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. i3 prepares students for the rigors of graduate study and serves as a pipeline for i3 Scholars into internationally recognized information schools—the iSchools. Most importantly, i3 empowers students to create change and make an impact on the people around them.

i3 Scholars at a Glance

  • Cohorts range in size from 20-30 students per year
  • 158 students have participated in the program since 2011
    • 57% Women
    • 49% Black / African American
    • 23% Hispanic / Latinx
    • 12% Asian
    • 5% Multiracial
    • 2% Native American / Pacific Islander
  • 90% i3 Program Completion: Students have completed all components of the yearlong program
  • 70% Non-STEM to IS: Students who have enrolled in graduate programs in the information and computing sciences were non-STEM majors in their undergraduate education
  • 43 Publications: i3 team research projects have produced publications at peer-reviewed academic conferences, including: iConference, CSCW, IEEE SeGAH, Serious Play Conference, and SOUPS
  • 54% in Grad Programs: Students who have completed an undergraduate degree and the i3 program have applied to, started, or completed a graduate degree – 2 times the national average


Introductory Institute: Summer 1, June and July, Four Weeks

Held on the main campus of the University of Pittsburgh

  • Special-topic workshops that highlight the many specialties and research areas in the information sciences
  • Professional development sessions led by industry and research experts that focus on graduate school applications, mentoring, résumé building, and networking
  • 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
  • Gain experience with project management tools and collaborative technology
  • Interdisciplinary project topics blend social and technical aspects

Concluding Institute: Summer 2, June and July, Two Weeks

i3 Scholars return to the main campus of the University of Pittsburgh to complete the program

  • Develop a research poster and co-present 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 most meals
  • i3 scholars also receive a stipend:
  • $1,200 for the Introductory Institute
  • $600 for the Concluding Institute
  • GRE test preparation is included in the Introductory Institute

2019 Program Dates

The Introductory Institute—for new i3 Scholars—will be held June 16 – July 13, 2019.

The Concluding Institute—for returning 2018 i3 Scholars—will be held July 1 – July 13, 2019.