WES-CS class

Wisconsin Emerging Scholars (WES-CS)

What is WES-CS?

WES-CS studentsWES-CS is a set of fun, interactive study groups for students who are enrolled in CS 200 (Programming I) and CS 300 (Programming II).  All students currently enrolled in either CS 200 or CS 300 may apply. WES-CS especially welcomes and supports students from groups underrepresented in computer science and students who are new to programming or the computer sciences. Through weekly meetings led by peers, you’ll earn one additional credit and gain greater mastery of introductory computer science course material. It’s a great way to enhance your introduction to the challenging, exciting, and varied field of computer science.

WES-CS was started in 2004 by Professor Susan Horwitz, with the goal of providing a supportive, collaborative, and challenging environment, where diverse groups of students can explore computer science through interesting problem-solving activities in small groups.

What do WES-CS students do?

  • Learn in small, peer-led groups of about 8-10 students
  • Gain computing confidence and master fundamental principles
  • Learn about career paths through visits to local tech companies and dinners with special guests
  • Make lasting friendships
  • Have fun!

How can I enroll?

WES-CS for CS 200 (Programming I): CS 304. To request authorization to enroll in WES-CS for CS 200, please fill out this brief form.  Students who are authorized for the study group should add CS 304 to their class schedule and then attend during the scheduled meeting time. When enrolling, be sure to select the 1-credit option.  If you have additional questions, please email advising@cs.wisc.edu

WES-CS for CS 300 (Programming II): CS 638.  To request authorization to enroll in WES-CS for CS 300, please fill out this brief form. Students who are authorized for the study group should add a WES-CS specific section of CS 638 to their class schedule and then attend during the scheduled meeting time.  If you have additional questions, please email advising@cs.wisc.edu.

What past participants have to say

  • “My group leader didn’t move on unless the content was understood by all, which was very helpful.”
  • “My team leader was great and always tried to answer any questions I had.  She explained things well, and with just enough information so that I could try work it out on my own.”
  • “WES CS 304 was always really fun and extremely useful.”