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Chris Jackson Computer Science Education Scholarship: This $5,000 scholarship is awarded to a new recipient every six months. Applicants will be required to discuss their interest in pursuing a computer science degree, their career aspirations, and why they think they should receive the award. Learn more, find out the next available application deadline, and submit your application here.
Illinois Student Assistance Commission: The iGROW Tech Scholarship program will be available starting the 2024-2025 academic year. It was developed to help recruit and train individuals to work in high-demand technology jobs. The iGROW Tech Scholarship is currently in the program development stage, so you can learn more and sign up to receive updates as they become available on the application process.
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We strongly encourage UIC CS students to sign up for hackathon competitions. Here are some reasons why:
- Meeting new people. Not just potential employers—who might watch a hackathon for potential new hires—but also fellow students.
- Developing your résumé. Hackathons let you showcase the skills you’ve developed in class and build some new ones.
- Enhancing your job interviews. Hackathons make you a more interesting interviewee. You can talk about how you approached a problem, the solutions you considered, and which skills you brought to the table.
- Winning! (Of course.)
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UIC students have placed highly in these hackathon events:
- BuiltWorlds Hackathon 2019: Riccardo Pressiani, Matteo Foglio, Guido Muscioni, Francesco Sgherzi, Chiara Gambacorta, and Giulia Soresini, Grand Prize
- Google Tech Challenge 2019: 3rd place, 5th place
- MIT Energy Hack 2018: Chirag Soni, MS ’19
- BuiltWorlds Hackathon 2018: Giovanni Agugini Bassi, Iacopo Olivo, and Francesco Pinci, all MS ’19
- Mobility Hackathon Chicago: The Roiti (team of five MS ’19 students)
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Research experiences for undergraduates—called REUs for short—offer undergraduate students the opportunity to complete career-building research projects over the summer. REUs are competitive (with students chosen for the research positions by application) and often are held at universities other than your home institution. Most REUs are sponsored with funding from the National Science Foundation and typically come with a stipend that you can use to cover living expenses and other costs. Other REUs are offered by various government agencies and non-profits.
REUs make excellent résumé entries and offer valuable hands-on experience that you can talk about in job interviews. If you have your eye on a master’s degree or PhD after graduation, REUs provide a head start on building your research experience and could give you insight on what you might like to pursue in graduate school.
Think of REUs as a great way to get research experience while trying out living in a different place.
- SoNIC Summer Research Workshop, Cornell University is a program designed to broaden the participation of undergraduates who want to pursue a graduate education and academic career in tech. The two week session runs fron June 17 to June 28, with the first week remote and second week on campus. Application deadline February 12.
- The NASA DEVELOP National Program addresses environmental and public policy issues through interdisciplinary research projects. Learn more at one of two information sessions on January 19th and February 13. Application deadline February 23 for summer 2024 positions.
- Johns Hopkins Tenth Jelinek Summer Workshop on Speech and Language Technology This workshop includes a two-week summer school in human language technology, followed by a six-week research workshop on speech and language engineering. The workshop will be held workshop will be held at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.Undergrad applications accepted through March 4.
- Florida International University’s Advanced Secured Sensor Enabling Technologies summer REU will include work in the areas of security and privacy, machine and federated learning, mobile and wireless networks and systems, and advanced secure sensor enabling technologies. The program includes a travel expenses, housing, meal allowance, and a stipend. Application includes a February 27 early decision deadline, and rolling application deadline of April 16.
- Florida International University’s Security of Smart Things REU is open to rising sophomores through seniors, and includes a stipend, travel expenses, housing, and meal allowance. Application deadline February 23.