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Summer Program for Interdisciplinary Research and Education


Computers are becoming an increasingly integral part of our everyday lives. For example, the dominance of the desktop computer is fading and quickly being replaced by personal and ubiquitous computing devices including laptop computers, personal digital assistants, digital music players, and intelligent cell phones. The successful integration of these new technologies into our lifestyle in a way that maximizes usefulness, usability, and ease of use while minimizing intrusiveness poses a difficult but important problem. This problem will demand novel solutions founded on an in-depth understanding of the complex interactions between humans and computers.


The accelerating integration of technology into society will demand professionals with information technology skills that are augmented by an understanding of the human user. These skills will be necessary for any individual to remain competitive in the future information technology work force. Only those individuals with a unique interdisciplinary perspective will be able to successfully understand, utilize, and apply new technological solutions to solve human-centered problems.


Students working towards an undergraduate degree in any of the HCI disciplines. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents. Women and underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.


Summer program: June 2, 2006 - August 5, 2006
Application Deadline: March 31st, 2006
Notification of Status: April 15th, 2006


Virtual Reality Application Center
Howe Hall, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa


Summer Stipend: $400 per week
Housing: Fredrickson Court Apartments
Travel Stipend: $400
Food: Meal Plan


Hands on research with cutting-edge technology
Interdisciplinary teams
Journal club
Faculty exposure seminars
Industry tours
Professional development
Movie Night
Sporting Events