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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

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Can I list you as a reference on a job or internship application?

Yes, but please talk to me first. I am always happy to serve as a reference, but I will be a more helpful reference if I know something about the job you are applying to. If you need a letter of recommendation, please see the recommendation item above.

Can I meet with you?

I am on leave for the 2019–2020 academic year, so I am not holding regular office hours. If you need to contact me, email is the best option.

Can I work with you on a research project?

I enjoy working with MAP students over the summer, but I generally do not take new research students while classes are in session. I like to hire research students who have taken at least one class with me. CSC 213 is the class that most closely matches the preparation I require for my research students, though it is not a hard requirement if you have relevant experience. You can read about my research work on the research page.

I would prefer to take CSC 213. If I take CSC 211 will I be cut from 213?

The department recommends both courses, so we do our best to allow students to take both whenever possible. There are a few cases where we have cut students from CSC 213 or CSC 211 because they did not need the course to graduate, but we are doing our best to keep these cases to a minimum.

I hear you're pretty good at debugging. Can you help me debug my program?

I’d like to help, but depending on the bug I may not have time to help. I am generally interested in hearing about bugs, even if I don’t know how to fix them. Make an appointment during my office hours or stop by when my door is open.

I have a question that I think should be on this list. Can you add it?

Maybe. Send it to me by email and I’ll consider adding it to this page.