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  • field is being used for creating static contents. --> Department of Computer Science, Columbia University | Select a track
    Wiki Copyright FAQ Quick Links Data Science Institute IGERT From Data to Solutions ASCENT Program Faculty Job Opportunities Select a track New students are required to select a track within the first two weeks of the semester To select your track go to the Students menu and click on Change My Track When you select a track your track advisor will be automatically assigned to you When there are multiple

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    may waive a required track course if you have taken an equivalent course in the past and if you received a B or better To apply for a course waiver go to the Students menu and click on Course Imports Please complete this form and click on Update Only Then you will see the following page From this page you can upload your supporting documents After you upload the documents

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    Resources A to Z Adjunct Teaching Computing Jobs Technical Reports Webmail Directions Wiki Copyright FAQ Quick Links Data Science Institute IGERT From Data to Solutions ASCENT Program Faculty Job Opportunities MICE M S Program Manual Soon after you are a student in the Computer Science Department a MICE account is set up for you You can log in and update your personal profile and course information Once your account is

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    to your candidacy exam by next Black Friday might be placed into the letters of every 5th semester student The third possibility is that your advisor thinks you can do it early So if that particular milestone is not yet due for you you will have to consult your advisor to find out what he she has in mind If in doubt the best bet is always to consult your advisor and possibly your secondary advisor But of course you should meet with your advisor as soon as possible after every Black Friday meeting to discuss your progress even when your letter says nothing other than satisfactory progress My letter said something like The faculty expects you to complete your some milestone by some date What does this mean This is the mildest possible level of concern The expects clause may mean that you are a semester behind on achieving that milestone or perhaps you are not yet behind technically but there is some doubt regarding your motivation towards fulfilling the milestone on time You should give high priority to completing that milestone by the specified date However such dates are rarely cast in stone except for breadth requirement exams and courses which are only given at certain times in all other cases a week or two later probably isn t going to matter much but it might not be wise to let it go a month Some of the more senior students may recall when expects was used interchangeably with looking forward to and meant the same as the latter The faculty has tried to differentiate these two phrases in recent years but it is not impossible that the expects phrase might still be used occasionally in the deprecated sense As always if in doubt consult your advisor and or your secondary advisor My letter said something like The faculty requires you to complete your some milestone s by some date s What does this mean In most but not all cases a requires phrase is accompanied by another sentence such as If you do not you may be placed on probation If the letter says you have already been placed on probation see below There may also be further details regarding the milestone s such as a suggestion that you should take the corresponding course rather than attempt that problematic comp exam for the fifth time This kind of letter is intended to express a very serious level of concern Usually the milestone was due two or more semesters ago and or more than one milestone is past due and or the faculty feels an immense urge to remind you to attend to your doctoral degree as opposed to outside consulting avid gaming overenthusiastic community service or whatever else you spend too much time on rather than working on your research and other doctoral program milestones You should give highest priority to completing the specified milestone s by the specified date s and in any case meet with

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  • field is being used for creating static contents. --> Department of Computer Science, Columbia University | Graduate Program FAQ
    research Faculty members of the Department of Computer Science are engaged in experimental and theoretical research in most of the fields in which courses are offered The degree of Doctor of Philosophy requires a dissertation based on the candidate s original research which is supervised by a faculty member What is the ALP and do I have to take the test Admitted M S students who are required to submit official TOEFL results must attain level 8 on the English Placement Test EPT offered by Columbia s American Language Program ALP Admitted Ph D and Eng Sc D students who are required to submit official TOEFL results must attain level 10 on the EPT Students will not be cleared for graduation unless they satisfy this requirement The EPT must be taken at Orientation the fee for this administration of the exam will be covered by SEAS A student who misses this administration of the EPT must take the exam at his or her own expense at the beginning of the first semester enrolled and submit the official score to the SEAS Graduate Student Services Office CVN students are exempt from the EPT A student who does not pass the EPT at the required level of proficiency must retake it at his or her own expense until the required level of proficiency is achieved The ALP may regulate how often the examination is taken It is strongly recommended that students enroll in an appropriate ALP course if they have not achieved the required proficiency after the first examination For more information on the administration of the EPT please contact the SEAS Graduate Student Services Office According to my grade record on Student Services Online I am missing a grade or a grade is incorrect for one of my courses How can I fix this Inform the instructor of the course of the problem and if they approve the change request that they fill out a Change of Grade form Once this has been processed through the Registrar your student record will be updated How can I find out about job postings and employer recruitment events CS related job ads are posted on MICE and you can sign up for the email list to get each new posting Also visit the Columbia Center for Career Education to get info regarding recruitment events employers and career counseling Job and recruitment event postings are periodically forwarded via the departmental email lists How do I find out about departmental lectures seminars and presentations Announcements are posted on the M S students email list If you think you are not on this list please contact CS Student Services How do I apply to extend an I 20 Visa The ISSO International Students and Scholars Organization is the resource for VISA questions The Department of Computer Science refers international students to the ISSO for final answers on all related matters It is possible to extend your F 1 STATUS by processing a new I 20 and updating

