New Members

Welcome to the PRL! The instructions below will help you get situated in the lab.

  1. Get your student ID (a.k.a. Husky Card) from a pick-up location. Visit WVH 202 and/or send mail to to register your card to unlock WVH 308, WVH 330, WVH 366, and your private office (if you have one).
  2. Apply for a CCIS account using these instructions. This account comes with a email address and allows you to access various computers around the college. Make sure you are able to print using the gaugin (in WVH 308) or renoir (outside WVH 366) printers; see this page for help, or visit the CCIS Help Desk in WVH 312.
  3. Coordinate with the lab member in charge of the people page (see the Contact page) to add your picture and bio, as well as to add yourself to the prl-students and/or prl-staff mailing list, as appropriate.
  4. Join the lab's IRC channel, #prl, on Freenode. Current lab members can help you get started on IRC if you've never used it before. Prospective students are welcome to ask questions on IRC, too!
  5. Sign up for the mailing lists for the PL Seminar and the PL Jr. seminar (links on the Seminars page), and check the calendar for upcoming talks. You may also wish to subscribe to the Harvard PL list (calendar) and MIT PL list to be notified about their talks.
  6. If you need a private place to store code, there is both a CCIS-managed GitHub instance and a NuPRL organization on GitHub. To get access to the nuprl organization, ask the webmaster to add you as a member.
  7. Follow @neu_prl on Twitter.
  8. Finally, if you haven't already found a place to live, this map (compiled by Northeastern CS grad students) can help you narrow down where to live in Boston. Colors on shaded regions indicate roughly how good the area is for grad students (green = good, yellow = okay, red = bad), and you can click on the regions and pins for more information

    You might also find these maps (not compiled by grad students, or affiliated in any way with Northeastern University or the Programming Research Lab) helpful:

More grad-student-specific information about Northeastern's College of Computer and Information Science can be found on the grad wiki.