Summer Research

Over the summer, most of our students do research or participate in internships at companies and programs across the world.

The department posts internship and summer job opportunities both on-line (to the CS-Students Google Group) and on the bulletin board outside room SCI E111.

Wellesley Science Center Summer Research Program: One of the popular locations for student summer research is the Wellesley Science Center Summer Research Program. The application deadline for the following summer is in February. In order to apply for a summer computer science project, you need to have found a summer project with a Computer Science faculty member. Some recent CS students who have participated in this program are Habiya Beg '07 (worked with Takis Metaxas in Summer '07), Karin To '06 (worked with Takis Metaxas in Summer '05) and Stella del Rosario '07 (worked with Brian Tjaden in Summer '05).

Undergraduate (REU) programs: In addition, there are many universities and colleges hosting NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) programs in the area of Computer Information Science and Engineering. Each school has its own deadline. Deadlines range from February through April, but many are March 1 or March 15. Some CS students who have participated in this program are Karyn Benson '06 (Harvey Mudd, Summer '05), Rebecca Shapiro '07 (Ithaca College, Summer '05), and Kristine Amari '05 (University of Colorado, Summer '04) , Paola Boettner '09 (Florida International University, Summer 08), Alya Solomon '09 (University of California, Santa Cruz, Summer '07, SUNY Binghamton, NY Summer '08). See the Intern Experiences page to what they thought about the REU. 

Distributed Mentor Project: Formerly the Distributed Mentor Project (DMP), the DREU program is a joint project between the Computing Research Association’s Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W) and the Coalition to Diversify Computing. The program seeks to increase the number of women entering graduate studies in the fields of computer science and engineering. This highly selective program matches promising undergraduate women with a faculty mentor for a summer research experience at the faculty member's home institution. This experience is invaluable for students who are considering graduate school, providing them with a close-up view of what graduate school is really like and also increasing their competitiveness as an applicant for graduate admissions and fellowships. Vasumathi Raman '07 and Catherine Grevet '09 participated in the DMP summer program at Carnegie Mellon University.

Knapp Instructional Technology Summer Interns: Looking for a great chance this summer to learn about instructional technology, have some fun with your classmates, and eat the finest pizza we can find? Information Services looks for roughly 10 Knapp Instructional Technology Summer Interns to work with instructional technology staff and with faculty to develop instructional applications. Most, but not all, of these projects would be web-based. Christina Pong '09 and Ewelina Oleszek '10 were Knapp Interns in the Summer 2007 and developed this very site!