The CS department has volunteer roles (ministers) to represent PhD students’ interests, provide feedback to the department, and to get students more directly involved in the department’s activities. Contact the Faculty-Grad Liaison (FGL) for more info about these roles, or if you would like to volunteer.

Graduate Student Ministry (CS Student Representatives)

Faculty-Grad Liaison (FGL) aka Prime Minister

Responsible for handling most of the faculty-grad interactions and concerns. The FGL acts as the primary interface between faculty and graduate students and is also the person to reach out to for miscellaneous concerns that are not represented by other roles below.

Graduate Matters Ministers

These are the people to reach out to if students have specific concerns covered by these roles.

Minister of the Curriculum

Responsible for raising PhD student curriculum interests with the graduate committee and the department chair.

Minister of Inclusion

Responsible for building a community among and advocating for women and underrepresented minority students in the department.

Minister of Infrastructure

Represent graduate students in the department’s facilities (Space and Computing) committees, which deal with allocating budget for office furniture, ergonomic hardware and determining the specifications of new machines, monitors, etc.

Minister of International Affairs

Represent and advocate for international graduate students in the department.

Minister of the Web

Responsible for maintaining the PhD student web structure and making sure all information relevant to PhD students exists and is up to date on the CS website.

Minister of Wellness

Responsible for informing PhD students about Student Counseling Services (SCS) at UChicago, such as relevant mental-health events on campus, decreasing the stigma surrounding using SCS services, and promote awareness of mental well-being.

Research and Social Interaction Ministers

These roles are meant to increase both social and research interaction within the department.

Minister of Caffeine

Responsible for organizing weekly tea, coffee and snack time where grad students can easily hang out with each other.

Minister(s) of Fun

Responsible for keeping a sense of community in the department by organizing social events.

Minister of Pizza

Responsible for organizing the weekly pizza seminar.


These roles are in addition to other existing roles that already represent student voices in varying capacities: