Summer research program for undergraduate students from under-represented populations


Application deadline extended to April 24, 2015 | Please share with students of all majors!

What is i3?
The iSchool Inclusion Institute (i3) is an undergraduate research and leadership development program that prepares students from underrepresented populations for graduate study and careers in the information sciences. Only 25 students from across the country are selected each year to become i3 Scholars. Those students undertake a yearlong experience that includes two summer institutes hosted by the University of Pittsburgh School of Information Sciences and a research project spanning the year.

Introductory Institute: June 14-July 10, 2015

Held on the main campus of the University of Pittsburgh

Participate in special-topic workshops that highlight the many specialties and research areas in the information sciences
Take part in professional development seminars led by industry and research experts that focus on graduate school applications, mentoring, résumé building, and networking
Complete two-week modules on research design and programming (beginner and advanced sessions) taught by PhD teaching fellows from top-tier iSchools
Form research teams and work with advisors to design a yearlong research project

Team Research Project
i3 Scholars return home and work with team members remotely to complete a year-long project

Each team is supported by a research advisor
Students gain experience with project management tools and collaborative technology
Interdisciplinary project topics blend social and technical aspects

Concluding Institute: Summer 2016, Two Weeks
i3 Scholars return to the main campus of the University of Pittsburgh to complete the program

Develop a research poster and co-present your team’s project
Learn about submitting your project to the iConference and other leading research conferences
Network with the new cohort of i3 Scholars and join the i3 Alumni Association

Program Funding and Benefits

Receive full funding for program expenses, including transportation to and from Pittsburgh, campus housing, and meals
Earn a stipend while you complete the program: $1,200 for the Introductory Institute | $600 for the Concluding Institute
Prepare for the GRE with free training sessions

The iSchool Inclusion Institute (i3) is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and is hosted by the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Information Sciences.

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