CSE has Strong Showing at SIGCSE

Apr 8, 2021
2021 SIGCSE Technical Symposium

Nearly 20 faculty members and students affiliated with UC San Diego’s Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) department were part of the recent SIGCSE conference, one of the premier computer science education conferences.

CSE professors and students helped organize symposiums, presented papers and served on panels during the ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE) Technical Symposium. The symposium is a forum for educators and researchers to share new results and insights around developing, implementing or evaluating computing programs, curricula and courses.

CSE-affiliated Associated Professor Philip Guo and undergraduate student Julia Markel presented their award-winning paper "Inside the Mind of a CS Undergraduate TA: A Firsthand Account of Undergraduate Peer Tutoring in Computer Labs,” which received the second-best paper in Experience Reports and Tools Track. 

Christine Alvarado, CSE teaching professor and the Jacobs School of Engineering Associate Dean for Students, was one of the organizers of the professional development pre-symposium event for teaching-track faculty. Alvarado, along with undergraduate students Alistair Gray and Madeline Tjoa, presented their coauthored paper "The Role of Mentoring in a Dual-Mentored Scalable CS Research Program.

CSE Ph.D. student Sophia Krause-Levy was one of the organizers of the session “Building a Multinational Community among Graduate Students in CS Education Research.” 

Mia Minnes, CSE associate teaching professor, presented her coauthored ACM Transactions on Computing Education (TOCE) journal paper “What do CS students value in industry internships? 

Joe Politz, CSE assistant teaching professor, and colleagues from multiple institutions nationwide, presented their paper "Evolving a K-12 Curriculum for Integrating Computer Science into Mathematics."

Leo Porter, CSE associate teaching professor, helped organize the session “Using Validated Assessments to Learn About Your Students.” He also served on the panel “Lessons Learned in Propagation.” 

CSE Assistant Teaching Professor Gerald Soosai Raj and two groups of students presented papers in CS education research: students Carmen Guzman and Anne Xu worked with Soosai Raj on "Experiences of Non-Native English Speakers Learning Computer Science in a U.S. University” and students Jessica Lam and Elias Fang worked with Soosai Raj and other coauthors on  "Textbook Underflow: Insufficient Security Discussions in Textbooks Used for Computer Systems Courses” also presented. 

Beth Simon, associate teaching professor in the Department of Education Studies and a former CSE teaching professor, served on the panel “Teaching the Methods of Teaching CS.”