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i4 Summer 2023 internship application is now CLOSED. Thank you all for your submissions. Applications are under review.
Watch Dr. Hayes's keynote speech here, also available in 360 view here
"Making Our Future with Artificial Intelligence into One We Want"
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
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.
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.
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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
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Director of the Institute for Interdisciplinary Sciences (i4) and Associate Professor of Computer Science
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Claire Edwards, PhD
i4 Leadership Team and Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
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Charles Hauser, PhD
i4 Leadership Team and Associate Professor of Bioinformatics
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Paul Walter, PhD
i4 Leadership Team and Associate Professor of Physics
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Internship Opportunities for Students
The Institute for Interdisciplinary Science (i4) is currently coordinating PAID summer internships for NSCI students interested in working at non-profit or for-profit partners sites. These 8 - 10 week in-workplace or "remote" training opportunities are designed to expand the preparation of STEM students as they engage in research and development (R&D) projects in a high-paced and competitive setting. Additionally, these experiences allow students to learn about the professional expectations from an employer regarding job responsibilities, firm deadlines, budgetary constraints, and technical knowledge needed for a particular R&D project.
For participation in the Summer 2023 program applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are currently enrolled at St. Edward’s University in the School of Natural Sciences and will be entering their junior or senior year in Fall 2023. At this time i4 cannot accept applications from graduating seniors (May 2023).
- Pay: $16.25/hour (that is $6,500 if employed fulltime for 10 weeks, subject to applicable taxes based upon your employment status with St. Edward's University).
- Internship Period: Up to 10 weeks of fulltime employment (40 hours/week) during Summer 2023.
- Application Deadline: All applications must be received by Feb. 28, 2023.
Summer 2023 Call for Industry Partners, see: Call for Industry Partners.
Summer 2023 Internship Guidelines, see: Internship Guidelines.
Summer 2023 Internship Industry Partners and Projects are listed HERE.
Internship Application for Summer 2023 is NOW CLOSED.
Tuition Awards for Extramural Certifications and Micro-Credentialing
The Institute for Interdisciplinary Science (i4) is currently offering tuition awards for specialized training and micro-credentialing to NSCI undergraduates. These tuition awards will aid in the transition to the 4th industrial revolution workplace, allow St. Edward’s students to stay on pace with emerging technologies, and train future employees for the sophisticated STEM labor market.
TUITION AWARD INFORMATION
This tuition award program provides three classes of tuition awards for certificates or micro-credentialing:
- Up to $250
- $251 to $1,000
- $1,001 to $2,000
Applications for tuition awards for certifications and micro-credentials are accepted throughout the year. While multiple applications may be submitted, we will prioritize impacting as many students as possible during any single grant year. There is a cap of $2000 per academic year per student. Students typically receive feedback on their applications within two weeks.
All tuition award submissions must be associated to courses that grant certificates or micro-credentials and prepare students for the 4th Industrial Revolution. This tuition award is to be used for courses not offered at St. Edward’s University.
For tuition award categories and examples, see: CATEGORIES AND EXAMPLES
For tuition award applications and instructions, see: CALL FOR TUITION AWARDS
APPLY HERE to submit a tuition award application. Please allow the i4 Review Team at least two weeks to review, prior to the start date of the training)
Research Opportunity Awards (ROA) for Faculty
The Institute for Interdisciplinary Science (i4) supports a funding mechanism for the distribution of Research Opportunity Awards (ROAs).
During Summer 2022, we had 23 students and 10 faculty members participate in ROA-related work. Currently, the Institute is supporting four ROAs, led by 8 faculty members that will be working with their students during the academic year 2022-2023. These awards provide opportunities to facilitate the incorporation of emerging technologies and interdisciplinary science in faculty research and co-curricular undergraduate experiences.
ROA Frequently Asked Questions, see: ROA FAQs
ROA Application for new proposals is now closed.
Professional Development Grants (PDG) for Faculty
The Institute for Interdisciplinary Science (i4) supports a funding mechanism for the distribution of Professional Development Grants (PDGs). The Institute has funded four PDGs that involved 9 faculty members, with one current project titled "Increasing the Opportunities for Inclusive Teaching Training".
The PDGs provide opportunities for faculty to expand or develop competencies recognized as key to success in educating the 21st century STEM workforce while preparing students for the 4th industrial revolution.
PDG Frequently Asked Questions, see: PDG FAQs
PDG Application for new proposals is now closed.
Professional Development Certification (PDC) for Faculty & Staff
The Institute for Interdisciplinary Science (i4) is currently offering Professional Development Certifications for specialized training and micro-credentialing to NSCI Faculty and Staff. These Professional Development Certifications will aid in the transition to the 4th industrial revolution workplace, allowing St. Edward’s Faculty and Staff to stay on pace with emerging technologies and therefore train students to be future employees for the sophisticated STEM labor market.
Applications for Professional Development Certifications and micro-credentials are accepted throughout the year. While multiple applications may be submitted, we will prioritize impacting as many Faculty and Staff as possible during any single grant year. There is a cap of $2,000 per academic year per Faculty or Staff member. Applicants typically receive feedback on their applications within two weeks.
All Professional Development Certification submissions MUST be associated with courses that grant certificates or micro-credentials and prepare Faculty and Staff for the 4th Industrial Revolution.
