College of Computing

Student Research

Illinois Tech’s College of Computing offers research opportunities to graduate and undergraduate students alike. Whether it's through a summer stipend, a Research Experience for Undergraduates grant from the National Science Foundation, or internships, undergraduates can find themselves on the cutting edge of research. Funding support through grants from the National Science Foundation, U.S. Air Force, Argonne National Laboratory, the National Security Agency, and other entities gives graduate students access to research opportunities in a variety of computational fields.

Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE)

Spend the summer with a computer science or applied mathematics research team in a College of Computing Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) program. SURE offers insight and learning in some of the hottest topics including big data, machine learning in financial markets, cybersecurity, data analytics, and more.

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Summer Research Opportunities

Summer research opportunities allow you to work alongside faculty and graduate students on fascinating projects. Conducting research early in your academic career can be an important step in determining whether to pursue graduate school or a career in either academia or industry. Research experience can enhance your educational experience and fulfill your intellectual curiosity. 

Illinois Tech offers four- and eight-week summer research opportunities in engineering, science, and business. As an Illinois Tech student, you do not need to fill out the formal application; simply verify with your academic adviser that the research opportunity you would like to pursue fits into your degree plan. If admitted to the research opportunity, the faculty member will provide you with instructions for registering.



Questions about summer research opportunities? Email or call 312.567.3849.

Research at Illinois Tech

Learn more about student research at Illinois Tech, including research opportunities available for all students across the university.



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Labios Introduces New Paradigm for I/O Operations

Anthony Kougkas (Ph.D. CS ’19), a research assistant professor at Illinois Tech, says that Labios introduces a new storage abstraction called a data label, allowing scientists to express inout/output operations as instructions to Labios, decoupling the application from the storage system. HIs student research earned the Karsten Schwan Best Paper Award at the Association for Computing Machinery’s International Symposium on High-Performance Parallel and Distributed Computing.

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Seeking Perfect Circle Challenges Illinois Tech’s AWM Chapter

The idea was simple: hold a contest to see who can come closest to drawing a perfect circle, in freehand, to celebrate Pi Day (March 14). Contestants drew a circle on a tablet, and an app would determine which circle was the closest to being perfect. However, determining who can come closest to drawing a perfect circle proved far from simple.

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Daniel Karcz

Data Science Student Spent Summer Keeping NASA Connected to Space

Dan Karcz (M.A.S. DSC student) always wanted to work at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, and he fulfilled that goal in summer 2019 by interning with the lab’s Deep Space Network. Karcz spent his summer mining data to help predict signal loss with NASA spacecraft so lost signals can be more easily diagnosed in the future.

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Anna Kong does data work on her laptop in the Retaliatta Atrium

Prestigious NSF Program Provides Student a Crash Course in Research

Anna Kong (CS 4th year) earned a Research Experience for Undergraduates stipend from the National Science Foundation. The 10-week REU program, called BigDataX, focused on undergraduate research in both the theory and practice of big data computing at extreme scales.

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