CSE-PACE Cohorts
In CSE-PACE Cohorts you will...
  • Connect with new friends
  • Think about big ideas in computing over free food
  • Get insider tips on classes and campus
What are Peer-led Academic Cohort Experiences?

Q: What will I do in a CSE-PACE session?
A typical session will have each 8-10 person cohort and their lead peer mentor talk about a video/ news article related to the cohort theme, do an activity on campus, or try out something you're using in your classes.

Q: Will I get credit?
We encourage students participating in CSE-PACE to add CSE 91 to their schedule so that they can earn course credits as part of participation in the program.

Q: How do I join?
You can come by CSE (EBU3b) 4140 during a cohort time in Fall quarter and we'll help you get set up. To let us know you're interested ahead of time, fill out the registration form and add CSE 91 to your class schedule.

  1. In order to give priority to 1st-year CSE students in cohorts, we've set it up so everyone enrolls through the waitlist and then we admit people from there. So enrolling via the waitlist is just the right thing to do!
  2. You should pick one of the three times (Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday) to attend CSE-PACE, not all three. You will pick this by adding the corresponding lecture section when you enroll. Discussion section is optional for this class, it's okay if you can't attend.

First-year CSE students are organized into cohorts led by an experienced CSE undergraduate tutor.

Meet the team!

Join our weekly hour-long sessions to talk about CSE courses and the impacts of cutting-edge computing topics over free food.

CSE-PACE is free, designed for all first-year computing students, and runs for the entire academic year.

Earn 2 units of credit for participation by enrolling in CSE 91: Perspectives in CSE during Fall quarter. Priority enrollment to CSE majors. Discussion attendance is optional; don't worry about scheduling conflicts between the CSE 91 Discussion time and your other classes.

Register first to help us make groups ahead of time. Or, if you just show up in CSE 4140 on Monday at 11:30, Tuesday at 11, or Wednesday at 3:30 during the first 3 weeks of the quarter we'll help you get started!

Have more questions? Contact us at pace@ucsd.edu


Alessia Welch

Alessia is a second year Computer Science Major who enjoys ice skating, spending time with friends, and exploring San Diego!

Andrew Oabel

Andrew is a 3rd year computer science major and linguistics minor who enjoys teaching, gaming, and sleeping.

Audria Saravi

Hi, I'm Audria :) I'm Peruvian, Christian, and a 3rd year Bioinformatics Revelle student, who skateboards a bit, enjoys being silly and loves bonding with others.

Bryan Min

Bryan is a fourth year Computer Science student who enjoys playing tennis, taking photos, and trying new food!

Emily Ekaireb

Emily is a fourth year computer engineering major from Muir who loves surfing, skating, and swimming.

Galen Han

Galen is a third year CS major in Sixth who enjoys taking walks, playing his uke, and games.

Ginger Smith

I'm a second year CS major in ERC, I'm minoring in French and I'm excited to support you in your journey of learning about computer science!

Laurence D'Ercole

Laurence is a fourth year Computer Science major and Cognitive Science minor who enjoys playing soccer, surfing, and going on adventures!!

Nitya Agarwal

Nitya is a third year majoring in Computer Engineering and minoring in Business Economics that tries to find time to cook new recipes and explore hiking trails.

Yuan Gao

Yuan is a second-year CS student in Sixth College. who loves interacting with people from different backgrounds, and can't wait to meet you!

Niha Bhaskar

Niha is a Masters Computer Science student who enjoys roller skating, teaching yoga, visiting National Parks, and is a student lead on the CSE DEI Committee.

Dr. Amari N. Lewis

Welcome to UCSD & CSE-PACE!! Feel free to stop by my office on the 4th floor (right accross from 4140) to chat about computer science research, how to get internships, or if you'd like some additional mentorship.

Dr. Joe Politz

Hello and welcome! Come visit my office on the third floor to talk about programming, San Diego, and dogs. You can find me posting puns, dog pictures, tech discussion and more on Twitter.

Dr. Kristen Vaccaro

Welcome to UCSD! You can find me on the third floor at the end of the hall (3226, there's also a nice lounge outside) where I'm happy to chat about social computing, UX, and design!

Dr. Mia Minnes

Welcome to UC San Diego! Come by my office on the fourth floor and check out colourful whiteboard markers, cool origami, and a view of our CSE Stone Bear mascot.

Directions: go to the CSE building, take an elevator to the 4th floor. There are two hallways directly across from the elevators, go down the one on the left. Go all the way to the end to a lobby seating area. There is a door for room 4140 off of the lobby on the left-hand side.
Discussion Starters

Some CSE-PACE discussions are directly related to your CSE courses, and others draw from news stories or videos about cutting-edge topics in computing. Here are a few examples of conversation starters for our sessions.

How is artificial intelligence (mis)used?
"Machine Bias - There's software used across the country to predict future criminals. And it's biased against blacks." [Magazine article]
"Busting Anti-Queer Bias in Text Prediction" [USC news story]
"TED Talk: How I'm fighting Bias in Algorithms" [TED Talk]
"how to stop Artificial Intelligence from marginalizing communities?" [TEDx talk]
Can computing destroy / save our planet and our communities?
"The power of bugs" [UCSD news story]
"Computing as a teammate in healthcare" [UCSD researcher video profile]
"Cryptomining Capacity in U.S. Rivals Energy Use of Houston" [New York Times article]
"Tossed aside in the "white gold" rush- indigenous people are left poor as tech world takes lithium from under their feet" [Washington Post article]
"Bluetooth Signals Can be Used to Identify and Track Smartphones" [UCSD news story]
"Improving Internet Security" [UCSD researcher video profile]
What would computing for all look like?
"Why I Want my Voice Assistant to Speak Spanglish" [TEDx Talk]
"Nike FlyEase" [Product line feature]
"Lady Boss: Black Tech Founders" [Podcast episode]
"Black in AI- researchers can't ignore social structure problems" [Magazine article]
"Women and Information Technology: By the Numbers" [Infographic]
"Grace Murray Hopper (1906-1992): A legacy of innovation and service" [Yale news story]
"Inclusive CS Examples" [UCSD Professor blog post]
"Introduction to: Anti-social computing" [Intro notes to Stanford course]