PittInclusion is a paid undergraduate research program in collaboration with the Google Explore-CSR program that aims to foster a supportive, encouraging learning environment for historically underrepresented minority students in computer science. The program provides students with hands-on experience in computing research as well as professional development opportunities with the purpose of inspiring students to explore the possibility of pursuing graduate studies and research careers. PittInclusion aims to help guide students on how to navigate the field of computing as a minority while increasing their confidence with their technical skills. This year, we have 8 students conducting research with professors in the computer science department. The projects include work with teachable robots using natural language processing, detecting bias in academia by analyzing textbooks, and using machine learning to interpret ecological diagrams.
Students will be paired with faculty mentors and have the opportunity to work on computer science research projects in their areas of interest. The program will begin on March 14, 2022, with an introductory workshop and end on May 16, 2022, with final presentations given by students to demonstrate what they have worked on throughout the program. Faculty mentors will meet with students weekly to discuss their projects. Throughout the program, students will also have the opportunity to grow their practical skills by attending seminars given by successful researchers and industry professionals.
March 14: First workshop: Introduction
Half semester-long weekly workshops (weekly meetings with faculty until May 16)
May 16: Final workshop and presentation
April 22: Final Presentations