COMP_SCI 401: Introduction to Graduate Studies in Computer Science

Quarter Offered

Fall : 10-10:50 MWF ; Khuller & Hullman


CE & CS PhDs only


The course is an introduction to graduate studies in Computer Science at Northwestern organized for the incoming Ph.D. students. The class, held during the Fall quarter, meets twice a week for 50’ with the goal of preparing you to perform great research, regardless of area, and providing an overview of research areas in CS@NU through short presentations by CS faculty. It also offers an opportunity for CS students and faculty to get to know each other and learn the science, culture, values, and people that make CS@NU unique (Formerly Comp_Sci 496 and last offer was Fall 2021).

Some of the skills the course will teach you include:

  • How to read a research paper
  • How to review a research paper
  • How to write a research paper
  • How to generate ideas
  • How to give a good talk
  • How to be a great TA
INSTRUCTOR: Prof. Samir Khuller & Prof. Jessica Hullman