CNS 101

What is CNS 101?

CNS 101 is a program for all incoming first-year CS students to build CS community and connect students to CS-specific resources. Each student will be able to choose a 101 course with a small group of other first-year students. An experienced CS mentor and CS staff facilitator will lead the weekly 1-hour meetings on several topics from time management to how to turn in your CS homework. Each seminar will also have a social aspect planned by their mentor. There will be several events over the semester such as capture the flag tournaments, scavenger hunts, community service events, and group study sessions that you will have the opportunity to attend with your 101-mates!

How do I join?

During Orientation, you will register for your first semester of classes, including your 101 seminar. These seminars can be found on the Fall course schedule with the title NSC 001S Natural Sciences Seminar, and there will be many times for you to choose from.  Don't worry! The class doesn't add any hours to your schedule and we don't assign homework, so you will have plenty of time to focus on your other classes!

Fall 2014 Seminars

  • CS 312 Seminar Unique Numbers: 48214, 48172, 48177, 48179, 48182, 48184, 48187
  • CS 311/314 Seminar Unique Numbers: 48181, 48183, 48176, 48213, 48186, 48178
  • Foundations Seminar Unique Numbers: 48211, 48212
  • Turing Scholar Seminar Unique Numbers: 48173, 48174, 48171

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Who are the 101 mentors?

The 101 mentors are exceptional leaders and students at UT! All of them are Computer Science majors who have encountered many of the issues you may face your first year. Your mentors will contact you near the end of the summer to introduce themselves and to set up any activities or events they may have planned for the weeks before classes start. You will also have a CS advisor that will help to facilitate your 101 meeting. They are an experienced contact person if you have issues that you and your mentor need help solving.

Meet the mentors:

Maria Belyaeva
Matt Broussard
Aila Enos
Moises Holguin
Nada Ismail
Cindy Jaimez
Pato (Patricio) Lankenau
Ji Won Min
Scott Munro
Phillip Pan
Radha Patel
Rohan Ramchand
Jaime Rivera
Matthew Schneider
Rose Simmons

Nicholas Sundin
James Sweetman
Peter Paul Wong
Maria Belyaeva

Name: Maria Belyaeva
Year in college: Junior
Hometown: St. Petersburg, Russia
About Me:  Born in the snow white wonderland that is Russia, she got her bear at the tender age of five. This was soon followed by a tear filled goodbye as her life turned in an opposite direction. She was whisked away to a new country and was told to follow some kind of dream that apparently exists somewhere. She has maintained control over her Ice Magic and brings the occasional snow day to the city of Austin. 

Matt Broussard

Name: Matt Broussard
Year in college: Junior
Hometown: Cedar Park, TX
Favorite CS experience so far & why: Interning has been my favorite CS experience so far because it provides the opportunity to work on something much larger than class projects and make things that people will use and benefit from. It also provides real world industry experience and skills that can't be learned in the classroom and lets me see new places over the summer.

Aila Enos

Name: Aila Enos
Year in college:  Sophomore
Hometown: Corpus Christi, Tx
Favorite CS experience so far & why: My favorite CS experience is doing class projects. Before I started taking CS classes at UT, I had no idea what I could really do with Java or my limited experience. Doing class projects showed me that there are so many things you can program or use CS to accomplish! I love the UTCS community, and I am involved in ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) and WiCS (Women in CS). I was also in the Computational Evolution for FRI this past semester.

Moises Holguin

Name: Moises Holguin
Year in college: Junior
Hometown: Stockdale, TX (44 minutes south of San Antonio, TX)
Favorite CS experience so far & why: This summer, I have the great privilege of working full-time for UT as a Student Developer in the Information Security Office located at the FAC. I have been forced to learn new languages, deal with backends that I didn't even know existed, and have had to "step up to the plate." The learning curve is intense, but I love it! My favorite experience was so epic that it was Facebook-worthy! At the end of last month (May) I posted the following: "Today I experienced something for the first time. I felt the pressure of a project deadline quickly approaching. I felt the anxiety of watching my boss test my code. I felt the satisfaction of knowing that my code is actually useful and in production as we speak. For the first time, I feel that I am not just a CS major, but that I am a Software Developer that has made an impact... and I love this feeling."

Nada Ismail

Name: Nada Ismail
Year in college: Junior
Hometown: Houston, TX
Favorite CS experience so far & why: My involvement in Women in Computer Science (WiCS) has definitely been the most memorable CS Experience I have had. All the girls (and boys) in WiCS are friendly and are willing to help out a first year student with any questions they may have. I remember a couple of other students and myself laughing our hearts out at one of the WiCS meetings after we had described our personal experiences with some professors. Life becomes better when you share moments with other students who understand what you’re pursuing.

Cindy Jaimez

Name: Cindy Jaimez
Year in college: Junior
Hometown: San Juan, TX
Favorite CS experience and why: My favorite part about CS is applying it in the real-world. Currently, I’m interning at Salesforce and so far, I’ve been able to apply different material I have learned inside and outside the classroom. I’m using API’s and other tools that I got to work with at hackathons or on my own time. It all goes back to being in CS and having the opportunity to learn about a variety of things (e.g., making an Android app, web app, etc) anytime we want. What’s even better is that you take those concepts and build something from scratch, whether it’s at a hackathon, for a class project or an internship.

Pato (Patricio) Lankenau

Name: Pato (Patricio) Lankenau
Year in college: Senior
Hometown: Monterrey, Mexico
Favorite CS experience so far & why:  I have been programming since middle school, and always knew I wanted to study Computer Science. I am a vim, linux (arch), and awesome evangelist. In my spare time I like to play soccer, play guitar, fly quadcopters, and of course: code.

