Summer Research: $4500, airfare, housing, meals…

The Human Computer Interaction Graduate Program at Iowa State University hosts a summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU), sponsored by the National Science Foundation. 

This is a ten week internship where students take short courses in HCI and work in interdisciplinary teams on research projects.  Their research is presented at the ISU Summer Research Symposium at the end of the program.

  • Round-trip airfare, housing and meals are provided, as well as a $4500 stipend.
  • The application deadline is February 19, 2010.   APPLY ONLINE!
  • More information about this program can be found at

Women and underrepresented minority students are highly encouraged to apply.

Any Questions:
    Pam Shill, Program Coordinator
    Human Computer Interaction Graduate Program
    1638A Howe Hall, Iowa State University, Ames, IA  50011
    Email:, Telephone:  515-294-2089


Dominic Dominguez: An Outstanding Islander

Dominic Dominguez, one of our research fellows, who works under the mentorship of Dr. Scott King, has just been honored by the university as an outstanding islander! 

Congratulations Dominic. We are all so proud of you!

Virtual Reality Check
Dominic Dominguez is the envy of all his friends because he gets to conduct specialized research on Xbox 360 game programming. Dominguez, who maintains a 3.5 grade point average, has studied the details of video games and has worked alongside faculty mentor, Dr. Scott King, for more than a year.

The senior, who is a 2005 graduate of Gregory-Portland High School, is a fellow in the Computing Sciences and Alliance for Minority Participation (CS/AMP) Program, a member of the Computer Science Club and a historian in the Rotaract Club, a Rotary-sponsored service club for men and women ages 18 to 30. While in high school, Dominguez shot and edited video with friends and became familiar with computers, which helped him build a foundation for a future in computer science. He chose the Island University for its student-to-faculty ratio (19:1) and close proximity to home. His choice has paid off.

In October, he presented research on virtual reality and head tracking with a Wii remote at the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) conference in Dallas, Texas. Earlier this year, Dominguez gave a poster presentation on game development at Google Headquarters in San Francisco, Calif. In addition, he was first place presenter at the Science Rules! Expo.

He is designing a new way to use special video glasses to create a virtual experience using infrared lights and the Wii remote to track one’s head orientation. One day, he hopes to find a gaming position in Austin or Dallas and incorporate a dance pad into a virtual learning world.


FemProf Newsletter…September 2009

FemProf is a program that supports and guides second year computer science and third year computer engineering undergraduate female students from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez and the University of Houston Downtown to continue doctoral studies in computing.


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Vella – Getting SMART, Getting Paid and Getting Ahead!


One of our research fellows, Matthew Vella, is the proud recipient of the SMART scholarship awarded by the Department of Defense (DoD).

mvellaThe Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program was established by the DoD to support undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The program aims to increase the number of civilian scientists and engineers working at DoD laboratories.

As a SMART scholar Matthew will receive: full tuition and education related fees, a cash award, paid summer internships, health insurance, book allowance, mentoring by a DoD scientist and employment placement after graduation.

More info about SMART:

Congratulations Matthew! We are very proud of you!

Google FUSE program for freshmen: Deadline May 1st

Now accepting applications for Google FUSE, a summer program for freshmen:
At Google, we are committed to helping the innovators of the future make the most of their gifts. As part of this commitment to build and retain a strong and diverse talent pool in computer science, we’ve created the Google FUSE program. This summer, FUSE will provide an opportunity for successful and invested freshmen computer science students who are historically underrepresented in the field to connect with one another and with Google. We’ll be bringing rising college sophomores from across the US and Canada to our New York office for two days of networking, learning, and fun.


Life at Google!

Up to 50 aspiring computer scientists will be invited to an all-expenses paid retreat that will run Wednesday evening through Friday afternoon on July 15–17 in New York, NY.

Program Goals: The Google FUSE program aims to:

  • Form a network among top young students from underrepresented backgrounds in computer science that will allow them to learn about research, academic, and industry opportunities in the years to come.
  • Make connections between students and Googlers that will allow students to discover career paths, create meaningful academic experiences, and take advantage of the college years in computer science.
  • Give students an insight in to careers in computer science and show how rewarding, challenging, and fun they can be.
Eligibility: Students must:
  • Be current full-time first year college students at a four year college in the US or Canada who will be full-time second year students in the 2009–2010 academic year.
  • Have declared or plan on declaring a major in Computer Science, Math, or a related field.
  • Demonstrate academic excellence in science and math coursework at the high school and or college level and have taken at least one college level computer science course.