PDC Application Instructions, see: PDC CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
APPLY HERE to submit a PDC application
NSCI Senior Symposium 2023 - Keynote Speaker Address
Friday, March 3rd, 2023 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm (Carter Auditorium - JBWS 186)
Speaker: Dr. Brad Hayes, Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, director of the Collaborative AI and Robotics Lab, and the CTO of the Circadence Corporation
Talk Title: "Making our Future with Artificial Intelligence into One We Want"
Watch Dr. Hayes's keynote speech here, also available in 360 view here.
Documentary Screening "CODED BIAS" film
- Screening 1: Wednesday 3/01/2023 @ 5.00 pm at Carter Auditorium (JBWS 186)
- Screening 2: Thursday 3/02/2023 @ 3.30 pm at Carter Auditorium (JBWS 186)
Lucian Symposium 2022 (co-sponsored by i4) - Three Keynote Speeches
Friday, September 23th, 2022 9:00 am - 12:00 pm (Carter Auditorium - JBWS 186)
Keynote Talk 1: "The Art of Making Vaccines" by Dr. Alfredo G. Torres. Check out the videos here and in 360 View here.
Keynote Talk 2: "Vaccine Hesitancy: it doesn’t matter if the vaccine works if nobody gets it" by Dr. Julie Bettinger. Check out the videos here and in 360 View here.
Lucian Keynote Talk 3: "Mapping global and local trends in vaccine confidence" by Dr. Alex Dr. De Figueiredo. Check out the videos here.
NSCI Senior Symposium 2022 - Keynote Speaker Address
Friday, March 25th, 2022 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm (Carter Auditorium - JBWS 186)
Speaker: Dr. Ilya J. Finkelstein, Associate Professor of Molecular Biosciences, UT Austin
Talk Title: "COVID-19: Viruses, Vaccines, and Variants"
Watch Dr. Finkelstein's keynote speech here, also available in 360 view here
NSCI Senior Symposium 2021 - Keynote Speaker Address
Friday, March 5th, 2021 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm (Virtual Zoom Event)
Speaker: Dr. France A. Córdova, former NSF Director
Talk Title: "One Woman's Response to Challenges in Science Leadership"
Watch Dr. Córdova's keynote speech here
Documentary Screening "PICTURE A SCIENTIST" film
Watch Movie (SEU credentials required)
You can also scan this QR code with your mobile device's camera to watch it on your smartphone or tablet.
Global Health Challenges Symposium
September 25, 2020: 8:50am - 12 Noon, St. Edward's University
Speaker: Juliano Calil, MESM, PhD., Co-Founder and Chief Scientist, Virtual Planet Technologies
Talk Title: Using Virtual Reality in Climate Adaptation
NSCI Senior Symposium 2020 - Keynote Speaker Address
Friday, February 28, 2020 1:00 pm - 1:50 pm in Jones Auditorium
Speaker: Thong Nguyen, Tech Entrepreneur, Business Leader and TEDxMinneapolis Curator
Talk Title: Out of Our Minds: Creating Futures That Don't Exist Yet
Watch event in 360 View (for best results, watch with VR Goggles)
Documentary Screening and Panel Discussion: "Human Nature"
Thursday, November 7, 2019 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm in Jones Auditorium, St. Edward's University
Want to know more about i4?
The i4 Team is available to speak to faculty and students regarding upcoming i4 funding opportunities. These include Tuition Awards, Internships, and faculty Research Opportunity Awards (ROAs) and Professional Development Grants (PDGs) for tenured and tenure-track NSCI faculty. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a meeting or presentation with us.
News Center and Highlights
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
i4 student Sabur Khan ’22 featured in the St. Edward's magazine who talked about his experience interning at VMware, an opportunity made available through i4. The internship ultimately led to a full-time job offer with VMware. Congratulations Sabur.
A Day at St. Edward's with Sabur Khan
i4 student Ruvi Jaimes '22 representing St. Edward's University at an HSI Roundtable with Texas Senator John Cornyn
Central Texas universities highlight federal support for Hispanic students
i4 leadership team member Dr. Andrea Holgado and i4 student Ruvi Jaimes interviewed by CBS Austin: Hispanic Heritage Month: Latinas in tech community grows in Austin
Hispanic Heritage Month: Latinas in tech community grows in Austin
The Institute for Interdisciplinary Science (i4) is among the Top 10 Reasons for Hilltop Pride
St. Edward’s Is Ranked a Top 10 University in the Western Region, again
Summer 2021 Intern Student Highlights:
Interns' highlight videos sorted by industry partner:
VMware | TCEQ | USDA-GTAC NEON | Macromoltek | The Nature Conservancy
Summer 2020 Intern Student Highlights:
Interns Interview Video (2020)
Summer 2019 Intern Student Highlights:
Interns Interview Video (2019)
Karlee Bradley (intern '19): How a Tree’s Life can Change an Ecosystem: Plant Phenology, Gypsy Moths, and Heat Accumulation
Stella Cunningham (intern '19): A Summer Internship Connects Stella Cunningham ’21 to the City of Austin and a Possible Career
Hilltop Views - "Human Nature" November 2019:
Professionals, students talk upsides and downfalls of DNA editing through CRISPr