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  • field is being used for creating static contents. --> Department of Computer Science, Columbia University | Current Students
    the doctoral program If you are considering taking a course at the 3000 level or below discuss this first with both your advisor both research and departmental advisors if different and the PhD Chair before registering If you are considering a 4000 level or above course that is not offered by or cross listed by the Department of Computer Science you must have the prior permission of your advisor and it would also be wise to ask the PhD Chair in advance if the intended course will count for the breadth requirement The remainder of the 15 points beyond the up to 6 9 points of regular graduate level lecture courses per semester should be registered in COMS E9911 Graduate Research II Although some versions of the bulletin may state a maximum of 12 points in E9911 per semester you can in fact register for up to 15 points in E9911 each semester with usually a maximum of 15 points total across regular lecture courses and E9911 Contact the Doctoral Program Administrator if you run into any difficulties registering for 15 points of COMS E9911 but keep in mind you may register for a maximum of 15 points total across E9911 and any courses Do not register for any of the undergraduate or graduate project courses COMS 3998 4901 6900 6901 6902 or analogous numbers in other departments since none of these count for doctoral students including MS PhD students Also do not register for COMS E9910 Graduate Research I which is intended only for certain terminal MS candidates although if you did so accidentally in the past it probably will still count towards the 30 points for the MS along the way COMS E9910 and E9911 credit cannot be used to fulfill any portion of the doctoral program breadth requirement Do summer courses count towards the core and or electives requirements If the course would qualify when offered during the academic year then yes the same course qualifies during the summer provided it is taught by a regular faculty member or adjunct However you and your advisor should recognize that additional tuition may have to be paid to take a summer course and it would almost certainly be less expensive to take the course during the academic year when you normally must be registered full time anyway Do CVN courses count towards the core and or electives requirements Taking a course on campus that happens to be concurrently offered by CVN taped as it happens qualifies Even taking the course through CVN off campus while that same instance of the course is being taped on campus may be acceptable under some circumstances although frowned upon However CVN re runs pretaped courses are not permitted for doctoral students There is however a loophole whereby CVN re runs taken prior to first enrolling for the doctoral program e g while enrolled as a special student or for the terminal MS would still qualify towards fulfilling the later doctoral requirements See the rules about CVN re runs here I plan to register for COMS W4xxx or E6yyy on a pass fail basis or for R credit Will it still count No All courses intended to be applied to the doctoral breadth requirements must be taken for a grade with a B treated as the minimum passing grade Further courses taken on a pass fail or R basis can not be applied to any SEAS graduate degree including the MS along the way and the DES Pass fail but not R courses are permitted by GSAS but not terribly germane since you need to register for residency or extended residency units in GSAS with course points optional or for M F where you can not register for any courses anyway However courses taken pass fail do count towards the points needed to maintain full time status which is required for all students appointed funded through the university and for foreign students It is not clear to this author whether or not R registration which means exactly that R designates registered for the course applies towards full time status Note that an IN incomplete grade may revert to an R if not fulfilled and changed to a letter grade by one year after the initial assignment of the IN grade or worse it may revert to an F I am taking COMS W4123 this semester but it does not show up in my record in mice Should I do anything It depends Mice imports data from the registrar s database about the courses our doctoral students are taking sometime during the middle of the semester If its still early in the semester just wait a bit If its getting near Black Friday then yes you should manually add the course to your record It will not hurt to manually add it in any case but if you think you are taking W4123 and the registrar doesn t your addition will most likely disappear when mice syncs up with the registrar s database later on I think I am taking COMS W4123 this semester and the registrar doesn t What should I do Does the instructor of COMS W4123 think you are taking the course If not better get that straightened out first Then use the registrar s add drop form signed by the instructor and your departmental advisor or the PhD Chair to add the course If it is past add date ask the Doctoral Program Administrator for assistance I am taking COMS W4123 this semester and SSOL Student Services On Line shows that I am registered for the course I tried to add COMS W4123 to my mice record but its not in the drop down menu to choose from What do I do Send email to the Doctoral Program Administrator requesting that the course be added to the mice drop down