Things to do and know when you get here

This page is meant to be a comprehensive list of all the little things that first year students need to do when they arrive in order to get organized and to become a part of the community. It is broken down into general things that all students should do, as well as things that are specific to each area.

Some of these will be done for you automatically, but some will not, so it's your responsibility to make sure everything gets done. This page should help you do that.

  • The lounge committee manages a small not-for-profit snack bar in the grad lounge, for the convenience of the department. To get an account on the computer so that you can make purchases on credit, contact Matt Post. Bills are sent out on the 15th and last days of each month. If you can't login to the computer, it means your account has not yet been created, so email the Lounge Czar and bother him or her to create it. Snack items for sale are on the shelves in the grad lounge, in the refrigerator in the grad lounge, and on the top shelf of the graduate freezer in the kitchen. Please don't forget to pay.

  • We ask that you please maintain a positive balance on the lounge computer. This means that you never owe money to the lounge, but instead, the lounge owes you money.

  • Subscribe to relevant mailing lists:
    • AI students
      • CLS (Center for Language Sciences) is an inter-departmental group including researchers from Computer Science, Linguistics, Brain & Cognitive Sciences, Psychology, Philosophy, and others. As an AI researcher, you'll want to get on the CLS all email list to make sure you receive talk announcements and other information. To do this, email Kathy Korser (kcorser@bcs.rochester.edu).
      • Big Picture is the weekly talk given by and for AI researchers. Its low-volume talk announcement list is managed by majordomo. Instructions for subscribing can be found on the Big Picture seminar page.
    • Theory students
      • The theory grad students have a weekly seminar where they discuss their research or some cool topic that they encountered in their research. You can contact Ashwin Lall to sign up for the group mailing list. There is also the Theory Canal Series (a joint theory seminar with the theory community at RIT and theory enthusiasts in the area) that is usually on the first, third, and (when it exists) fifth Mondays of each month. You will probably be automatically signed up for this list (since it is hand-maintained) by virtue of being one of the select theory students wink
    • Systems students
      • You should be subscribed to the systems mailing list during one of the first few systems meetings (traditionally on Fridays). Michael Scott (scott@cs.rochester.edu) can add you if you are somehow missed.


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Topic revision: r5 - 2007-08-31 - MattPost
 
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