Graduate Student Testimonials

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"I am extremely grateful for WWU in giving me a chance to study CS at the graduate level without prior undergrad background in CS. A lot of other schools aren’t as flexible, which is a shame because there are so many non-CS background folks who would love the chance to study at the graduate level and would excel if given the chance. When I started I was overwhelmed from all the new information but WWU has so many helpful and supportive professors and TAs, as well as daily tutoring sessions that anyone can drop into to get assistance from peers. Everyone is kind and professional, there are lots of extra group events to get to know the people of the department, and it truly is a place that you can thrive in academically and socially."

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"I really appreciated the opportunity to conduct research I was interested in and that was relevant to the field of CS I wanted to pursue. I work in many different areas of machine learning such as capturing trends of information spread on social media platforms, developing and defending adversarial attacks of deep learning systems, and discovering causal links in simulated data. The majority of the skills and tools that I use the most in this position I learned as a graduate student at Western. The research component of the program prepared me the most for success in this job (Data Scientist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)."

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"I most appreciated the individual attention I got. Professors were easily available, the IT/DevOps staff were always able to help, and I was able to work on a project that catered to my math background. One skill that stands out in particular from WWU was the large number of programming languages I learned; this makes it much easier to get up to speed on new projects."

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"I am working at We Work as a software engineer. I think the Master's program at Western was challenging but doable. Tests and large projects enhanced my core CS concepts and gave me the confidence to handle the real-life hard problems."

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"I am grateful to WWU that it helps foreign students like myself to feel welcomed in foreign country by providing support and high level of education. Also, as a female studying in a male-dominated field I do not feel any bias, but only an encouragement, motivation and great support from a faculty who wants me to succeed. Moreover, I am grateful to WWU MS program for being able to work as a TA without needing to pay for school."