CPS 300
Introduction to Graduate Study

Science and technology in the public interest

Computer science researchers are privileged to enjoy public funding and support for their efforts. Most of the funding for graduate students in the department comes from US federal government grants. In the US, the consensus for a federal role in science and technology was established in the aftermath of World War II, and is supported across the political spectrum.

The rationale for public funding of science research and graduate study is that our work has potential to serve the public good. Thus it is the responsibility of the scientific community to understand public needs and to develop research agendas that serve those needs.