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
i3 Scholars return home and work with team members remotely to complete a yearlong 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.