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1 Undergraduate Research Experience Internships Andrea Danyluk, Williams College Jamika D. Burge, Information Systems Worldwide Co-Directors, Collaborative Research Experiences for Undergraduates (CREU)

2 CRA-W Computer Research Association Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research Mission increase the participation and success of women in computing research

3 What does CRA-W do? Individual & Group Research Mentoring Graduate Students Undergraduates Academic careers Industry/government Undergrads: Undergraduate Research Experiences Undergrads: Distinguished lecture role models Grad Cohort: group mentoring of grad students Grad Students: Discipline Specific Research workshops PhD Researchers: group mentoring of early & mid career@ CMW, CAPP, Hopper & Tapia 600+ students and PhD researchers a year

4 What is research?

5 What is Research? The search for knowledge – Establishing novel facts – Solving new or existing (but previously unsolved) problems – Proving new ideas – Developing new theories In CS – Developing new algorithms – Proving theorems – Building and evaluating systems – Empirical investigations – And much more Distinctly different from homework assignments and even big projects

6 Why participate in research opportunities?

7 Earn stipend, scholarship, or credit Think through (and even solve!) challenging problems Gain knowledge and expertise Work with accomplished researchers Prepare for graduate school Learn life-long skills Build professional relationships Apply and discover new ideas and methodologies Improve your communication abilities Contribute to a specific area of knowledge

8 What do research opportunities pay?

9 Research Opportunity Stipends and more Summer research – Stipends often range from $350 to $600 per week – Housing and meals Often included, but expect the stipend to be a bit lower Sometimes not included, but then expect the stipend to be a bit higher – Transportation subsidy Sometimes provided if you need to temporarily relocate Academic year research opportunities – Might provide a stipend (typically an hourly amount) – Often provide academic credit Intangibles – Personal and intellectual growth – A great thing to put on your resume – Publications (possibly) – Opportunities to present your work – Opportunities to travel to conferences – Contacts for future work – References for grad school and jobs

10 How do you find research opportunities?

11 How Do You Find Research Opportunities? What inspires or interests you? Ask your professors, advisor for opportunities. Visit research groups in your department Continue a project that you start in a class CS Department Summer/Research Programs Government and Public Sector – Office of Naval Research, Argonne National Laboratory, Department of Energy, IBM Organizations – NSF, CDC, CRA-W Use the web! – Google: “Undergraduate Research Engine” –

12 Getting the Research Experience Figure out what kind of research you’d like to do. – Research area, working for credit, summer research, paid or volunteer opportunity – What do you want to get out of the experience? – How many hours a week can you commit? (Most research requires at least 10 hours a week during the semester; 40 hours during the summer.) Learn the requirements for the position or opportunity. Keep in mind: Professors often require that you take at least one class with them prior to joining a research project.

13 Finding the Opportunities Apply! – IBM: US Student internships: IBM Research, For International Students: IBM Research, Extreme Blue (http://www- – Office of Naval Research: (Online application opens Oct. 1) – NSF: Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU): (August Deadline for faculty proposing REUs; Feb/March deadlines for students applying) – American Mathematical Society REU Programs: – NSERC USRA in Canada (inquire with your department to find out how it works at your university) – These and more can be found on the Computing Community Consortium (CCC)’s Undergraduate Research and Graduate Education page: opportunities.php opportunities.php Team up with your advisor, other students – NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates: – Coalition to Diversity Computing (CDC) and Computing Research Association- Women (CRA-W) CREU/DREU (May and February Deadlines, resp.) More information:

14 CRA-W/CDC Research Programs DREUCREU TimeSummer (10 weeks)Academic year (10-15 hrs/week) plus optional summer (10 weeks) Stipend per student $6000, relocation travel assistance $1500 per semester, $4000 summer LocationMentor’s institutionHome institution ApplicationStudents and mentors apply separately and are matched by the program (Due mid February) Students and mentors submit a proposal to work together the following year (Due early to mid May) Ask us for more information!

15 What does the application process involve?

16 Applying to Research Opportunities Faculty Research – Meet with Research Professor – Discuss expectations, including workload and compensation Research Programs – You will need to complete and submit an application Provide academic background information Submit an official transcript Write an essay Include recommendation letter(s) Follow up with an telephone or in-person interview

17 When do application deadlines typically fall?

18 When to apply Summer internships – Private companies and government labs Early January to February – NSF Summer REUs (including DREU!) Mid February to mid March – Your own college/university Often early in the calendar year as well – The dates above are typical final due dates – many start accepting applications and awarding positions much sooner. Don’t wait! Some companies and labs also have academic year programs – CREU proposals are due in May

19 What should you include in your resume?

20 Writing an Undergraduate Research Resume Relevant courses GPA – You’ll also typically need to submit a transcript Publications Major projects Work experience Languages, tools, etc – Level of proficiency Be careful, neat, and honest

21 What’s the most useful thing you learned today?

22 Contacts and Networking Many people have experience to share Use your contacts Don’t be afraid to network Be willing to provide help and advice to others You may have more resources than you think

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