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CS 793 is a research seminar in which graduate students attend research group meetings for specific research areas within the Department of Computer Science, and work one-on-one with a faculty member to conduct research in a specific area of computer science. Students will conduct independent research on a topic chosen in consultation with the instructing faculty member, learning research methods and producing a peer-reviewed paper and research poster to be presented at a symposium at the end of the semester. Papers will be reviewed before presentation by at least two other individuals chosen in consultation with the student's instructor, and a panel of faculty will provide input on the quality of the research presented at the research symposium.

In each semester, the research groups participating in CS 793 will be listed as on this website along with the faculty responsible in each case. Students enrolled in CS 793 must take responsibility for contacting one of these groups and then following the specific instructions offered.


CS793 is the Research Seminar in Computer Science. It is open to graduate students in computer science with the permission of their advisor. In many cases, CS793 meetings also serve as research group meetings for faculty members and their students. As a result, many student may attend CS793 without registering for it as a course. The information below only applies to students who are taking CS793 for credit.

The goal of CS793 is to impart research skills within particular sub-areas of computer science using tutorial methods. As a result, different faculty members may run their seminars differently from each other. Students should check with their advisor in regard to the details of how any particular section of CS793 will be run.


The goals of this course are that students should learn to:


As part of CS793, students must write a paper suitable for publication at a conference. (There is no requirement that the paper be submitted or accepted to any conference.) The advising faculty member should arrange for the paper to be reviewed by at least two other people.

Students must also make a poster and give a presentation at the department 793 symposium at the end of the semester. (The date of the symposium is TBD.) Posters and presentations will be judged by members of the graduate program committee. However, it is the advising faculty member who will assign the final grade for the course.

To satisfy requirements toward the Ph.D. or M.S. degrees, students must earn a letter grade of 'B' or higher in CS793. Note that CS793 cannot be counted toward an M.C.S. degree.