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I (Nate Derbinsky, President 2009-2010) am leaving the remainder of this document for posterity and potentially to inspire future ideas. During my time, the main responsibilities of President included calling and chairing meetings (as necessary); speaking at the New Student Orientation in Fall (see an example here) and any other events in which CSE highlights graduate students (i.e. when Dawn e-mails you); forwarding/responding to a lot of e-mail to appropriate cseg e-mail lists (you become the student contact point in CSE); interacting with numerous industrial partners (Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, etc), with a focus on obtaining funding and holding events of interest to graduate students; serving at the pleasure of the CSE Chair; filling in as necessary for other Board members; and generally taking credit for the hard work of lots of smart, hard-working folk :)



At the Orientation, the President delivers a speech entitled "All About CSEG". Below is a short list of topics that one may wish to cover during the speech:

  1. What is CSEG? - CSEG encompasses all CSE graduate student. That all incoming CSE graduate students are members automatically and that there is no fee.
  2. Pepsi Machines - All CSEG income is derived from the two Pepsi machines on the third floor (in 3128 EECS and 3413A EECS) and the machines have the cheapest pop on campus. Therefore, everyone should buy from the two Pepsi machines.
  3. Happy Hour - Every Friday, from 4:30pm - 6:00pm in 3128 EECS, there is a Happy Hour.
  4. Michigan Time - All events start ten minutes late.
  5. CSEG Web Page - Can be found at
  6. CSEG Mailing Lists - cseg, cseg-social, cseg-ads, cseg-apts, and cseg-request
  7. Honor Code - Have to sign the Honor Code before each exam.

Lab Tours

Every October, on the four Fridays of the month, before each Happy Hour, one should arrange for a short tour of the four labs: ACAL, ATL, RTCL, and SSRL. Immediately, after the tour, there should be a happy hour. One should make sure that the tour does not overlap one of the major classes that CSE graduate students attend. A good idea is for the tours to occur from 4:30pm-5:00pm and then for Happy Hour to occur from 5:00pm-6:00pm.

How to Get a Job in Industry

This seminar is usually given by Yale Patt. It should be given in October and should be planned to be about one hour in length. One should arrange with Professor Patt in September for a date and time, as he is very busy. CSE, EE, and Systems graduate students should be invited to the event via the CSE graduate student email aliases shown below:

How to Get a Job in Academia

This seminar should also be given in October and should last about one hour. The panel members that should be invited are: the head of the CSE Faculty Search Committee, Professor Quentin Stout, all the CSE faculty members that were hired the previous year, and any CSE faculty that wish to attend. The format should be that each panel member should first be allowed to make a SHORT one minute speech stating any prominent ideas about finding an academic job that they wish to explicitly state to those attending the seminar. After the speeches, the rest of the session should be devoted to questions and answers. All questions should be directly related to finding an academic job. Below is a list of questions that one may ask if no one is asking any questions:

  1. What should be done during the graduate years to prepare oneself for interviewing for an academic job?
  2. What is the current condition of the academic job market?
  3. What should be the format of one's vita?
  4. What makes a vita stand out from the others?
  5. What is the difference between a teaching college and a research university?
  6. What do search committees look for during an interview?
  7. Once one has a job, what should be done to achieve tenure?

CSE, EE, and Systems graduate students should be invited to the event via the CSE graduate student email aliases.


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