HCII Summer Undergraduate Research Program

professor Jason Hong speaking in front of class

About the program

Carnegie Mellon’s Summer Research Program in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute is an opportunity for undergraduate students to spend 10 weeks at the University’s #1-ranked School of Computer Science. 

A variety of topics are available in diverse areas at the intersection of psychology, computer science, human-computer interaction interfaces and language technologies. The diversity of research happening in the HCII gives students the opportunity to conduct cutting-edge research on projects including smart classroom sensors, educational games, accessibility, online health support groups, tools for citizen science, smartphone privacy tools, future of work, and much more. 

While here, students will work closely with some of the world’s leading Human-Computer Interaction researchers. This work will have the potential for publication and significant impact on the future of HCI.

This program is geared towards undergraduate students entering their junior or senior year. 


Who should apply? 

  • You have an interest in research in human-computer interaction.

  • You have a demonstrated success in introductory undergraduate computer science, psychology, or design courses.

  • You are a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident.

    • Important to note: The majority of our funding comes from the National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) Program. Undergraduate student participants supported with NSF funds in either REU Supplements or REU Sites must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or permanent residents of the United States. An undergraduate student is a student who is enrolled in a degree program (part-time or full-time) leading to a baccalaureate or associate degree. Students who are transferring from one college or university to another and are enrolled at neither institution during the intervening summer may participate. High school graduates who have been accepted at an undergraduate institution but who have not yet started their undergraduate study are also eligible to participate. Students who have received their bachelor's degrees and are no longer enrolled as undergraduates are generally not eligible to participate.