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.

Summer: 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 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. Summer projects go through a formal application and matching process. Students apply to summer projects through this website.

Fall, Winter, and Spring: 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. Fall, winter, and spring projects do not have a formal application process. Students wishing to participate in these projects should contact the faculty member, postdoctoral researcher, or graduate student listed as the contact for the project.

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  • For questions regarding the administration of CURIS projects, please contact Debby Inenaga (dinenaga at stanford.edu).
  • If you are a student who has questions about CURIS and research within the CS department, please contact the CURIS mentors, Griffin Dietz and Kexin Rong, at curis-mentors@lists.stanford.edu.
  • If you are a new Stanford CS faculty member, please email llao@cs.stanford.edu to update your account type so you can enter projects.

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.

2018  Pay = $7,000 for 10 weeks    June 25 - August 31    40 hours/week

CURIS 2018 Kickoff Meeting - Monday, June 25 10:00  Gates 104  **note room change**

CURIS 2018 Poster Session - Thursday, August 30, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Gates AT&T Lawn.  Participation is mandatory.


Undergraduate Summer Application Schedule (2018)

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 28:  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 25:  Faculty specify applicant suitability:
    • give each applicant a score on the website
    • may interview students if appropriate
  • By Friday, March 9:  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 18:  Students must notify of acceptance of internship, to allow time for a second round