Welcome to the computer science community at Harvard!

This page contains some information for newcomers to CS at Harvard. It describes some CS-wide events, and provides pointers to potentially useful email lists and websites.

During the academic year we hold a Computer Science colloquium on Thursdays at 3pm in Maxwell Dworkin G115.

The colloquia are preceded by an ice-cream social, Thursdays at 2:30pm, in the Second Floor Lobby of Maxwell Dworkin. This is a good opportunity to meet and chat with others in the CS community.

Information for new arrivals to SEAS

Email lists

General Interest

CS Colloquium

Weekly announcements from the Computer Science Colloquium series

CS Community

A forum moderated by graduate students to coordinate and communicate social events

CSEE Newsletter

A weekly newsletter with event announcements for the CS and EE communities. If you are faculty, staff or CS/EE student who would like to subscribe to the mailing list, please visit:


Announcement of SEAS infrastructure downtime


For New Graduate Students

If your degree program is Computer Science, you will be added by the Office of Academic Programs to shortly after orientation. You will definitely want to sign up for the Colloquium and the cs-community listservs above.

If you are enrolled as a SEAS graduate student in another degree program but you work with a CS faculty member or you'd like to be involved with the CS community, you are welcome to subscribe to the student listserv here: 

For new Postdocs, Researchers, Visiting Scholars, and Faculty

This following lists contains announcements relevant to CS researchers, postdocs, and visiting scholars and faculty.

For New Faculty

You should automatically be subscribed to the relevant lists below by SEAS Academic Affairs or by the Area Director, but it doesn't hurt make sure you are signed up for the lists below as appropriate:

Other Resources

  • Harvard Women in Computer Science (WiCS)

  Harvard Women in Computer Science (WiCS) is a group of Harvard-affiliated women dedicated to:

  • Building a network of women in computer science across schools and industries 
  • Creating awareness of and building opportunities for women in the technical fields
  • Promoting the importance of a technical education for girls
  • Ice Cream Social

    Each Thursday (during regular term time), the SEAS Graduate Student Council hosts an ice cream social/gathering at 2:30pm in the Maxwell Dworkin Second Floor Lobby immediately prior to the CS Colloquium.

  • ABCD Group

    The ABCD Group is an informal association of system managers, programmers, researchers, students, administrators, and faculty at Harvard University and its affiliated institutions in the Boston area. The group's primary objective is to promote communication over a broad range of computer related topics and issues.

  • SEAS Faculty & Staff Portal

    Community-based site focused on administrative and policy aspects of the School.

Affiliated Activities

  • Center for Research on Computation and Society

    The Center for Research on Computation and Society (CRCS) brings computer scientists together with a broad range of researchers to tackle fundamental computational problems arising from societal issues, such as privacy and security, digital copyrights, and file sharing.

  • Berkman Center for Internet and Society

    The Berkman Center for Internet and Society's mission is to explore and understand cyberspace; to study its development, dynamics, norms, and standards; and to assess the need or lack thereof for laws and sanctions.

  • The Institute for Applied Computational Science 

    The Institute for Applied Computational Science (IACS) serves as the intellectual home for faculty and students applying computational methods to major challenges in science. IACS hosts a biweekly seminar series and ComputeFest, educational and entertaining computational activities during January wintersession.