The same officer is responsible for representing CSEG to three different committees: the Graduate Committee and the Faculty Committee.
The grad. committee is responsible for determining program and graduation requirements for all CSE graduate students. This includes cognates requirements and degree requirements. It also handles admissions and final approval of assistantships (TAships, RAships, etc.).
Attend meetings, offer students viewpoint when necessary, participate in discussions about the program requirements. You will also need to help Dawn organize the prospective student visit in the spring. This mostly involves asking for volunteers to go to dinner and handling a few of the logistics of the dinner.
Once a month in the Fall, once a week in the Spring, though the CSE rep doesn't have to be there for all of the Spring meetings as most of it is just admission decisions.
Traditionally, the CSE rep also coordinates taking vising prospective students out to eat with current graduate students. This usually just involves finding a few other grad. students and arranging a time and place to meet, and answering the prospective students' questions during that time.
The CSE faculty committee comprises all CSE faculty. This is where all matters that require faculty approval are voted upon. For instance, all changes in curriculum and requirements. This is also the forum where faculty are kept up to date on other matters, such as faculty search, admissions, office assignments, etc. Meetings are approximately every one month or so for an hour at lunch-time. They are quite informal and offer both an opportunity to see how an academic faculty works and find out what is going on in the department. The role of the student representative is two-fold: 1. to see that student interests and viewpoints are represented during discussions and 2. to ensure that students are kept informed about departmental matters.
As described in an email from Prof. Richard B. Brown, November 2002
Dear Presidents of ACM, BEECS, HKN, IEEE, CSEG, and AEGGS, The EECS Department is creating two student advisory committees, one for undergraduate students, and the other for graduate students. The committees will consist of the president (or other designated representative if the society so chooses) of each EECS student society or group. The undergrad committee will have representatives from ACM, BEECS, HKN and IEEE. The graduate committee will have representatives from CSEG, AEGGS and in the future from a representative of the EE:S graduate students. The purpose of the committees is to provide a formal means of communication between the students and the administrative committee of the Department. Each term, we will encourage our undergraduate and graduate students to bring to you concerns they have related to their life and studies in the EECS Department. At the end of each term, the Administrative Committee of the Department will meet individually with the undergraduate and graduate student advisory committees. The administrative committee consists of the department Chair, the 2 Associate Chairs (John Laird for CSE and Stephane Lafortune for ECE), and the department administrator (Virginia Wait). Please send me the name and email address of the individual who will serve as the committee member from your organization. I encourage you to reply with any suggestions you may have regarding these advisory committees. Best regards, Prof. Richard B. Brown Interim Chair, EECS