Course Advisor - Alex Eckert
This is my fifth year here on The Farm. I was a CS undergraduate on the systems track, and this year I'm pursing a MSCS degree on the Information Management and Analytics track.
As the Course Advisor, officially I'm available to chat about courses, the department, and program planning, but feel free to ask me anything. I'll do my best to answer your question and if I'm not the right person, I'll at least try to point you in the right direction. If you'd like to talk about classes, the major, coterming, internships, research, going abroad, or anything else, stop by my office or shoot me an email.
If you are applying to Stanford or considering application, you can contact me regarding information about the program, however, please check out the High School FAQ first.
Please note there are no office hours during finals week, winter or spring breaks, or over the summer. No appointment is necessary, but if you know when you'll be coming in, it might be a good idea to drop me an email and I'll make sure I'm in the office and not wandering around Gates running errands.
Claire Stager is the Computer Science Program Administrator. She handles all of the paperwork in the department as well as any administrative problems you might have. She also knows basically everything and in 2003 was the recipient of the Amy Blue Award. If you have anything that requires a signature, you probably need to see Claire. Completed program sheets should be brought to Claire so that she can approve it and keep it on file. Claire is the person who approves program sheets for graduation. In general, if you have questions about the program requirements or classe you should ask the Course Advisor. If he can't help you, he'll probably direct you to Claire.
When you declare, you must choose a faculty member in the CS department to be your faculty advisor. Many advising groups get together a few times a year to have lunch or dinner together and discuss what's going on in everyone's life. However, you should realize that it is important to be proactive in your relationship with your faculty advisor. Most advisors (and students) are exremely busy, but they do want to see you succeed. Make the time to stop by your advisor's office hours and the lunch/dinner events and build a relationship with him/her. The perspective of someone significantly older and experienced in the field can be invaluable. Each advising group also has a website which lists the members of the group as well as anything else the group has put together. The list of faculty with links to their advising group websites is available here. If you are undeclared and looking for a faculty advsior, take a look at our Choosing an Advisor page.