Andy van Dam has described Undergraduate Teaching Assistants (UTAs) as a collaborative troupe spanning generations, making the future happen. Please donate today so they can continue their vital work.
Fifty years ago, Brown CS pioneered the idea of computer science UTAs, and if you work in our field, you’ve either met one or you were one. Serving as a UTA is an opportunity like nothing else at a critical time in a student's life, providing them with a higher level of knowledge, self-development, and often with much-needed financial support.
Due to growing enrollments over several decades, the UTA program has become far more expensive than it once was. In 2018, Brown CS completed a successful crowdfunded campaign that established a ten-million-dollar endowment to fund our UTAs. Five years later, it’s clear that much more is needed:
- One in five Brown undergraduates is a CS or joint CS concentrator.
- We employ more than 325 UTAs each semester.
- Over 60% of CS concentrators have been a UTA at least once.
The administration is making major investments in the expansion of CS and our flagship UTA program. Your gifts will bolster and accelerate our growth. That’s why we’re creating a two-million-dollar extension to the UTA endowment, and we need your help. Today, you can help Brown CS give the same opportunity that you may have benefited from to someone who wouldn't otherwise have it. Gifts of $50,000 or more provide naming opportunities to support hiring undergraduate teaching assistants. You can also make a smaller gift to a pooled endowment.