list It would help to give the URL of the specific mice page with the menu you re concerned with I would like to take a EE or IEOR course Will that count towards my doctoral program electives Probably The course must be graduate level meaning numbered 4000 or above Your advisor both research and departmental advisors if different must approve that the course should count as an elective Once you obtain this approval you should add the course to your record in mice If the course is not already listed as one of the menu choices contact the Doctoral Program Administrator to ask that it be added to the list You will need to provide the course number from its bulletin entry e g ELEN E6789 the relevant semester e g Fall 2005 the full name of the course matching its bulletin entry e g Optimal Stochastic Multipartite Parabolemic Lightwave Signals and the name and email address of the instructor In order for the course to actually count towards your electives however you must receive a B or higher in the course with at least an A average across all courses treated as core or elective I would like to take a graduate course in Icelandic Poetry Will that count towards my doctoral program electives Probably not unless Icelandic Poetry is very strongly related to your doctoral research e g funded by a NATO NLP grant Your departmental advisor must approve the course as an elective and also be willing and able to justify this approval to the full faculty if asked and someone will certainly ask at the next Black Friday when your mice record including all classes taken is displayed on the huge screen at the front of the room However if your registration permits you to enroll in courses points in SEAS or RU or ER in GSAS you can still take the course for fun Better make sure this is ok with your advisor though since he she may have in mind other things for you to spend your time on See the policy on outside activities I ve heard it may be possible to import courses that I took in a previous degree program What do I need to do You are permitted to import courses from previous institutions in lieu of one or more in some cases up to all 5 see below doctoral program electives These must be conventional lecture courses not seminars projects or exams and equivalent to 4000 or 6000 level 3 point lecture courses at Columbia Only courses offered by a Computer Science or equivalent department qualify e g Computer and Information Science and Engineering might be ok but probably not Electrical Engineering unless it has a well known strong Computer Science contingent that just hasn t gotten around to splitting its own department yet The minimum grade is B that is you cannot import any courses in which your grade was lower than B It is important to realize that you do not however receive any Columbia University credit for the imported course this only counts towards fulfilling the doctoral breadth requirement The official import policy is stated here You need to find out who is the instructor in charge of the course that you wish to substitute or the most relevant faculty member if there is no clearcut corresponding course When in doubt contact the PhD Chair for guidance You will typically be asked to supply that faculty member s with your prior course s bulletin description and syllabus a pointer to the course website if any the title and author of the textbook s used and chapter s covered or a reading list if articles were used possibly also your own exams assignments projects etc All of these must be in English or validated English translation You must also be prepared to show your transcript indicating the grade and credit awarded in the course The faculty may in some cases contact your former institution s to inquire further about the course and your work in that course or give you a pop quiz on the material they deem most significant Under what circumstances can I indeed import all five of my breadth requirement electives from another institution All students who entered directly to GSAS with a prior master s degree can import all five electives presuming the imported courses meet all other requirements of course Students who initially enroll in the MS PhD program in SEAS without a prior master s degree will need to take at least one or two of the breadth electives here at Columbia This is because you need six 6 breadth requirement courses or exams taken here at Columbia imports do not count to complete your MS However the requirements for MS PhD completion are different for students who first enrolled prior to Fall 2008 I originally enrolled as an MS student and 4115 or 4118 4231 4701 4824 was waived under special considerations Why doesn t this count towards the PhD program The entire doctoral program core must be taken here at Columbia The courses may be taken prior to enrolling for the doctoral program but they must be taken here The MS program does not have such strict requirements not surprisingly since its a lesser degree How do I import courses taken while previously an undergraduate or MS student here at Columbia You do not need to import such courses All graduate lecture courses taken in the Department of Computer Science at Columbia prior to formal enrollment in the PhD DES or MS PhD program automatically qualify for the breadth requirement provided that the grade received was B or higher averaging at least A across breadth requirement courses Further appropriate non CS courses approved by your advisor your doctoral advisor s that is not your registration advisor for some prior degree also qualify automatically you do not need to import them It is quite likely in the non CS case that the course will not automatically appear in your mice record however so see the discussion above regarding current non CS courses as to what to do to add these courses to your mice record In any of these cases these points usually do not count towards the 30 required for the MS along the way there may be an exception for students who did not need these points for their prior undergraduate degree here contact the Doctoral Program Administrator for assistance if this applies to you What are comps Exams and or courses fulfilling the doctoral breadth requirement are often referred to as comprehensives or comps for historical reasons Most frequently the term refers specifically to the exams as opposed to the courses Every core topic offers a comp exam near the end of every semester A very few elective topics offer a corresponding comp exam some