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Student Opportunities

Upcoming hackathons and competitions Heading link

The University of Iowa is hosting HACKUIOWA in Iowa City October 15-16. This 2-day, non-stop hackathon is open to all university students that have a passion for creating things with technology. Students from all domains and programs are welcome to participate. A travel stipend of up to $250 per team is available.

University of Tennessee Martin hosts its Technology against Tornado Student Competition and Expo The contest is designed to inspire and engage students by transforming their innovative ideas into real-world functional products to empower communities against tornadoes. Letter of intent to participate due November 1.

US Department of Energy CyberForce Competition The annual CyberForce Competition will be held as a hybrid competition this year on November 4-5, 2022. Registration will open in early July and close mid-August. All participants of the CyberForce® Program will be invited to join a virtual career fair held in the Fall of 2022. Industry, national laboratories, and federal agencies will be in attendance to recruit for jobs and internships for their agencies.




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Internships and other opportunities Heading link

  • Argonne National Laboratory internships: Visit the lab’s Graduate Programs or Undergraduate Programs pages for further information. There are multiple internship programs in different fields, and application requirements and dates may vary for each.
  • Google’s 2023A CS Research Mentorship Program: This 12-week mentorship program aims to support students from historically marginalized groups to progress in computing research pathways. This can include students with marginalized gender and racial/ethnic identities, students with disabilities, students from low socioeconomic status, first-generation students, and intersections of these groups and others. Learn more and apply now for the January-April mentorship cycle.

Scholarships Heading link

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.

Why do hackathons? Heading link

participants in Google Tech Challenge

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.)

Research Experiences for Undergraduates Heading link

student attending an REU at another university

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.