i4 Latest News:

  • i4 Summer 2024 internship application for NSCI students is now OPEN and are due on February 29, 2024. APPLY HERE.

  • Join us on Friday March 1st @ 1pm at the NSCI Senior Symposium keynote speech by Kurtis Minder about "Cybersecurity: More than a Career, a Purpose". More details in this flyer.

  • i4 interns, Saraya AlSaffar (Bioinformatics ’23), Jacob Brandis (Computer Science ’23), and Madison Pierre (Computer Science ’23), were featured in the St. Edward's news article sharing their internship experience during Summer 2022: Launching Students into STEM Careers

Our Mission

The mission of the Institute for Interdisciplinary Science (i4) is to build capacity in interdisciplinary sciences, informatics, and emerging technologies as we increase students’ readiness for the 4th Industrial Revolution. The Institute is an educational and professional framework that fosters cross-sector partnerships and interdisciplinary collaborations. To this end, the Institute (i) coordinates on-campus interdisciplinary events that challenge us to explore complicated problems with cross-disciplinary approaches; (ii) organizes cross-sector cooperative agreements with public and private entities around the Austin, TX area and beyond; (iii) exposes STEM majors to the postgraduate landscape by networking them with employers and graduate programs through guaranteed internships; (iv) funds faculty and student professional development by offering awards to faculty and micro-credentialing tuition awards to students; and (v) catalyzes faculty advancement, interdisciplinary collaborations, and innovative research through the presentation of research opportunity awards.

Together, these activities facilitate the preparation of students for the 4th Industrial Revolution, which is a recently embarked era where biological, digital, and physical systems coalesce to connect people, objects, and disciplines. The consensus among world leaders and prominent academics is that interdisciplinary education, industry-academia cross-talks, data science and informatics, and the development of adaptive STEM graduates who can innovate in a climate of change are pivotal for success in the 4th Industrial Revolution. 

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We Prepare Next-Level STEM Graduates

"STEM graduates who can adapt and innovate in a climate of change are pivotal for success in the 4th Industrial Revolution. Our National Science Foundation-funded Institute for Interdisciplinary Science (i4) focuses on increasing students’ readiness for this global revolution brought on by smart technology. The institute builds skills in interdisciplinary sciences, informatics and emerging technologies. Students can tap into paid summer research internships, tuition awards for STEM courses not offered at St. Edward’s; events and keynote speakers; networking with employers and graduate programs; and more". Read the full story.

SEU to You

What is the 4th Industrial Revolution? Associate Professor of Computer Science Bilal Shebaro shares opportunities for internships, micro-certifications and events offered by the Institute for Interdisciplinary Science (i4 Institute) to prepare students for this very exciting time in which we live


This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1832282

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