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IT Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program--$600 Stipend!

The IT Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program, is now recruiting women and minority students for a faculty-mentored undergraduate research experience during fall and winter quarters, with a research presentation in Spring 2014. 

The program matches students who have no research experience to ITAM faculty members committed to mentoring a cohort of students in a specified research project.  This apprenticeship will allow students to participate in research projects directly with faculty on issues pertinent to the future of IT and societal impacts of IT trends.   This apprenticeship is perfect for students interested in exploring a major and career in IT management.  A stipend of $600 will be provided to each student if he/she commits to two quarters of an apprenticeship, presentation during spring 2014, and meets the criteria for continuing the apprenticeship.

Student benefits to participation:
• Learn research methods
• Resume-builder activity
• $600 stipend
• Opportunity to learn presentation skills
• Explore possible career field

The research topics are:
• Women in IT: The Past, Present, and Future
• IT Impact on Developing Countries
• Impact of IT on Small Business Innovation and Entrepreneurship
• The Impact and Opportunities of Social Media and Mobile Commerce in the Retail Information Technology Arena

A woman or minority student is eligible to apply for the apprenticeship if he/she meets the following criteria:
• Applicants must have freshman or sophomore status.
• Applicants cannot be an ITAM major or minor.
• Applicants did not declare an ITAM major or minor during enrollment at CWU.
• Participants must be enrolled at CWU at the time of the application.

Research Apprenticeship Additional Details:
• Apprentices must successfully complete the Introduction to IT Undergraduate Research online tutorial, offered during summer 2013. (free to students)
• Apprentices will meet bi-monthly with the faculty mentor and peer team members.
• Apprentices must attend four brown bag lunch seminars throughout the quarter.
• Apprentices must show satisfactory progress in the research project as assessed by the faculty mentor.
• Apprentices must present their research project at the CWU Symposium on University Research and Creative Activity (SOURCE) in May 2014.
• Apprentices must maintain a 2.7 GPA in all coursework.

This program is generously funded by a grant from the NCWIT and Microsoft
To apply, please submit a resume and letter of interest to Dr. Laura Portolese Dias no later than May 10, 2013 via email:

Letter of interest should include:
• Your name and current major
• First and second choice of (above) research topics
• Description of your interest in this program
• Description of how you see this program benefitting you
• GPA (cumulative)

Your resume should include:
• Current and past jobs
• Any volunteer activities

Any questions can be directed to Dr. Laura at

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