Guided Affinity Groups for BE @CSE21

Guided Affinity GroupS (GAGS) are designed to help students get more out of SIAM CSE conference sessions. Led by CSE volunteer community members, learning groups explore conference topics from an entry level perspective by meeting prior to the conference session, attending the conference session together, and then meeting afterwards. BE attendees will meet with affinity group leads virtually prior to the conference and then meet daily with leads. Attendees will provide a 5-10 minute presentation on what was discovered and learned from the experience at the BE Wrap up session. All conference attendees are invited to attend the morning affinity group stand-ups and participate in expanding the educational experience of our BE attendees. Students who wish to attend the GAGS must pre-register by sending an email to

GAGS Standups

The first thing every morning at SIAM CSE21 the affinity groups will gather to discuss three questions:

What did we learn yesterday?
What are we planning on learning today?
What do we need to do today to get the final presentation complete?

GAGS Deliverable

Each group will present for a maximum of 10 minutes during the BE Wrap Up Session. Best practices in presentations say that no more than 5 slides should be used. Students will be required to create and deliver this presentation. In the slides we’d like the group to talk about:

What was their affinity group?
What were the pedagogical goals of the team?
Who was involved? (Leader, team, others?)
What did they learned?
What was the most effective ways to learn?
Particular talks/researchers they felt helped them?
What’s next?

Here is a list of the planned Guided Affinity Groups: