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Dine With a Prof Program

The Dine-With-a-Prof program allows undergraduate students to dine with one of their esteemed faculty members for free!

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Winter Quarter Updates:

Thank you for your interest and participation in Coffee & Dine with A Prof!

  • Dine-with-a-Prof is excited to announce a new partnership with HDH, bringing you 2 additional venues: The Bistro and Sixty-Four North!
  • Remember — before inviting a professor to lunch or coffee, check with your college’s Student Affairs Office to determine if vouchers are available.

You're invited to lunch with your professor, in a program sponsored by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and College Student Affairs Offices.

The program fosters informal, out-of-classroom interactions between you and your professors. It also gives you the opportunity to experience a professional dining atmosphere at the UC San Diego Faculty Club, or a more casual setting of Zanzibar @ the Loft.

Coffee With a Prof logoChoose Lunch or Coffee!

Under similar rules and procedures as Dine-With-a-Prof, the Coffee-With-a-Prof program allows you to take a faculty member/ graduate teaching assistant out to coffee at select coffee carts on campus, twice per quarter.

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How it works

After you've invited your professor out to lunch or coffee, obtain a program card at your college's Student Affairs Office.

The program card can be redeemed by the faculty member, with the undergraduate student as a guest, at one of the approved coffee / dining locations listed below.

Before requesting your program card, make sure you have:

  • Invited your professor or teaching assistant (TA), and confirmed a date and time.
  • The full name and e-mail address of the faculty member or TA in hand.
  • Chosen your location (see below for approved dining and coffee vendors).

How often / when you can participate

You may participate in the Dine-With-a-Prof program once per quarter during the academic year.

In addition, you may participate in the Coffee-With-a-Prof program twice per quarter during the academic year.

Neither program runs through summer sessions.

Who is eligible

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.

Where to sign up

After you choose the professor or TA who will be joining you for lunch/ coffee, visit your college’s Student Affairs Office to sign up and receive your free program card (Warren students should sign up online):

  • 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)

Dining vendors

For lunch, choose one and check the venue's website for current operating hours:

Coffee vendors

For a meeting over coffee, choose one:

Table topics

It’s easy to ask a professor a question in class or in office hours, but how do you start a conversation over coffee or lunch?

Here are some conversation starters to get you talking:

  • 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?

Frequently asked questions

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.

I lost my meal card — can a 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 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.

College contacts

E-mail your college’s program representative for more information about the program:

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