Northwestern University PhD Student Advisory Council (CSPAC)

Founded in the fall of 2017, CSPAC is a PhD student organization representing all PhD students in the Computer Science(CS), Technology and Social Behavior(TSB), and Computer Science + Learning Science (CS+LS) graduate programs at Northwestern University.

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Northwestern University Computer Science PhD Advisory Council

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The Computer Science PhD Advisory Council (CSPAC) has a two-fold mission:

We seek to foster a community among Computer Science PhD students (CSPhDs), defined as all PhD students at Northwestern University who take one of the Computer Science qualifying exams outlined in the Graduate Student Manual in order to advance to candidacy in their degree. To this end, we:

We seek to give a voice to CSPhDs in department decisions that directly impact student life. These include, but are not limited to:

The mission of the Computer Science PhD Advisory Council (CSPAC) is to foster a community within the student body of Computer Science PhD students at Northwestern University, and to give this community a voice within the Computer Science Division.

Current Members:

Funding Student Iniatives

One of the primary functions of CSPAC is to help the department alot financial resources to student iniatives, such as but not limited to reading groups and professionalization workshops. To apply for funding, please submit an application . If you have any questions or suggestions, please email us at CSPAC [at]

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Guidelines for Student Initiatives


Groups can get funding for meals no more than once every other week (per university policy) Funding must not exceed:

Group documentation

Group make-up

Acceptable group purposes