Summer Research Opportunities in Computing

IU-SROC (Summer Research Opportunities in Computing) is a ten-week summer research program in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering designed to attract high potential minority and majority students into graduate school in the fields of computer science, bioinformatics, human centered computing, computer vision, health informatics, security, cloud computing, Interactive Intelligent Systems, text mining and high performance computing. Available projects will be listed soon.

Students will receive a $5000 stipend plus housing and a meal plan for this ten-week program.  This full time research experience includes work in the lab with a faculty and PhD student mentor, weekly professional development colloquia series, social activities, and other benefits such as an optional GRE prep course, and a technical writing workshop. At the conclusion of the program, all students participate in the IU Summer STEM Scholars research poster session and closing ceremony. Participants prepare both oral and written summaries of their research projects.

The 2017 IU-SROC program dates are May 19th through July 28th. Students should plan to arrive before 5:00 pm on Friday, May 19, 2017, and can depart after the Closing Luncheon scheduled from 10:30 am–1:30 pm on July 28th, 2017.

Funding from the National Science Foundation, the School of Informatics and Computing, and the IU-STEM Summer Scholars program supports IU-SROC. A limited number of positions are available to international students. Limited funding is available for international students.

How to apply

To be considered for the program, a completed application and supporting documents must be submitted by February 17, 2017

Apply Online

Please note that in the application you will be asked to select your top 5 projects of interest from those listed below.  Supporting documents that are required include:

  • one letter of recommendation from a faculty member and all available college transcripts.
  • all available college transcripts.

These must be sent directly to:

Indiana University School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering, ATTN:  IU SROC Program, 919 E. 10th Street, Bloomington, IN 47408

Q:  Where will I live?

A:  Each summer we have visiting student researchers in science, math, and technology who are housed together as a community in apartments on the Bloomington campus.  Our SICE program is managed in collaboration with them and your housing and meal plan arrangements are made through our office.  

Q:  Tell me about the other parts of the summer program.

A:  The research lab commitment is similar to having a full time job. Optional social events that are planned include weekend trips to King’s Island and French Lick, informal social gatherings, and more.  Weekly seminars are held to provide in depth knowledge of computing research and related skill development, and an optional GRE prep course is available in the evenings.

Q:  Is this program only for undergraduates?

A:  We do have a limited number of funds to support MS level students who are interested in pursuing a PhD.

Q:  What is the difference between IU-SROC and the IU Summer STEM Scholars Program?

A:  The two programs work collaboratively during the summer.  STEM Scholars focus on underrepresented talent in STEM disciplines and IU-SROC focuses on identifying and engaging with any student interested specifically in computing research.  Several of our programs are co-located and the overall experience is one full of a diversity of talent and disciplines that is enriching for all participants.