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US Department of Energy Provides Almost $3M to use AI to Improve Inertial Fusion Energy Generation

September 13, 2023

Nuclear fusion has the potential to revolutionize power generation throughout the world as a source ...

Alumnus Caleb Wohn Receives CSGrad4US Graduate Fellowship

September 5, 2023

Caleb Wohn ‘22 receives 2023 CSGrad4US Graduate Fellowship.

Alumnus Bill Bolosky Receives USENIX Test of Time Award

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Our undergraduate program has grown significantly since our first 10 bachelor degrees were conferred in 1996. Fast forward to 2019 when we graduated 134 students. Follow our journey through the years.

Some of our alumni have been working hard to make their start-up dreams come true. Read about their stories of entrepreneurship.

Our computer science graduate students are involved in a wide variety of research and activities. Learn about their experiences at the University of Rochester on our graduate student profiles page.

Our computer science alumni are a diverse and accomplished group of people who have gone on to pursue their own unique paths in life. Learn about their journeys on our alumni profiles page.

URCS was founded as a PhD-only department in 1974. The first degrees were awarded in 1980. The department typically admits 10–12 PhD students each fall, and graduates about 7 every year.

Computer science major Sammy Potter ’25 interacts with SAPIEN, an avatar built by the team in the Rochester Human-Computer Interaction lab.

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Lab experience your first year in college? Yes.

With faculty and graduate student mentorship, undergraduate researchers thrive in the Rochester Human-Computer Interaction lab.

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Diversity in Computer Science

At Rochester, we are committed to building a community that encourages women and underrepresented minorities to pursue studies in computer science. This effort has been energized by our participation in the BRAID initiative (Building, Recruiting, And Inclusion for Diversity).

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Computer science is a broad and in-demand field, influencing areas like health, entertainment, and big data.

At the University of Rochester, our emphasis on cross-collaboration and elite undergraduate and graduate programs prepares our students for industry, research, and academic positions.

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Study of headlines shows media bias is growing

A team from the Department of Computer Science used machine learning to analyze publications across the political spectrum.

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CAREER awards recognize promising junior faculty

Four Rochester scientists have received prestigious NSF CAREER awards, presented to early-career faculty members for research and education initiatives.

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Two blue- and yellow-colored robots work at a laptop to illustrate the concept of ai chatbots like chatgpt affecting higher education.

How will AI chatbots like ChatGPT affect higher education?

University administrators and faculty weigh in on the pros and cons of the newest online learning tool.

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Mujdat Cetin, the Robin and Tim Wentworth Director of the Goergen Institute for Data Science.

Seed funding reflects how data science, AR/VR transform research at Rochester

The University’s Goergen Institute for Data Science supports collaborative projects across all disciplines.

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These students thrive where STEM, humanities intersect

The Wells Award recognizes engineering students who excel in humanistic disciplines.

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Clockwise from top left, Rochester researchers Ralf Haefner, Sreepathi Pai, Ross Maddox, Thomas Howard, Andrea Pickel, and Jessica Shang are this year's recipients of the National Science Foundation's CAREER Awards.

CAREER awards recognize role models in research, education

Six Rochester researchers have received the National Science Foundation’s most esteemed recognition for early-career faculty members.

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