COVID Emergency Funds Available for Female Students
The AnitaB and Last Mile Education Fund organizations have set up a COVID-19 emergency fund for underrepresented women of color students. The funds offer quick access to mini-grants of $599 at a selected set of Minority-Serving Institutions including UTEP.
To apply for the mini-grant, please complete the form available at: https://anitab.org/awards-grants/covid-19-emergency-assistance/
Funds are limited. You are encouraged to apply ASAP.
Updated Phone Numbers for CS Front Desk and Tech Support
We have updated the phone numbers to allow students who live in Mexico to connect with our staff if needed. The phone numbers are:
CS Font Desk: From the U.S: (915) 613-1982, From Mexico: +52 66 2690 3182.
CS Tech Support: From U.S: (915) 208-4810, From Mexico: +52 22 9690 3318.
CS Main Office Closure
Upon orders from the Interim Dean of Engineering, the CS main office and tech support are now closed until further notice. However the whole CS staff and faculty continue to operate fully. In case you need help, please contact us by e-mail or phone using the following skype numbers:
CS Font Desk: (915) 613-1982
CS Tech Support: (915) 208-4810
CS Chair: (915) 613-3110
Financial Aid Support for Students to Purchase Computer Equipment
The CS Tech team has few laptops to loan to students who have no access to PC/laptops. In addition, Financial Aid might be able to provide support to purchase equipment for our students to take home. Below is the language that is approved by Financial Aid. A bulletin went out to students Monday 03/23/2020:
Beginning Monday, March 30, 2020, all courses for the spring semester will move to remote online delivery.
If you are a student who received financial aid for either the fall 2019 or spring 2020 semester(s) and do not currently own a computer, there may be grant assistance that will help you purchase a computer, internet hot spot, or tablet so that you can access your classes and course materials. Please email a request for this grant support to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include your full name, UTEP ID#, and a reliable phone number. We will contact you regarding your eligibility for grant assistance.
If you are not currently receiving financial aid, but still need assistance to purchase a computer, the Paydirt Emergency Loan Program is available to assist students. Maximum loan amount is $500. You can apply for this loan by emailing email@example.com.
If you have any questions, please call the Office of Student Financial Aid at 915-747-5204.
Note on Advising
Considering that many of our faculty have started using Microsoft Teams to conduct advising sessions, we have noticed that the advising sessions go smoother and with less glitches if the student uses the MS Teams application instead of the web browser. If your advisor has informed you that your advising session will be conducted using MS Teams, please follow the below instructions for MS Teams:
- Go to https://teams.microsoft.com
- Sign into Microsoft using Miners email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Log into Microsoft Teams using Miners authentication (username/password)
- Once logged in, download the Microsoft Teams App (Icon on Bottom-Lefthand Corner) and install on your computer
- Log into Microsoft Teams App
- Please wait for your advisor to call you (please note that they may call a few minutes after your scheduled appointment – you should wait on the Microsoft Teams App until your advisor calls you)
- If they do not call you within 15-minutes of your scheduled appointment, please send them an email verifying your appointment
Advising for the 2020 summer and fall semesters will go on as previously planned. The department faculty and supporting staff are prepared to conduct advising remotely, either by phone or using virtual tools. Please schedule your advising appointment by visiting the undergraduate advising page (https://www.utep.edu/cs/advising/undergraduate-advising.html) or the graduate advising page (https://www.utep.edu/cs/advising/graduate-advising.html).
Once your appointment is scheduled, the CS staff will reach out to you with instructions for your advising appointment. Considering the new nature of advising appointments, it is really important that you follow the pre-advising instructions provided at the previously mentioned pages. To ensure smooth advising operation, we highly encourage you to be prepared with your potential summer/fall schedule prior to the meeting.
Wifi Hotspot Devices Available to UTEP Students
The UTEP Technology Support Services located at the third floor of the Library provides hotspot devices for students in need of internet connectivity to ensure successful participation in the online offering of classes starting on March 30, 2020. Students must show a UTEP ID card in order to claim a device.
Since there is sure to be a limited supply of hotspot devices, please exercise good judgment and citizenship and only request a device if you absolutely need it.
CS Student Survey
In an effort to understand your ability to successfully complete your classes this semester, we do ask you to please complete the following survey regarding the availability of the necessary equipment to you.
Please help us rely the message regarding this survey to other students who might not have access to a computer or internet connection.