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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 co-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

8:45am–9:45am (book by 5pm on Thursday or I may not be in)

I am happy to meet with students, whether you are in one of my classes or not. You can drop in during office hours if I am available, but I recommend that you reserve a time to meet.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are you taking research students this summer?

I plan to hire students to work on research during summer 2023. If you are interested, please attend the CS Extra about summer research early in the spring 2023 semester.

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. To request a letter of recommendation, please complete this Recommendation Request Form. Please submit this form at least two weeks before letters are due. Please do not list me as a letter writer on any applications until you hear from me after submitting the form; I will respond within 72 hours. 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.



February 11, 2021

Visit the Summer 2021 MAPs page to learn about my summer research plans and to apply.

January 28, 2021

The website for CSC 213-01 is now available.

April 15, 2020

I have a new process for requesting letters of recommendation. Please complete the Recommendation Request Form at least two weeks before letters are due, and 72 hours before listing me as a letter-writer on any applications.

September 1, 2019

I am on leave for the 2019–2020 academic year.

August 30, 2018

Course websites for my fall 2018 sections of CSC 151 and CSC 211 are now posted.