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Charlie Curtsinger

Department of Computer Science
Grinnell College
1116 8th Ave.
Grinnell, IA 50112
Noyce Science Center 3827
(641) 269-3127

About Me

I am an associate professor and chair of the Department of Computer Science at Grinnell College. I completed my PhD at the University of Massachusetts Amherst advised by Emery Berger in the PLASMA Lab, where my dissertation work was supported by a Google Ph.D. Fellowship. Visit my research page to learn more about my past research projects.

Office Hours

I keep my office hours posted on my office door. You can drop in during posted times when I am available, but most students make an appointment. I’m happy to meet with you even if you aren’t in my class, but there may be busy times when I will prioritize students who are taking a class with me. I generally ask students not to make more than one appointment per week to make sure all students have access to office hours.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are you taking research students this summer?

I am not running a MAP during summer 2024, but there are many other exciting research opportunities in the CS department. Watch for email about other opportunities, and plan to attend the spring CS Extra about summer MAPs in late January or early February.

Will you be my advisor?

The computer science department has a formal process for matching advisors with new majors. This process runs each spring semester, and is announced via email. You will have an opportunity to express preferences for advisors, but I do not take advisees outside of this process.

Will you write me a letter of recommendation?

Yes, as long as you have taken a class I taught or worked with me in some other capacity (mentor, grader, research assistant, etc.). To request a letter of recommendation, please complete this Recommendation Request Form at least two weeks before the first letter is due. If you are unable to log in because your Grinnell account is inactive just send me an email and I can share a link to a different form. Please do not list me as a letter writer on any applications until you hear from me after submitting the form. You only need to submit this form one time for each type of program you are applying to. If you have an urgent request that is past the two-week deadline, please send an email and I will do my best to help.