Like the Georgia Tech Graduate Student Government Association, the College of Computing’s Graduate Student Council (GSC) works on making the College a welcoming and stable environment for graduate students to work, live, play, and socialize.
The GSC works with School of Interactive Computing faculty to voice student interests and also helps organize social events for students to meet faculty regularly. GSC members also serve on a Travel Committee that provides funding for students to attend academic conferences and other events.
Don’t take our word for it…
To be a Ph.D. student in the School of Interactive Computing’s Human-Centered Computing is to be part of an awesome, supportive, unbelievably smart group of people. There are so many people doing amazing things with computing devices and how people use them to improve their lives. Walking from lab to lab, you can overhear conversations about how technology can support people going through chronic care, about how to motivate more underrepresented groups to pursue STEM education, about the creation of apps to support victims of sexual assault or what makes a tweet trustworthy. There are so many different research topics under examination, and students use such a variety of research methods, both quantitative and qualitative, to explore them.
There is no typical day for an IC graduate student. Some days consist of attending class and doing homework, while others consist of attending talks by prominent researchers or leading industry professionals, while others are devoted to running research studies. The only consistent tasks are reading and writing—there’s always something else to read that was recommended to you in a hallway conversation. And you should always be writing—if not your proposal or dissertation, then a paper for an upcoming conference submission or a blog post.
The PhD process is all about communicating your ideas and discoveries to others while continually learning from your own research area, but other areas that can contribute to your work. If I had to describe the HCC PhD program in one word it would be interdisciplinary: combining computing with social science, psychology, humanities, and art.
--Briana Morrison, Ph.D. HCC student