but not necessarily all terms also near the end of the term Additional information is available here What materials are available to help me study for comps A syllabus is posted for every comp exam usually within a week or so after the first faculty meeting of the relevant semester In most cases the comp exam syllabus is the same as the syllabus for the correponding course that semester if the course is not offered that semester then the syllabus from the most recent offering of the course is normally used In rare cases a different syllabus is defined specifically for the comp exam In that case the syllabus will be linked to from the doctoral program website and may also be obtained from the Doctoral Program Administrator Supplementary materials may or may not be posted at the discretion of the faculty member offering the comp exam that semester Some instructors may provide e g via a link from their website copies of old comp exams possibly but not necessarily including answers as well as questions the same materials available to students taking the corresponding course etc but they are not required to do so I have outside funding Why am I required to be a TA The department requires every doctoral student to fulfill two teaching units independent of funding source The teaching requirement is founded on both pedagogical and financial bases You are free to waive the corresponding one semester TA appointment that is the funding but you cannot waive the mandatory teaching units Additional information about PhD TAs such as how to apply for a position can be found on the taczar website I already taught or TA d while enrolled as an undergraduate or masters student here at Columbia in the Computer Science department Does that fulfill the doctoral teaching requirement Maybe It depends on whether you were funded as a grader small stipend or as a teaching fellow tuition remission plus slightly larger small stipend Most undergraduate or MS students called TAs are considered by the university to be graders and they are funded on the casual payroll rather than as appointed TAs Their duties are often substantially different than doctoral students fulfilling the teaching requirement However those very few MS students who are funded as appointed TAs also known as MS teaching fellows should be assigned approximately the same kinds of duties as PhD TAs and in this very specific case yes any teaching units accumulated while an MS student will indeed apply to the doctoral teaching requirement should the student later enroll in the doctoral program However you must explicitly import these teaching units during your first semester enrolled in the doctoral program by adding them to your record in mice I completed the doctoral teaching requirement as an MS Teaching Fellow I heard that PhD Students are funded by the department during the semester they complete their last TA Unit When will I get my funding from the department You already did you received departmental funding as as appointed TA during the semester s you were an MS Teaching Fellow I already taught for 15 years as a full Professor at the Frobozz Institute of Technology prior to enrolling in the doctoral program here Its seems that any pedagogical basis for a teaching requirement would have already been fulfilled Why do I need to teach or TA again Teaching or TAing elsewhere does not count as stated here We are unable to evaluate teaching or TAing activities at other institutions Further presumably your teaching at Frobozz was in some field other than Computer Science or a strongly related field otherwise it is unlikely that you would now be seeking a doctorate in Computer Science The pedagogical basis for the requirement is concerned specifically with instruction in Computer Science Note also that the teaching or TAing work must have been done during the academic year not summer in a regular on campus course not CVN pre taped as well as in the Computer Science department at Columbia University not in some other field not at some other institution and thus would be under the supervision of the regular Computer Science department faculty What is a candidacy exam The candidacy exam is essentially an oral exam in your research area normally scheduled for a two 2 hour block of time It begins with a 30 minute presentation by you the student describing your own organization and critical assessment of the literature from a predefined syllabus see below pertaining to your area that is the likely area of your future thesis topic The presentation part should not be interrupted by questions except for points of clarification The presentation is then followed by up to 90 minutes of questioning by your candidacy exam committee The questions normally seek to evaluate the breadth and depth of your understanding of the material from the syllabus but may in some cases also examine the relationship between that material and other topics or work that was omitted from the syllabus but should be familiar to anyone conducting doctoral research in the area Following the question period the committee deliberates privately usually for about 15 minutes to decide whether you passed or failed

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    seek your input Your defense committee must consist of exactly five 5 members that collectively fulfill the GSAS requirements for defense committees Four six seven etc members are not permitted Normally three of these members are faculty members holding budgeted or courtesy dual appointments of professorial rank in the CS department In rare cases four or five can be CS department faculty but in that case the others beyond in inside three must conduct research far outside your field of specialization to qualify as outside members GSAS requires that you include a written statement with your defense application explaining how each such outside examiner s field differs substantially from your field The remaining members of your defense committee are chosen from other Columbia departments institutes and centers from other universities and or from industry or government You need to obtain the CVs of any outside examiners not already holding Columbia appointments for submission to the GSAS Dissertation Office Special note Research scientists in CS affiliated centers or institutes at Columbia or even employed outside Columbia are automatically treated as inside members if they hold a courtesy or adjunct appointment in the CS department and thus cannot serve