Sign up to meet with faculty about TA/RA positions at Orientation/Research Fair


Graduate Student RA/TA Preference Forms


Orientation Dates:

CS Graduate Student Orientation & Research Fair:  August 16th – Wednesday

The Graduate School Orientation:  August 17th – Thursday

International Student & Scholar Services:  August 18th, 2p-6pm – Friday

Orientation Slides – Posted soon

The Graduate Program 2017 Orientation – Prof. Jan Prins, DGS

Overview of CS Graduate Program Requirements – coming soon

Computer Services:  Overview of Services

Graduate & Professional Student Federation (GPSF) Introduction Presentation


CS Orientation & Research Fair – Sitterson Hall (011)

Orientation Schedule- More detailed agenda will be available at orientation

8:30 – Breakfast

9:00 – Welcome – Dept. overview – Introduction of faculty

9:45 – Information on RA/TA positions, Office Assignments, Stipends, Staff Introductions

10:15 – Employment & Payroll Information

10:30 – Computer Science Student Association (CSSA) & Graduate Women in CS (GWiCS)

10:45 – GPSF (Graduate & Professional Student Federation)

11:00 – Registration, Classes, Academic Requirements (slides: The Graduate Program 2017 Orientation, Dr. Jan Prins)

11:30 – Facilities Overview

12:00 – LUNCH (Pizza & Salads)

Research Fair Schedule of Events – Detailed schedule available at orientation

1:00 – Explanation of Faculty Appointments, Agenda, Process Procedure.

2:20 – COMP 991 (Reading & Research Course) – 5 minute presentation per presenting Instructors

3:00 – Research Presentations – 2 minute presentation per speaker


Sign up for meetings with faculty below:
Will be posted on the morning of orientation


Research Fair:

The Research Fair is an event where each research group and the teaching faculty who plan to hire graduate assistants give short oral presentations followed by research demonstrations.  Students are given the opportunity to engage in personal interviews with the various research groups or teaching faculty based solely on your interest in working with the groups or teaching faculty.  At the end of the event, the department administration asks you to submit your top five assistantship preferences while simultaneously asking the faculty to submit their top three preferred “hires”.  Job assignments are announced two-three days later.  The hiring tier is funded students and then non-funded students if any assignments are remaining.

Appointments with faculty and/or PI’s will be done via Doodle Pools.  Links will be posted here.

Adviser Assignments

Initial adviser assignments are made by The Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) making the best attempts to match student and adviser interests.  Keep in mind that these assignments are based on limited information and are not binding.

The advisers role is to provide advice on academic related issues and questions as well as to serve as contact points for alerting the student to academic progress milestones.  During the faculty’s review of student progress (which occurs each semester during a faculty meeting), the program adviser is called upon to describe the student’s progress and discuss any problems or delays in that progress.

Consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) is recommended in advance of a change of adviser for any reason other than designation of the research director as the program adviser.  Changes of adviser for that reason are completely normal and almost automatically approved.

Once students settle into their program and have gotten to know and work with different faculty members, you should feel free to request a change in faculty adviser.

To request a change of adviser, the student should send the request by e-mail to the student services manager ( with a copy to the DGS and involved faculty (old and new advisers).  Such requests are usually approved without comment, but factors such as faculty load sometimes intervene.

The DGS serves as the backup adviser for routine signatures if your program adviser is not available.

NOTE:  Notification of initial assignments will be emailed to each individual student before orientation


UNCOne Card

Once you are here on campus, please be sure to get an ID card at the UNC One Card Office located in the Student Stores.  The UNC One Card is the official identification card for students, faculty, and staff.  It functions as a meal card, library card, gym pass, and a whole lot more!

Access to the Building

The Sitterson/Fred Brooks Bldg is locked between the hours of 6pm and 7am and on weekends.  The only way to acces the building during these hours is a key card.  All Computer Science graduate students have been issued such a card.   See Jodie in FB 142 to pick up your building access card.

Transportation and Parking

Parking on campus is practically non-existent, but Chapel Hill has a great bus system, many park and ride lots, commuter incentives, pay lots and garages in and around town.  For more information on parking, the bus system, and commuter alternatives, please visit

The best way to get around Chapel Hill and Carrboro is the bus.  The Chapel Hill Transit buses within Chapel Hill and Carrboro are free and go to various locations throughout town as well as throughout campus.  Most apartment complex’s are on or near a busline.

Getting to and from Chapel Hill either from Durham or Raleigh is also very manageable.  The Triangle Transit Authority (TTA) serves Durham, RTP, and Raleigh.  Students can get a free monthly pass to ride the TTA when you register for the Commuter Alternative Program or CAP program.



CS Student Disclosure Agreement

Address/Emergency Contact Information


 For students with an RA or TA position:  In order to be eligible to work and receive a paycheck the following MUST be completed.


Instructions on how to Receive a Paycheck

Employee Information

Student Employee Certifications & Conditions of Appointment (COE)

NC-4 Withholding Allowance Certificate

W-4 Federal Withholding Allowance Certificate

Direct Deposit Authorization Form (required)

I-9 Verification – List of Acceptable Documents

Graduate Student Payroll Deduction Authorization Form (Optional)