Happy Tuesday!
We hope you're staying warm today! There are a ton of opportunities to check out this week, as well as some tips from CS instructor, Andy Kuemmel, about attending office hours.
Next week: Computer Sciences Student Org Fair
Date: February 2
Time: 1 - 4 PM
Location: CS Lobby
Hosted by: CS Advising

Mark your calendars for the CS Student Org Fair next week. Next week's newsletter will include a list of orgs participating.

If you are part of a CS Student Org and want to host a table, please fill out this form!
...and Things
Drop in Career Advising
Looking for career advising? Beth Karabin from L&S SuccessWorks will be holding weekly drop-in advising.

Date: Wednesdays throughout the semester (except spring break)
Time: 1 - 3:45 PM
Location: For the first few weeks, these will be held in Zoom. Starting February 14, Beth will be in the CS Advising space (4th floor of the 2nd tower of the CS Building)
Details: Scan the code to sign up for drop-ins
Access Computing Mentoring
AccessComputing, a National Science Foundation funded Broadening Participation in Computing Alliance, provides mentoring and funding for career development activities for students with disabilities in computing-related fields. This includes:

MENTORING: Through our online community, students and mentors discuss a variety of topics. It is a place to connect with others to share your successes, ask for suggestions regarding any issues that may arise for you related to your disability, education or employment, and to support other team members when they need help brainstorming solutions.

TUTORS: Struggling with a computing course? Please contact me about tutor support. Each term, AccessComputing can fund a limited number of tutors for project participants.
CONFERENCES: Interested in attending a conference related to computing, diversity, or professional development?  AccessComputing may be able to provide funding for travel, registration, or accessibility-related costs. We send many students each year to Grace Hopper and the Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing.
RESEARCH INTERNSHIPS: Every year AccessComputing funds students with disabilities to participate in the Computing Research Association's Distributed Research Experience for Undergraduates Program.
Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Summer Program
The REU is under the co-mentorship of Dr. Jessi Cisewski-Kehe (UW-Madison, Statistics) and Dr. Brittany Terese Fasy (Montana State, Computer Science & Mathematics). This REU will provide research experience for two undergraduates on statistical approaches to topological data analysis (TDA). Research projects will address challenges in working with complex data at the intersection of statistics, computer science, and mathematics with the possibility of applications, such as in astronomy.
The expected duration of the REU is 8 weeks, with an approximate start date of 1 June 2022. 
The REU includes a weekly stipend plus $2000 for sustenance allowance.
If you are interested in this position, please fill out the application linked below.
More information about our TDA research collaboration: https://comptag.github.io/topostat/
Job: NSF Center for Quantum Networks remote position
A remote position is available. Please check out the full job posting here.
Dates to keep in mind:
Jan 27, 2022 – Application deadline to email expression of interest as described above.
Jan 28, 2022 – Coding competition problem statement distributed among competing students.
Feb 6, 2022 – Codes and results due from competing students.
Feb 11, 2022 – Winning candidate will be announced.
Career Closet
Interview coming up? Internship starting soon? If you’re a student with financial need, we’ll hook you up with the professional attire you need to look and feel sharp. The SuccessWorks Career Closet gives students with financial need free professional and business casual attire for interviews, career fairs and the workplace.

The Career Closet is open Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
...and some more Things
CS Tip: Office Hours
"The first week of the semester is a great time to set up good habits and going to office hours is no exception. 
For your instructor, make a point to stop into their office hours early in the semester to introduce yourself. Instructors want to get to know their students, so be ready to have a five-minute conversation to tell them your story: why you are taking this course, what your goals are at UW and beyond, how you hope to grow this semester. Finally, ask them this one question: "What is the key thing that you recommend students do to be successful in this course?" This early-semester conversation will help immensely when you have your next conversation, whether it be about a problem you are having, an assignment, or advice. 
For TAs and peer mentors, use the first week of classes to go to as many different office hours as possible. Meet as many TAs and peer mentors you can and find out which ones you seem to communicate with the best. Make a note of the times these TAs have their office hours and mark these times in your weekly schedule. Doing this early on will make it much easier to get the help you need later in the semester.  These TAs and peer mentors have all been successful in their previous CS courses, so ask them this question: "What is one strategy that has made you successful in your CS courses?" Write down what they say and think about how you can incorporate that into your work this semester."
--Andy Kuemmel, CS Instructor
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Want to share your experience? Fill out our Student Spotlight form and share your experience with an internship, senior honors thesis, study abroad program, conference, etc.
Computer Sciences Undergraduate Program
cs.wisc.edu / advising@cs.wisc.edu