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Wisconsin Emerging Scholars - Computer Science


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WES-CS is a program that provides motivated students the opportunity to learn Computer Science in a challenging but friendly environment. WES-CS students enroll in the introductory CS course (cs302), and also meet in small groups of 5 to 8 students once a week for 2 hours each time. Groups are led by undergraduates who are usually former WES-CS students themselves. In the group meetings students work together on interesting problems designed to help them really understand and enjoy the topics taught in cs302.


As a WES-CS student you will:

  • have the same assignments and exams as non-WES-CS students,
  • earn 1 extra credit for your participation,
  • be invited to learn more about CS careers via visits to local companies and/or special dinners with speakers,
  • learn new approaches for solving CS problems,
  • make friendships that will last through your years at UW,
  • probably get better grades than non-WES-CS students,
  • have fun!


This is the 9th year for WES-CS. WES-CS students really enjoy the program. Here are some quotes from interviews with WES-CS participants:

How to Enroll

Preference for WES-CS is given to incoming freshmen, who register when they attend SOAR during the summer. Other students will be allowed to register when SOAR is finished.

WES-CS Exercises

To see the exercises from Spring 2011, click here

Related Programs

WES-CS was initially funded in part by NSF through their Information Technology Workforce program as part of a cooperative grant that includes seven other schools: Beloit College, Duke University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Loyola College in Maryland, Rutgers University, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

For more information about the WES-CS program contact the program coordinator by email:


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