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Summer research program for undergraduate students from underrepresented 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 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 copresent 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.

i3 Scholars explore the information sciences and graduate school opportunities while learning from faculty and researchers from across the country

What are the Information Sciences?
People. Information. Technology.
The information sciences focus on helping people to discover better information, design and use better technology, and make better decisions to solve problems. Whether those problems are in business, medicine, education, the arts, or any number of other fields, information professionals are able to grapple with the challenges and opportunities of the digital age.
i3 welcomes students from all majors and academic disciplines. The information sciences are incredibly diverse and interdisciplinary. With so many different specializations, there’s a home for every student and scholar.

Examples of Team Research Projects

  • Information Occupation: Using Information Science to Explore the Occupy Wall Street Social Movement
  • iGo Green: An Environmental Life Cycle Assessment of Apple's iPhone
  • Entering the Boys' Club: An Analysis of Female Representation in Video Game Culture
  • Social Network Identity: Facebook, Twitter, and Identity Negotiation Theory
  • Tweet for Democracy: Examining the Monitorial Citizen
  • "Our Experiences Are Not Unique": An Exploratory Study of Common Motivators and Inhibitors for Latinas in STEM Fields
  • To Give or Not to Give: How Does Emotion Evoked from Crowdfunding Videos Influence Donations

Who Should Apply?

  • Undergraduate students enrolled in, or have recently graduated from, an accredited college or university in the US
  • Students enrolled in any academic major
  • Students who have an interest in graduate school and research opportunities
  • Students who are open to exploring the information sciences and its many interdisciplinary fields
  • Individuals that are committed to diversity and increasing opportunities for underrepresented populations
  • U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents

How to Apply:

  • Submit an online application form including responses to essay questions
  • Two letters of recommendation must be submitted online by your references
  • Official undergraduate transcripts can emailed to i3info@pitt.edu or mailed to:

iSchool Inclusion Institute (i3)
University of Pittsburgh
School of Information Sciences
135 N. Bellefield Avenue, Room 603
Pittsburgh, PA 15260 

Applications to the 2015 i3 cohort are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Application Deadline: April 24, 2015


EIP is sponsored by The Office of Minority Affairs.

Early Identification Program
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