CSE-PACE Cohorts

Peer-led Academic Cohort Experiences

UC San Diego Computer Science and Engineering


First-year CSE students are organized into cohorts each led by an experienced CSE undergraduate mentor. Cohorts meet weekly to talk about CSE courses and the impacts of cutting-edge computing topics over free food. CSE-PACE is free to students, designed for all first-year computing students, and runs for the entire academic year.
Contact us at pace@ucsd.edu
Incoming students

100+ student participants


10 : 1 student-mentor ratio


Ready-to-use cohort activities


Coordinate with campus admissions + orientation leaders + student organizations + instructors of first-year classes.

Schedule as credit-bearing class for visibility when students register.

Multiple entry points to join and individualized checkins for participants.

Routinely analyze cohorts and coordinate with student advisors to broaden invitation pool.


Approx. $10 / student/ week cohort lunches

Approx. $6000 / lead peer mentor stipend

[[Per cohort: approximately $10000 a year]]

1 TA + 4 faculty teaching credits for leadership team

Advising and recruiting team

Resources and Publications
Coming soon:
Activity plans and scripts, mentor orientation and training material.
(Contact us for early access.)
Publications and Presentations related to CSE-PACE
"Comparing Student Social Networks and Academic Experiences in Computing and Biology Courses" Amari N. Lewis, Kristin Tenney, Kristen Vaccaro, Joe Gibbs Politz, Mia Minnes. 2023 Conference on Research in Equitable and Sustained Participation in Engineering, Computing, and Technology (RESPECT) Slides.
"Taking the Next Course: Facilitators and Barriers Reported by Computer Science Majors" Amari N. Lewis, Joe Gibbs Politz, Kristen Vaccaro, Mia Minnes. ASEE '23 permalink, https://drive.google.com/file/d/1C0bJVvTNRr8Zxr9lgzB2LA_oepkEdJme/, Slides.
"Taking The Next Steps Towards The Humanization of Computing & Engineering Education" Invited talk at: Uppsala Universitet June 8, 2023. Slides
"Lost in the crowd, rising above it, or somewhere in the middle?" Invited talk at: Illinois Computer Science Summer Teaching Workshop, June 5-6, 2023. Slides
"Learning about the Experiences of Chicano/Latino Students in a Large Undergraduate CS Program" Amari N. Lewis, Joe Gibbs Politz, Kristen Vaccaro, Mia Minnes. ITISCE '22 https://dl.acm.org/doi/abs/10.1145/3502718.3524780
"Making Visible and Modeling the Underrepresented: Teachers' Reflections on Their Role Modeling in Higher Education" Virginia Grande, Päivi Kinnunen, Anne-Kathrin Peters, Matthew Barr, Åsa Cajander, Mats Daniels, Amari N. Lewis, Mihaela Sabin, Matilde Sánchez-Peña, Neena Thota. ITISCE '22. https://dl.acm.org/doi/abs/10.1145/3502717.3532170 (abstract), https://doi.org/10.1145/3571785.3574122
Leadership Team
Founding Faculty
Dr. Amari N. Lewis
Dr. Mia Minnes
Dr. Joe Politz
Dr. Kristen Vaccaro
Advisory Board
Dr. Christine Alvarado, UC San Diego
Dr. Kathi Fisler, Brown University
Patrick Mallon, UC San Diego (2021-2022)
Dr. Heather Pon-Barry, Mount Holyoke College
Dr. Fiona McNeill, University of Edinburgh
Student Leadership
Niha Bhaskar (TA, 2022-2023)
Nitya Agarwal (Lead Peer Mentor, 2022-2023)
Laurence D'Ercole (Lead Peer Mentor, 2022-2023)
Emily Ekaireb (Lead Peer Mentor, 2022-2023)
Yuan Gao (Lead Peer Mentor, 2022-2023)
Galen Han (Lead Peer Mentor, 2022-2023)
Bryan Min (Lead Peer Mentor, 2022-2023)
Andrew Oabel (Lead Peer Mentor, 2022-2023)
Audria Saravi (Lead Peer Mentor, 2022-2023)
Ginger Smith (Lead Peer Mentor, 2022-2023)
Chase Stabler (Lead Peer Mentor, 2022-2023)
Alessia Welch (Lead Peer Mentor, 2022-2023)
Curriculum Development and Research
Yutong Chen
Rona Darabi
Joana Fang
Mingyang (Chimingyang) Huang
Jeannie Kim
Jingting Liu
Iman Malhi
Bryan Min
Malcolm (Jooahn) Park
Winnie She
Zelong (Alan) Wang
Jackson (Zhicheng) Wang
Hinn Zhang
Funding and Collaborations
UC San Diego Computer Science and Engineering Department
UC San Diego CSE DEI Committee
UC San Diego Council of Provosts
National Science Foundation, Grant CNS-2137928 (2021-2023)