The Undergraduate Teaching Assistant (UTA) Endowment



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.



"When we look at our peers at Brown and see where they are today…we see Brown's undergraduate TA program at work…We believe it is an irreplaceable component to the department's educational leadership and success." 

— Philip Levis (Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, and former UTA)

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:

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.

"TAing is about making a course that changed your life just as amazing for the next generation of students. It's about showing a student close to tears how to solve a challenging problem by giving them tools, and changing that student's experience from feeling frustrated and lost to feeling inspired and happy and powerful because of CS." 

— Alexandra Schultz (Assistant Professor of Classics, Dartmouth, Fulbright scholar, and former UTA)

Click here to donate or email Nicole Peters Sisson (Senior Director of Development, Academic Initiatives) with any questions. Thank you!