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What it is:

The Computation Institute (CI) hosts a summer internship program for advanced high school and college students to gain exposure to research. Students are given a chance to participate in various research projects that share a common theme of applying computational and data science techniques to different scientific problems. Previous projects have focused on areas such as textual analysis of Wikipedia, development of recommendation algorithms for data placement, statistical analysis of hospital data, network analysis of distributed file transfer networks, machine learning to disambiguate authors and classify entities, and development of customized web portals to support domain scientists. These projects span scientific domains including social science, climate and energy policy, computer science, materials science, and biomedical research.

How it works:

Students are paired with CI mentors (researchers and developers) and assigned a project. Projects vary significantly and are suitable for students with varied experience levels and competencies. We accept students with very diverse backgrounds, from schools around the Chicago area (and around the country), and we work with students to assign projects that match their interests and abilities.

The CI summer program lasts between 8-12 weeks with flexible start and end dates dependent on students’ commitments and school terms.

The program includes a stipend to support students over the summer period.

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What you can expect:

In addition to actively working with CI mentors and other summer interns, the program hosts weekly meetings for summer students and their mentors. This meeting provides an opportunity to share progress, discuss challenges, and interact with other students and researchers. Each week we will invite faculty, researchers, postdocs, and other students to present their work. We also host a full day hackathon that exposes students to a variety of different projects. Last year, projects focused on building hardware and software using Arduino and Raspberry Pi.  We will also organize a field trip to visit Argonne National Laboratory’s Advanced Photon Source and Argonne Leadership Computing Facility.

How to participate:

Interested students are encouraged to look at the research projects described on the CI web page (https://ci.uchicago.edu/) and explore the many CI centers (https://ci.uchicago.edu/research-centers) that participate in the program.

To apply, please complete the application form.

For further information please contact Kyle Chard (chard@uchicago.edu).

Timeline:
Applications Due: March 10
Notification: March 27
Program:  June-September

Past Participants

2016 Students

Miles Grogger
Ben Glick
Joanna Cohen
Justin Whitehouse
Ethan Truelove
Janine Liu
Joshua Kaplan
Wanqi Zhu
Theodore Ando
Logan Young

2015 Students

Ben Glick
Jonathan Lipman
Theodore Ando
Logan Young
Joanna Cohen
Billy Hoffmann
Miles Grogger

2014 Students

Logan Young
Joanna Cohen
Carah Alexander
Miles Grogger
Jack Reece
Peter Hadlaw

2013 Students

Jack Reece
Rachel Conley
Jonathan Portugal
Peter Hadlaw
Max Archer

2012 Students

Matt Lee
Jeremy Archer
Patricia Perrozo
Rahul Mehta
Alex Kordas
Jonathan Portugal
​Peter Hadlaw