- Horatiu Halmaghi (MA student in DISE)
- Lis Sulmont (MSc student in CS)
- Jess Quynh Tran (BSc student in CS)
- Eric Mayhew (BEd student in DISE, then BSc student in CS)
- Michelle Lin (BSc student in CS)
- Yuan Stevens
- Pierre Theo Klein (BSc student in Cogsci — now at Google)
I am accepting graduate students and undergraduates interested in sociological, anthropological, historical and psychological approaches to understanding computer science as a social/human activity. (Note: I am at capacity for summer 2019, but am accepting students for terms thereafter.)
Areas I’m particularly interested in: computer science education, sociology of computer science, science and technology studies, and gender/disability/queer/post-colonial studies.
Please note that while I am interested in software engineering and human-computer interaction, I do not advise projects on building computational tools.
I have a general policy of only accepting students who regularly attend one or both of the two reading groups associated with the research group. This is the best way to get involved in my reserach group and acquainted with the team.
If you find it a valuable experience after attending more than once, let me know and we’ll find time to talk!
If you cannot attend one of the reading groups, see below. In your email, explain why you can’t attend reading group.
Send me an email telling me what topic(s) you are interested in studying.
I am looking for something much more specific than “computer science education” or “human-computer education” — what questions/issues are you personally interested in tackling?
Please describe what research experience you have (if any), what teaching experience you have (if any), and what writing experience you have. Research involves a lot of reading and writing so I am looking for students with strong communication skills in English.
I do not care about your GPA because I don’t consider it a useful indicator of aptitude for research. I do care about why you’re motivated to study with me! What are your long term goals? Why are you emailing me specifically? Your email should make these clear.
Your email should contain the word “penguin” somewhere in the top, so I can tell you took the time to do your research and read this page!
Some useful resources for potential students:
- Applying to PhD programmes in computer science (Note: this is written for a US audience. In Canada, a Master’s degree is more like the first two years of a US PhD programme. This document is relevant to potential MA/MSc students.)
- Emailing future PhD advisors
- HOWTO: Apply for and get into grad school: Tips, tricks, hints and mistakes
- FAQ on CS education research which includes a list of all the ~60 professors in the world who advise CS education PhDs, since we’re a small field :)