Curious about computer science?

CS KickStart is a week-long introduction to computer science for Michigan freshmen with little to no experience!

Learn to Code

Get hands-on programming experience with guidance from current students.

Connect with Students

Meet other students interested in the same fields you're considering.

Explore Careers

Think software engineering is the only thing you can do with a CS degree? Think again!

2021 Organizers

Mairna Askar

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Mairna will be a senior in the college of Literature, Science, and the Arts. She is majoring in Computer Science and International Studies, thanking her success in CS to this very program. Having no clue what she wanted to study nor thought she’d be pursuing a major in STEM before college, she was inspired by CS KickStart as she found the potential in Computer Science and how it can help create an amazing impact in the world. When she isn’t in school, Mairna loves to explore new places, workout, and watch as many Ted Talks as she can.

Rachel Holmes

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Rachel will be a senior studying computer science and business. She had the opportunity to be a participant in the 2018 program, says that CS Kickstart gave her the confidence to pursue computer science knowing that there is a supportive community surrounding her and that she has the ability to successfully make an impact in the future of tech. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends, and trying new restaurants and activities in Ann Arbor!


Divya Ramamoorthy

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Divya will be a junior in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, studying computer science and French. She's super grateful to CS KickStart for providing her with a supportive community coming into college, and for introducing her to many of the impactful potential paths in the field of computer science. Divya thanks CS KickStart for giving her confidence in her EECS courses and for helping her meet some of her best friends! Outside of school, she loves drinking boba with friends, practicing Indian Classical dance, and going to UMich sporting events.

Sydney Swider

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Sydney will be a junior in the college of Literature, Science, and the Arts planning on majoring in computer science and minoring in biochemistry, thanking her introduction to CS to this very program. Coming into college planning on going premed, her world was irrevocably changed after her amazing week in this program. She was motivated by CS KickStart to explore this field she didn't know anything about before, and fell in love. When she isn’t in school, Sydney enjoys adventuring, crafting (you will probably see some of her scrunchie creations), and spending time with friends!

Deborah Chung

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Debby will be a sophomore in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, studying computer science and Art History. She's grateful to CS KickStart for providing her with a judgement-free community and some of her closest friends at U-Mich during COVID, and for providing so many great resources for CS KickStart alumni. Debby was not sure of what to pursue coming into college, and CS KickStart was the perfect program that introduced her to the field of tech. In her free time, she loves painting/drawing, trying new foods, and watching a good movie!