Summer Research Program

The Thomas M. Siebel Center for Computer Science, home to Illinois Computer Science.
The Thomas M. Siebel Center for Computer Science, home to Illinois Computer Science.

In the Illinois Computer Science Summer Research Program (SRP), students work with Illinois faculty mentors and graduate students over the summer to get an introduction to computer science research. This is an outstanding opportunity for aspiring scientists and faculty to learn from leading experts in computer science.  

The Illinois CS SRP activities include networking and social events, weekly lunch and learn seminars covering topics such as research skills, presentation skills, and information about graduate school, including applications, career opportunities, etc.  The experience is capped off with an end-of-summer research symposium, allowing participants to share their work.

SRP Important Information

Learn more about program dates, format, and funding for the summer research program.

The SRP will take place from May 28 to July 28, 2024.

The SRP will take place in a hybrid format with both in-person and online offerings.

Funding, including rate of pay and number of hours of work, is determined on an individual basis between the participant and faculty research mentor after the student has been accepted to the program and matched with a faculty mentor.


Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 
However, students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Application Materials:

  • Name and contact information of one professional reference. This professional reference should be someone who can speak to your academic and/or research skills. This person does not need to be a CS professor. 
  • Current CV or Resume
  • Personal Statement: a 300-500 word statement of interest describing your personal goals and how you believe this research experience could help you achieve those goals.
  • Research Statement: describe any prior research experiences you may have had (not required) and what topics you would like to research this summer. 
  • Bio: a brief 150-word bio describing your academic and research background

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