. 4:30 – 7: 30 pm.


This workshop will bring together female CS research faculty, alumni, graduate students, undergraduate students, and members of WiCS to explore careers in CS research, network, and socialize.  Each workshop will conclude with a collaborative problem solving competition aimed to strengthen participants problem solving skills and confidence. Prizes will be awarded and dinner will be provided.  


Exact Location TBD. But the workshop will take place on the UIC campus.



Application window closes October 11th at midnight.


Dr. Shanon Reckinger, shanon@uic.edu
Dept. of Computer Science




Do I need to be a CS major to apply?

No. The only requirement is that you have completed at least one computer science course (at UIC or elsewhere) and that you are interested in Computer Science.

Do I need to identify as a female to apply?

No. Anyone is welcome to apply. Due to the funding specifications, we will be selecting participants based on various priorities. The goal of this program is to contribute to broadening participation and access to Computer Science. Therefore, selection will prioritize under-represented groups, particularly female.


Do I need to be available for both workshops?

Yes. In order to participate, you must be able to commit to both days of the workshop. There will be a Fall and Spring program, so keep an eye out for future calls for participation.


I am nervous about competing and not confident with my problem solving skills, would I be a good fit?

Yes! The goal of the workshop is strengthen problem solving skills and confidence. The competitions are designed to be welcoming and collaborative. It is always a little nerve wrecking trying something new, but please do trust us. It will be fun, empowering, and rewarding.

I don’t know what research in computer science is all about, would I be a good fit?

Yes! The workshop aims to introduce careers in computer science research to undergraduate students. We are assuming that this is all new to you!


eCSR Workshop Flyer.

eCSR Workshop Flyer.