2018 i3 Summer Research Program for Underrepresented Students Hosted at the University of Pittsburgh | Open to Students of All Majors


Application Deadline: February 16, 2018
2018 i3 Summer Research Program for Underrepresented Students
Hosted at the University of Pittsburgh | Open to 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 Computing and Information and a research project spanning the year.

Introductory Institute: June 17-July 14, 2018

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 2019, 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 networking with professionals 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, students can find a program that meets their interests.

Research Project Publications
i3 Scholars work remotely to complete their yearlong research projects under the guidance of an advisor. Once they complete the program, i3 Scholars are encouraged to submit their projects for publication at academic conferences. Over 20 projects have been published at conferences such as iConference, CSCW, and IEEE SeGAH (a sample of past projects is listed below). i3 Scholars receive travel funding to present their work at conferences.

  • Information Occupation: Using Information Science to Explore the Occupy Wall Street Social Movement
  • #ReproHealth: A State-Based Investigation of Reproductive Health Rights Policy and Social Media Activity
  • To Give or Not to Give: How Does Emotion Evoked from Crowdfunding Videos Influence Donations
  • The Customer Is Always Right: Analyzing Existing Market Feedback to Improve TVs
  • iGo Green: A 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
  • Hacked: A Qualitative Analysis of Media Coverage of the Sony Breach
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 with responses to three short essay questions
  • Two letters of recommendation must be submitted online by your references
  • Upload your undergraduate transcripts as part of your online application

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Only 25 Scholar placements are available in the 2018 cohort. Early applications will receive priority consideration.

All application materials must be received by February 16, 2018.

13th (2016) By Ava DuVernay – Browning Cinema: Oct. 5, 2017 -Free (ticketed) Event

13th (2016)
New at the Browning Cinema
Thursday Oct 5, 2017 — 7:00 P.M.

Get Tickets

13th (2016)

Ava DuVernay examines the disproportionate number of African-Americans among those incarcerated in the United States and the roots of the prison industrial complex.

Dialogue Circles follow.

This is a free but ticketed event. Tickets will only be available for pick-up one hour prior to the performance. To guarantee your reservation please pick-up your Will Call tickets at least 15 minutes prior to the performance. In the event of a sell out, unclaimed Will Call tickets will be used to seat patrons waiting on standby.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Social Concerns

Penn State University: Postdoctoral Scholar – Africana Research Center OPPORTUNITY

Postdoctoral Scholar – Africana Research Center

The Africana Research Center invites applications for a one-year postdoctoral scholar position in any aspect of African, African American and Diaspora Studies, beginning July 1, 2018. During their residency, scholars have no teaching or administrative responsibilities, though they may request a teaching assignment. They will be matched with a mentor, attend professional development sessions and other relevant events, and be expected to be active in Penn State’s community of Africana researchers. Successful applicants must have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. within the previous four academic years. Salary/benefit package is competitive.

To be considered for this position, submit complete application packets including cover letter describing your research and goals for the scholarship year, a curriculum vita (6 page maximum), and a writing sample of no more than 30 double-spaced pages. Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2017, and continue until the position is filled. Please arrange for three letters of reference to be addressed to the attention of the ESSS Selection Committee and submitted as e-mail attachments to africanacenter@la.psu.edu.

Please direct questions about the process via e-mail to africanacenter@la.psu.edu

Apply online at https://psu.jobs/job/73561

Hesburgh Libraries: Center for Digital Scholarship: Workshops – Sign Up NOW!

Center for Digital Scholarship Workshops
Monday, October 2, 2017
Basic Satellite Imagery Analysis
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Matthew Sisk, PhD
Using wavelengths of light beyond what our eyes can see, multi-spectral satellite imagery can tell us a lot about the earth’s environment. This workshop will present both the main types of satellite imagery available for GIS and remote sensing applications and some of the different analytical techniques. No previous use of satellite imagery is necessary, but some understanding of the fundamentals of GIS would be useful.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
How to Write in a Book
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Eric Lease Morgan
This workshop illustrates and demonstrates a technique for writing in books for the purposes of “active reading”. The only reason one has been taught not to write in books is because the books were literally valuable and intended to be shared. With the advent to so many things “born digital”, it is entirely possible to download, print, and bind one’s own books or sets of journal articles. Such things have little monetary value, and are certainly not intended to be shared. Through an active reading process — the writing in books — one can review, retain, and comprehend so much more even with a single pass over a text. Akin to diagramming sentences, the techniques described in this workshop enable you to quickly and easily identify names, dates, definitions, numbers, citations, examples, bulleted lists, numbered lists, quotes, hyperlinks, items of questionable authority, items of interest, and items of person noteworthiness in any printed thing markable with a pencil or pen. Get more out of your reading. Write in books.
Friday, October 6, 2017
Introduction to Text Mining
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Eric Lease Morgan
This hands-on class affords participants to learn the benefits of using computers to analyze textual corpora such as a collection of books or journal articles. Sometimes called “distant” or “scalable” reading, text mining – a form of digital humanities research – is a way to literally count & tabulate the frequency of words (or phrases) in a text in order to find patterns & anomalies within it. Based on the resulting analysis, it is possible to more quickly learn what a corpus is about when compared to reading the corpus without the use of a computer. There are no prerequisites, but participants may want to bring their own laptop to the session.
Unless otherwise noted, all CDS workshops take place in the CDS Classroom (Room 129), Hesburgh Library 1st Floor Northeast.
Questions? cds@nd.edu

University of Notre Dame: Unscheduled Maintenance Alert – Please Read!

During an unscheduled maintenance window from 12:30-1:30PM, Amazon Web Services will be conducting maintenance on the network connection between Amazon and the University of Notre Dame network. Throughout this maintenance window, there may be intermittent connectivity issues to Library resources that reside in Amazon Web Services.

The following services may be impacted:
Architecture Drawings
Rabbit MQ
Time Tracker
Annex IMS
Fresh Writing
Library Website
Asset Server
Archives Website

If you have specific questions, please let me know.

Thank you,

Ian Alford
Manager, Enterprise Systems Unit

Hesburgh Libraries

Irish1 Re-Carding Initiative 9:00am-4:00pm September 11th-15th, 2017 Hesburgh Library

Next week, the Irish1 re-carding initiative will come to the Hesburgh Library.  Re-carding stations will be set up in the west end of the Concourse, outside of the Fishbowl.  The stations will be open 9am – 4pmSeptember 11th – 15th.  Students, faculty and staff can all take advantage of this opportunity to exchange their current ID card for their new Irish1 Card.  You must bring your current ID card to exchange for your new Irish1 card.

For more information about the new Irish1 Card, please see:  https://irish1card.nd.edu/new-irish1card/

Best Regards,
Kelly McNally, Executive Administrator-Hesburgh Libraries, University of Notre Dame

1967—On This Day: Thurgood Marshall confirmed as Supreme Court justice

On this day in 1967, Thurgood Marshall becomes the first African American to be confirmed as a Supreme Court justice. He would remain on the Supreme Court for 24 years before retiring for health reasons, leaving a legacy of upholding the rights of the individual as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.

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From a young age, Marshall seemed destined for a place in the American justice system. His parents instilled in him an appreciation for the Constitution, a feeling that was reinforced by his schoolteachers, who forced him to read the document as punishment for his misbehavior. After graduating from Lincoln University in 1930, Marshall sought admission to the University of Maryland School of Law, but was turned away because of the school’s segregation policy, which effectively forbade blacks from studying with whites. Instead, Marshall attended Howard University Law School, from which he graduated magna cum laude in 1933. (Marshall later successfully sued Maryland School of Law for their unfair admissions policy). More Information