CS Distinction in the Major Program

About DiMAP:

The Distinction in the Major Program is a high honor in recognition of the academic achievement of students beyond the requirements of the CS degree program. The goal of the program is to encourage students to apply the knowledge and skills they have obtained in the major to a challenging research or technological problem. Students admitted to the program may choose to work under the supervision of a faculty advisor on a senior project via the Capstone series or a research project. These unique experiences help students extend their knowledge in a particular area and acquire the skills necessary to plan, manage and implement a large project or open-ended research problem. At the end of the program, students present their results to their peers and faculty.  Students who earn Distinction in the Major will receive a seal on their UCSB diploma in recognition of these achievements and recognized at the CS Awards Ceremony at the end of the Spring quarter.

Who is eligible?

1. Computer Science students that will finish their degree & graduate in Winter 2022 or Spring 2022 or Fall 2022, and

2. Have completed a minimum of 105 UCSB units, and

3. Have a cumulative minimum GPA of 3.6 or higher at the time of their application. 

Application process

Applications open annually at the beginning of the Spring quarter and are typically due a few weeks before the end of the quarter.  Students must apply to DiMAP in advance to be considered for the program.  Eligible students will apply to one of two tracks: Capstone or Research.

Capstone track:

1. Complete the CMPSC 189A/B elective series offered in Fall and Winter quarters

2. Present your work during the CS Summit event 

3. Earn a grade of B+ or better in 189A/B

Research track:

1. Students who choose this track will work on a research project under the supervision of a faculty member by enrolling in two-quarters of CMPSC 196 with four units per quarter. As such, students who are applying to the research track should try and find a faculty advisor before the application deadline, otherwise we will match you with a research faculty advisor.

2. Present your work as a poster either during CS Summit (if you are graduating in Winter quarter) or during the undergraduate poster showcase typically held at the end of Fall and Spring quarters.

3. Earn a grade of B+ or better in both quarters of CMPSC 196.

Application Timeline

Eligible students who expect to finish their CS major and graduate in the 2022 calendar year, i.e., Winter 2022 or Spring 2022 or Fall 2022, can apply to DiMAP by completing the application form. The application deadline is May 15, 2021. You will need to submit a copy of your CV and transcript as part of your application.