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CIS offers two diversity-focused summer programs

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Daryl Lovell

Students participate in the 2017 SoNIC Summer Research Workshop.

Computing and Information Science (CIS) is offering two summer programs designed to recruit and support underrepresented minorities in graduate computing fields.

The new Summer School on Designing Technology for Social Impact, aimed at those interested in doctoral-level research careers, joins the SoNIC Summer Research Workshop in providing all-expenses-paid, weeklong summer research programs. Both programs run June 18-22 and provide all travel costs, lodging and meals for student participants. Any student can apply for these programs, but they are aimed primarily at underrepresented minorities.

“Cornell CIS is committed to providing a supportive and inclusive environment for all students. We are especially looking for diverse students who are ready to tackle hard societal problems and take advantage of the many opportunities CIS has to offer,” said CIS Dean Greg Morrisett.

The SoNIC Summer Research Workshop, for rising sophomores to master’s degree students, centers around cloud computing (systems and networking). Students with backgrounds in computer science, electrical engineering, math and physics are eligible to apply. The SoNIC program is designed to encourage students to pursue a doctorate by experiencing systems and networking research firsthand using state-of-the-art methodologies and approaches.

The Summer School on Designing Technology for Social Impact, for rising seniors and graduate students, will analyze what values and voices are commonly embodied in technology and look at ways to design technologies to promote alternative perspectives and positive social impact. Students from a variety of disciplines are invited to attend, including informatics, computer science, science and technology studies, communication, product design and visual arts. The program aims to build a cohort of researchers and connect students to research and faculty members.

The application deadline is Friday, Feb 23. Email cis-diversityprograms@cornell.edu with questions.