Graduate Open House

September 21, 2018

join us this fall, iowa state university computer science graduate open house

The Department of Computer Science at Iowa State University (ISU) is looking for several outstanding Ph.D. and Master's students starting Fall 2020 as part of a new strategic initiative. The department is hosting an open house on November 16, 2018 for prospective students. 

Register here.

The Event

The Graduate Open house will take place on November 16, 2018. Our goal is to provide prospective graduate students with the opportunity to visit our department and get to know the outstanding research activities by the faculty and current graduate students. They will also have the opportunity to interact closely with the faculty and graduate students. The preliminary schedule for this open house is as follows:

  • Welcome and breakfast with the Department chair
  • Overview of the university, the department, our graduate program, and notable alumni
  • Living in Ames
  • Lunch and campus tour
  • Research area-specific breakout groups
  • One-on-one meetings with faculty and graduate students

The department of Computer Science will provide the following to prospective students who participate in the event:

  • 1 night of accommodation
  • $50 allowance toward travel costs
  • Onsite feedback on application material and credentials
  • Deeper insight on financial aids.

About the Department of Computer Science

The ISU Department of Computer Science (CS) is a research-intensive department, where faculty members are currently conducting $16M of funded research projects in a variety of fields. Areas of interest include: Applied Cryptography, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data Analytics, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, Concurrency, Cybersecurity and Privacy, Data Science, Database Systems, Formal Methods, High Performance Computing, Machine Learning, Model Checking, Molecular Programming, Operating Systems, Parallel and Distributed Computing, Programming Languages and Compilers, Program Analysis, Robotics, Services Computing, Smart Home, Software Engineering, Theory of Computation, Autonomous Vehicles, and Wireless Networks. ISU CS faculty members are leaders in a number of these areas. The CS graduate student body is highly diverse, and all students are supported by assistantships and fellowships or by work-study appointments.

About Iowa State University

Iowa State University, the birthplace of the electronic digital computer, is a land-grant, public university with 36,600+ students, located in Ames, Iowa. Since 1858, ISU faculty have applied science to practice, conducting basic and applied research to improve lives and sustain the planet. As a land-grant institution, ISU wholeheartedly supports the mission of sharing knowledge beyond campus borders. ISU pioneered the first statewide Extension Service in 1906, which continues to this day and has been replicated across America. ISU has the talent and the facilities to lead the urgent, global quest for solutions. ISU is the home to CyEnce, a supercomputer that blazes through more than 183 trillion calculations per second. ISU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and numerous specialized accrediting agencies. ISU offers 108 bachelor’s degrees, 112 master’s degree programs and 81 Ph.D. programs as well as a professional degree in Veterinary Medicine. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifies Iowa State University as Research University with very high research activity. ISU is also a member of the Association of American Universities, an invitation-only organization of the 62 top public and private research institutions in the U.S. and Canada. ISU has been designated an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities. Iowa State University is dedicated to conducting research and scholarship with local, national, and international impact. Iowa State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, ethnicity, religion, national origin, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, sex, marital status, disability, or status as a U.S. veteran. Inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies may be directed to Office of Equal Opportunity, 3350 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, Ames, Iowa 50011, Tel. 515 294-7612, email

About Ames

Iowa State University is located in Ames, Iowa, a progressive community of 60,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted the healthiest city in the nation by USA Today and the best college town in the nation by (see

Additional Information 

For additional information please contact Prof. Borzoo Bonakdarpour at visit the links below.

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