 

 

Ji Won Min

Name: Ji Won Min
Year in college: Junior
Hometown: Laredo, TX
Favorite CS experience so far: My favorite experience so far has been PennApps. I had never experienced such a large scale hackathon before. It was exciting to be around so many innovative minds in Philadelphia. I love hackathons because all your focus is on your project with no distractions. It was also a really great way to meet CS majors from other schools!

Scott Munro

Name: Scott Munro
Year in college: Sophomore
Hometown: Flower Mound, TX
Favorite CS experience so far & why: My favorite CS experience so far has been the final project that we had to complete in my Freshman Research Initiative stream. It was one of my first big projects that was entirely self-driven, and it forced me to really put more creative effort into a CS project than anything I had done before. There were no parameters for how our project developed or what it resulted in, just so long as the results were interesting. In the end when we finally had to present what we had developed to the class, and I was almost shocked at how much I wanted to talk about each minute aspect of the project and its future. My group had developed something we were really proud of and the end was more fulfilling than anything other project I have worked on.

Phillip Pan

Name: Phillip Pan
Year in college: Sophomore
Hometown: Sugar Land, Texas
Favorite CS experience so far & why:  I remember volunteering for UTCS Roadshow at this little science fair in Austin. It was a really fun experience, teaching all these little kids about binary and introducing them to computer science. I guess why I enjoyed it so much is because I was able to give all these kids an experience that I didn't have at their age - to learn about the beauty and elegance of computer science. People often forget that there are things outside of coding they can do with their computer science knowledge, it's incredibly fulfilling to see young peoples' eyes light up in interest for a subject you are passionate about.

Radha Patel

Name: Radha Patel
Year in College: Sophomore
Hometown: Garland, TX
Fav Experience: What I love about UTCS is that there are so many opportunities that the department provides. For example the organizations just with in the department really helps students get involved and explore their interests such as Women in Computer Science,  UTCS Roadshow, Mobile App Development and many more.  Another interesting opportunity is being able to explore different fields within CS such as research even as a first year student. Also a great thing about CS is option to intern during the summer where you would improve your technical and leadership skills as well as learn in a real world environment.

Rohan Ramchand

Name: Rohan Ramchand
Year in college: Sophomore
Hometown:  Houston, Tx
Favorite CS experience so far & why:  Probably the first time I taught someone how to do something with a programming language. I knew what needed to be done to solve the problem, but I didn't know the syntax of the language they needed to use; they had the exact opposite problem. We ended up working together for about 30 minutes teaching each other what we didn't know. By the time we finished, I had a basic understanding of a new programming language, and they learned how awesome programming is.

Jaime Rivera

Name: Jaime Rivera
Year in college: Junior
Hometown: Houston, TX
Favorite CS experience so far: If I had to pick my favorite computer science experience so far, I would say that it would have to be spending time with the cool people in the advising office. I go there practically every day, and I'm sure they're tired of me by now... But if it weren't for them, I wouldn't have the incredible opportunities I have now. They're awesome - you should definitely get to know them!

Matthew Schneider

Name: Matthew Schneider
Year in college: Senior
Hometown: Austin, Texas
Favorite CS experience so far & why: Pancakes & Professors has been - without a doubt - the single most enjoyable event of my CS experience thus far. Not only were the warm, sweet delicacies a welcome reprieve from finals studies, but to be served by the very same professors whose exams were soon to be aced and returned made the experience thoroughly delightful and delectable. It's the little things that make UTCS such a great program.

Rose Simmons


Name: Rose Simmons

Year in college: Junior
Hometown: Sugar Land, Texas

Favorite CS experience so far & why: I have enjoyed interning because you get real world experience and can try things that are very different from what you do in classes. Right now I work at a research lab and get to collaborate with people who have decades of experience in their field. My other internship this summer is all the way in Hong Kong so I'm definitely excited to do something that takes me out of my element.

Nicholas Sundin

Name: Nicholas Sundin
Year in college: Junior
Hometown: El Paso, Texas
Favorite CS experience so far & why: I'm currently interning at Samsung R&D in North Austin. I have been introduced to the semiconductor industry and different types of teams that work on building chips. They've given me a badge, a named desk, free fruit, and an amazing group of people to interact with and learn from. The most exciting thing about the job is being able to move innovation by improving the set of tools available to researchers and at the same time learn from the researchers.

James Sweetman

Name: James Sweetman
Year in college: Junior
Hometown: Plano, Texas
Favorite CS experience so far & why: In my Freshman year I was part of the FRI program, joined the UTCS Roadshow, and I am currently in the DMI camp where I am learning about web design and development. So far, I would have to say my favorite experience is the camp that I'm currently in because I'm now being exposed to the tools I need to build websites. I've always been curious and interested in web development so this gave me the opportunity to uncover the inner-workings of a website. I encourage all of you guys to take as many opportunities as you can with CS so you can explore and find what you yourself enjoy the most.

Peter Paul Wong

Name: Peter Paul Wong
Year in college: Senior
Hometown: Houston, TX
Favorite CS experience so far & why: A very tough question. For me, my favorite CS experiences have been being a part of an organization within the department and interning during the summer. As a member of ELA(Empowering Leadership Experience), I love brainstorming how CS can be extended beyond the classroom. While internships are great because you get a hands on feel for how your knowledge is put to the test in the "real world".