The program is open to all qualified college students, and is committed to addressing diversity in our company and in the technology industry. Students who are a member of a group that is historically under-represented in the technology industry are encouraged to apply, including female, Native American, African American and Hispanic students as well as students with disabilities.

Selection Process: Google engineers and University Programs team members will select up to 50 students based on each student’s:

  • Academic achievement and potential.
  • Passion for computer science and related technical fields which may be evident in club memberships, open source contributions, and personal projects.
  • Interest in building a diverse population of computer scientists.

Application: All applications must be submitted online by Friday, May 1, 2009.  Go to for more information.

Life at Google:


Rafael Hernandez Interview: “New Image of Computing”

rafaelhernandezgoogleRafael Hernandez represented CS/AMP at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi as an undergraduate student panelist at the CAHSI conference on January 18, 2009 at Google

He helped conduct the Reshaping the Image of Computing” student workshop by participating in an interview.  He discussed his motivations to stay in computing and how he can effectively inspire the youth to want to be involved.

Click to Watch the Video…

Excerpt From the Report:
In order to achieve a high level of input, the workshop was designed to be interactive requiring participation from a small panel as well as the entire audience. Four students were chosen from CAHSI partner universities to serve as the panel. Each student introduced themselves and answered four questions that focused on their motivations and ideas in an open dialog with the audience.
The panelist questions were: 1. What were your motivations for choosing computer science as a degree? 2. Discuss mentors, organizations, projects, classes or events that most affected your decision to enter or stay in computer science. 3. What would you tell a teen what computer science is? 4. What are the technologies that you think most teens use to communicate right now? This is to consider how you could reach them. 

Women’s Institute in Summer Enrichment (WISE 2009)


  • APPLICATION DEADLINE:   March 31, 2009
  • PROGRAM DATE:           June 16-19, 2009
  • FOR:   Women graduate students, post docs and junior faculty
  • LOCATION:   University of California, Berkeley, CA
  • CONTACT:    Dr. Kristen Gates, (510) 642-3737

wise2The Team for Ubiquitous Secure Technology (TRUST) is proud to announce the third annual Women’s Institute in Summer Enrichment (WISE 2009) held at the University of California, Berkeley.

FOR:   Women graduate students, post docs and junior faculty studying and working

Tuition for WISE 2009 is $2,500; however, NSF-TRUST fellowships are available to US professors, post-doctoral fellows, and Ph.D. Candidates studying at US universities. There is a maximum of 20 fellowships for Ph.D. candidates, post-doctoral fellows, and professors of all levels for the Institute.

This summer, the seminar will be held the week of June 16 at the University of California, Berkeley campus and we expect to have 30 participants. The program is a one-week seminar with a multiple speaker/panel format.

Summer 2009, the program topic may include but are not limited to:
— Large-Scale Sensing Systems 
— Secure Sensor Networking
— Sensor Information Processing
— Engineering, Maintenance, and Security of Critical Infrastructure
— Public Surveillance, Privacy, and the 4th Amendment
— Rights and responsibilities of data, data owners and data users

WISE will be an exciting program— a partial list of WISE 2009 speakers are:
—  Annie Anton: Computer Science, North Carolina State University
—  Ruzena Bajcsy: TRUST, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, UC Berkeley
—  Rebecca Bace: Infidel, Inc.
—  Terry Benzel: Information Sciences Institute, University of Southern California
—  Kimberly Claffy: Cooperative Association for Internet Data Analysis, UC San Diego
—  Judy Cardell: TRUST, Computer Science, Smith College
—  Judy Estrin: JLabs, LLC
—  Brianna Gamp,
—  Fran Maier: TRUSTe
—  Deirdre Mulligan: TRUST, UC Berkeley School of Information
—  Yuan Xue: TRUST, Electrical Engineering, Vanderbilt University

Dr. Kristen Gates, Executive Director of Education,
Team for Research in Ubiquitous Secure Technology (TRUST)
University of California, Berkeley
Office Phone:   510-642-3737