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Dine\Coffee With a Prof Program

The Dine-With-a-Prof and Coffee-With-a-Prof programs allow undergraduate students to get coffee or dine with one of their esteemed faculty members or graduate teaching assistants for free!

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Undergraduate students may participate in the Dine-With-a-Prof program once per quarter during the academic year and the Coffee-With-a-Prof program twice per quarter during the academic year.  Neither program runs through summer sessions.

Interested?

Here's how the programs work.

Step 1:

Check with YOUR college to make sure that there are vouchers available.

E-mail your college’s program representative to check if there are vouchers available:

 

Step 2:

Contact your professor or graduate teaching assistant (TA) and choose a date, time, and location to meet for coffee or a meal.

Dine-With-a-Prof Program Locations
Check the appropriate website for operating hours
-The Bistro
-Sixty-Four North
-The Faculty Club
-Zanzibar Cafe
Coffee-With-a-Prof Program Locations
Check the appropriate website for operating hours!
-The Art of Espresso (Mandeville Center)
-Cups Outdoor Cafe (courtyard in front of Jacobs School of Engineering)
-Fairbanks Coffee Cart (5 locations: Center Hall, Warren Hall, Social Science Building, SOM, and Revelle Plaza)
-Muir Woods Coffee House (MOM-Middle of Muir, downstairs from Pines)
-Perks Coffee Shop (bottom floor of UCSD Bookstore)
Example Invitation:
Dear Professor Smith,
My name is John Muir and I'm currently a student in your ENVR 101 course.  Would you be interested in having lunch or coffee this quarter?  I'd really like to get to know more about your research and how you got started in your field.  There are two great programs (Dine-With-A-Professor and Coffee-With-A-Professor) that will let us get coffee or lunch for free!
Thank you an I look forward to hearing from you!
-John

 

Step 3:

AFTER your professor or TA have confirmed everything in step 2, stop by your college's Student Affairs Office to sign up and pick up your voucher.  This voucher is your ticket to free food or free coffee and can only be redeemed by the professor at a participating location.

  • Revelle College – Revelle Administration Building (map)
  • John Muir College – Student Affairs Desk, H&SS Room 2126 (map)
  • Thurgood Marshall College – Dean of Student Affairs Office, northeast wing of TMC Admin Bldg (map)
  • Warren College –  Reserve online for Coffee or Dine with the password found in the weekly events e-mail. Pick up voucher at Warren Student Affairs, EBU3B Room 1148 (map)
  • Eleanor Roosevelt College – ERC Administration Building, Room 300 (map)
  • Sixth College – Sixth College Administration Building, 2nd floor of Pepper Canyon Hall (map)

 

Step 4:

Enjoy your time with your professor or TA!  If you want some conversation starters for your meeting, see the Table Topics below!

Table Topics

-How did you get interested in your field?
-How have you seen ______ field grow and develop in the past few years?
-What changes do you anticipate in the field?
-What do you believe are the hottest growth areas in your field?
-What advice do you have for someone just entering the field?
-What do you like to do when you’re not teaching?
-Where are you from? Where have you traveled?

 

Step 5:

Give us feedback!  At the end of the quarter, you will receive an invitation to participate in a survey about your experience with the program.  Please fill this out as all feedback is welcome and helps us improve the program!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is Eligible to Participate?
Student eligibility: The program is open to all currently enrolled UCSD undergraduate students.
If another student would like to join your lunch or coffee, that student must pick up a separate meal voucher at her/ his college of registration.
Faculty eligibility: The professor or graduate teaching assistant must be currently employed by the university. They cannot be staff, administrative advisors, or counselors.

Can multiple students take the same professor out to lunch or coffee together?
Yes, students may coordinate up to 3 people per event. Each student must obtain their own meal card to participate.

Can I participate in the program more than once per academic year?
Yes, students may participate once each academic quarter for lunch, and up to two times per quarter for coffee.

Can I invite my Graduate TA to lunch or coffee, instead of a professor?
Yes, students may invite their graduate TAs.

What if I am not currently enrolled in a class with a professor or TA that I am interested in taking to lunch or coffee — can I still invite them?
Of course! However, the professor or TA must be currently employed by the university.

Something came up and we have to reschedule.  What should I do?
Not a problem!  As long as you use the voucher before the end of the quarter, there won't be an issue!

I lost my meal card — can I get a replacement card?
No, we cannot give out replacement meal cards, as cards are limited.

How should I decide which facility to eat lunch or get coffee at?
Ask your professor if they have a preference. The Faculty Club offers a casual dining atmosphere with a buffet-style lunch. Zanzibar Café provides a lively dining experience with café-style ordering.

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