Explore Computing Science Research Workshop

Supported by a Google Research exploreCSR 2023 award, and Simon Fraser University’s Big Data Hub (BDH), and Center for Educational Excellence (CEE), Computing Science Diversity Committee (CSDC) presents Explore Computing Science Research Workshop.

This three-day workshop is designed to introduce you to computer science research, connect you to research groups and resources, and answer your questions about computer science research as a career path. It is an opportunity to explore the world of Computer Science Research in a short period and meet experts from academia and industry. You can also get help with graduate school application and admission processes. 

Before the workshop (April 12, 2024, 12-1pm):
You can join an optional one-hour online introductory event on April 12, 2024, 12-1pm (Zoom) to ask your questions while you prepare for the workshop.

During the event (April 29 - May 1, 2024):

A three-day workshop will happen April 29 - May 1, 2024, 9am-4pm. During the workshop you will:

  • Hear from academic and industry experts
  • Practice computer science research through a small data-driven research problem
  • Discuss research pathways in academia and industry
  • Explore graduate admissions process and transition to graduate school life
  • Expand awareness of possible financial resources to support your research journey
  • Connect to Simon Fraser University Computer Science Research Professors interested in hiring graduate students

The rooms will be open 8:30am daily. The workshop sessions will happen 9 am -12 pm and 1 - 3:45 pm with brief rest breaks and a one-hour break for lunch. Break snacks, and a sandwich or a boxed lunch will be provided daily. 

After event:

  • Engage in a research project of your choice
  • Enter a small research competition
  • Be part of an online community
  • Learn about follow-up research opportunities
  • Connect to the right people to get help with your graduate application process

Important Dates:

  • Application Available: February 1, 2024
  • Application Deadline: March 15, 2024
  • Notification of Acceptance: April, 1 2024
  • Online Information Session: April 12, 2024, 12-1pm (optional)
  • Workshop: April 29 - May 1, 2024 (9am - 4pm daily)

Application Process:

You can apply by filling out this form: https://www.surveymonkey.ca/r/exploreCSR

Eligibility and Selection Criteria:

Undergraduate students from any discipline interested in exploring computer science research.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Do I need to be available in-person for the duration of the program?

Yes. The program is in-person only and you need to be available for the whole program.

Is the program remote or in-person?

The program is in-person only, but if you are not available to attend in person, you can apply to be a part of our online community (mailing list). This will not include the workshop content, but we will retain your contact information. We will then alert you to opportunities that arise and connect you with support that will aid you in exploring your research interests.

Do I need to be a CS major to apply?


No. We only require completion of at least one computer science or data science course (at SFU or elsewhere). The only other eligibility factor is your interest in Computer Science Research.

Do I need to identify as a woman to apply?

No. Any student interested in Computer Science Research is welcome to apply. Broadening participation and providing equitable access to Computer Science Research is one of the important goals of this workshop. Therefore, applicants identifying from a historically marginalized background (e.g., women, non-binary, Indigenous, etc.), will be given priority.