as outside members At least three 3 members of the committee which might be either CS faculty or faculty from other Columbia departments must be members of the GSAS Faculty CS department faculty are not necessarily automatically GSAS faculty they must be nominated by the Department Chair However it is safe to assume that all tenured or tenure track budgeted CS faculty have already been nominated or will be nominated when the need arises One of the committee members normally your advisor is the sponsor of the dissertation in some cases there may be two co sponsors such as when you have two co advisors or both a research advisor and a departmental advisor Another committee member is the chair of the defense committee One member of the defense committee should be tenured GSAS faculty as indicated here If your advisor is tenured but all your other inside members are not tenured your advisor will be the chair of the defense committee and another committee member will nominally be designated as your sponsor My defense has been tentatively scheduled with my committee now what do I do You must apply to hold your defense and all five committee members and the date time place of your defense must be approved by the GSAS Dissertation Office GSAS will not approve your application until after it has been informed of the date by which the dissertation was received by all committee members To apply for the defense you should fill out the Application for Dissertation Defense form available here The top part goes to the dissertation office and the bottom part goes to the Doctoral Program Administrator in the CS Department The copy submitted to the department is signed by the department chair and then forwarded to the dissertation office It is a good idea to check with the Doctoral Program Administrator two or three weeks after the submission that the application has been approved by the dissertation office Click here for further information Whom do I need to inform about the defense Besides the Doctoral Program Administrator the GSAS Dissertation Office and your committee it is customary but not required to post an announcement of your defense seminar a few days in advance to the CS department mailing list plus perhaps to any special group mailing lists relevant to your lab or topic Should I announce my defense to other doctoral students Yes by all means unless your advisor recommends otherwise It is extremely valuable for doctoral students of all levels including MS PhD as well as PhD and DES to witness and learn from the defenses of other students including but not limited to those fairly close to their own research area However be aware that student members of the audience are generally not permitted to ask questions and must leave at the end of the public seminar portion of the defense You may include the mailing list in your defense announcement although all doctoral students are automatically included if you announce your defense to the CS department mailing list If you would like to announce your defense to doctoral students or faculty in other departments e g EE IEOR and or Biomedical Informatics you should query members of those departments as to the appropriate mailing lists since these persons will most likely not be included in the CS department mailing list Is it permitted for one of the committee member to be present through web conferencing or must all five committee members be present in the defense room GSAS allows for at most one defense committee member to be entirely absent due to extreme circumstances but up to two committee members can participate remotely if one member cannot participate at all due to extreme circumstances then only one committee member can participate remotely See further information below note this contradicts the old information posted on the Dissertation Office website What forms paperwork should I bring with me to the defense A packet of forms is supplied by the GSAS Dissertation Office a few days before the defense The Doctoral Program Administrator will obtain the packet on your behalf but it is wise to check a couple of days before the defense that it has been actually picked up from the GSAS Dissertation Office You should pick up the blue folder from the doctoral program administrator a maximum of 30 minutes before the defense and bring it with you to the defense In the blue folder will be a Final Examination for PhD voting sheet that must be signed by your committee at the end of the defense and then returned to the Doctoral Program Administrator and thence to the GSAS Dissertation Office Make a photocopy before returning it The rest of the packet will consist of information and forms concerned with depositing

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  • Writing a Good Introduction
    interest and importance to the larger community Paragraph 2 What is the specific problem considered in this paper This paragraph narrows down the topic area of the paper In the first paragraph you have established general context and importance Here you establish specific context and background Paragraph 3 In this paper we show that This is the key paragraph in the intro you summarize in one paragraph what are the main contributions of your paper given the context you have established in paragraphs 1 and 2 What is the general approach taken Why are the specific results significant This paragraph must be really really good If you can t sell your work at a high level in a paragraph in the intro then you are in trouble As a reader or reviewer this is the paragraph that I always look for and read very carefully You should think about how to structure this one or two paragraph summary of what your paper is all about If there are two or three main results then you might consider itemizing them with bullets or in test e g First If the results fall broadly into two categories you can bring out that distinction here For example Our results are both theoretical and applied in nature two sentences follow one each on theory and application Paragraph 4 At a high level what are the differences in what you are doing and what others have done Keep this at a high level you can refer to a future section where specific details and differences will be given But it is important for the reader to know at a high level what is new about this work compared to other work in the area Paragraph 5 The remainder of this paper is structured as follows

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