C Undergraduate Research Internship S


The CURIS program is a research program in Computer Science. Its goal is to encourage CS undergraduates, as well as masters students, to get involved in CS research with faculty mentors. CURIS has two parts.

The first is a summer program for undergraduates.  Students work with a faculty member, as part of his/her group, for an entire summer, with the goal of producing an identifiable research result.  Students will receive a stipend or salary.  The program is open to Stanford undergraduate students who maintain undergraduate status through summer. Priority will be given to declared Computer Science undergraduate majors.  Students who are not Stanford undergraduates are NOT ELIGIBLE FOR SUMMER CURIS appointments.

Second, CURIS provides a year-round index of current research projects looking for undergraduates and masters students. During the autumn, winter, and spring, students typically take research credits (e.g., CS199, CS199P, CS399, or CS399P) to participate in a project. This ensures that they have enough time in their schedule. Some positions for masters students may have associated Research Assistant (RA) appointments associated with them. Undergraduates cannot be employed as RAs.

Please login using your SUNet ID to learn more.  If you are a new Stanford CS faculty, please email llao@cs.stanford.edu to update your account type.

For questions regarding administrative aspects, please contact Debby Inenaga (dinenaga at stanford.edu)

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Undergraduate Summer Program Notes:

TAXES:  Most summer CURIS students are paid via stipend (one payment through Axess as Financial Aid) and will not receive a W-2 form from Stanford. You can print out the record from Axess to use as backup for your tax return.  If you were paid twice a month throughout the summer, you were paid via the Payroll system, and should receive a W-2 form.  Both the stipend and payroll checks are tax-reportable income.  Students paid via stipend may want to consult a tax advisor to see if they need to make estimated quarterly tax payments.

2017  Pay = $7,000 for 10 weeks    June 26 - September 1    40 hours/week

CURIS Kickoff Meeting - Monday, June 26 10:00  Gates 504 - 5th floor lounge

CURIS Poster Session - Thursday, August 31, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Gates AT&T Lawn.  Participation is mandatory.


Undergraduate Summer Application Schedule (2017)

All project administration is done via the web-based system at http://curis.stanford.edu. The application and assignment process proceeds in several phases:

  • By Sunday, January 29:  Faculty members enter project descriptions into web-based system.
  • By Sunday, February 12 :Students read project descriptions and apply for projects:
    • submit a profile consisting of resume and (unofficial axess) transcript
    • for each project, specify preference and project-specific experience or interests
    • may contact the faculty if appropriate.
  • By Sunday, Feb 26:  Faculty specify applicant suitability:
    • give each applicant a score on the website
    • may interview students if appropriate
  • By Friday, March 10:  Students are matched to projects  
    • prioritized matching process, taking into consideration all preferences
    • both students and faculty mentors are informed of the match.
  • By Sunday, March 19:  Students must notify of acceptance of internship, to allow time for a second round