AAAI-22 Undergraduate Consortium

Collocated with the Thirty-Sixth AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence
Vancouver, BC, Canada
February 22 – March 1, 2022

Sponsored by the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence

Undergraduate Consortium content for the conference is available here.

Description

The AAAI Undergraduate Consortium (AAAI-UC) aims to broaden participation in the AI research community of students from historically marginalized groups and those who may otherwise not attend a top research conference by supporting them with mentorship, advising, and networking as an accelerator toward their pursuit of graduate school, AI research, and a scientific identity.

The Undergraduate Consortium hosted at the 2022 AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-22) will offer undergraduate students an opportunity to enrich their conference experience by:

  • presenting and receiving critical feedback about their work in a professional, academic setting;
  • meeting prospective graduate advisors;
  • receiving mentoring about the advantages (and overcoming the challenges) of pursuing graduate studies in AI as well as practical early career advice;
  • expanding their professional network to include AI experts, current graduate students, and undergraduate peers; and 
  • providing advice, tools, and resources for successfully applying to and attending graduate school in AI-related research.

Each accepted student receives a matched faculty mentor, complimentary conference registration, and a travel scholarship. Accepted students are expected to:

  • Communicate with UC Chairs about program logistics.
  • Meet with their assigned mentor to discuss their research career path, receive feedback, and prepare a camera-ready copy and a presentation of their research summary.
  • Attend the day-of UC events, and engage in AAAI conference events and student activities.

All undergraduates registered for AAAI-22, regardless of whether they are accepted, are invited to attend the day-of UC talks and panel sessions! For reference, the schedule of events and activities from the 2021 AAAI-UC is available here.

Target Audience

The primary goal of the program is to broaden participation in AI research through mentorship and support for the conference experience. We especially encourage applications from students who identify with groups that computing has traditionally underserved and also students who have limited resources related to AI research and graduate school at their home institutions.

The target audience for the AAAI UC is actively-enrolled undergraduate students (working toward their first post-secondary degree) who:

  • Identify with groups historically marginalized in computing/AI research (e.g., marginalized gender and racial/ethnic identities, students with disabilities, students from low socioeconomic status, first-generation college students, and intersections of these groups and others);
  • Have completed/contributed to an AI research project (any AI research project–not necessarily a paper published at AAAI); and
  • Are at an inflection point in their AI research career, where support and feedback from a mentor will add unique value and support for their interest in pursuing AI research after graduation.

Undergraduate students who are interested in publication, scholarships and volunteering, but not explicitly in mentorship, are invited to explore these additional opportunities (some links coming soon!):

Students who are not actively-enrolled undergraduate students or have already graduated from their undergraduate program as of the UC application deadline are not eligible for the Undergraduate Consortium. Graduate students interested in mentorship opportunities are strongly encouraged to consider the AAAI Doctoral Consortium.

Acknowledgments

Support for the 2022 Undergraduate Consortium is graciously provided by AAAI, with additional support generously provided by the Artificial Intelligence Journal and National Science Foundation (DUE 1946637).

Undergraduate Consortium Chair

Eric Aaron, Colby College
Eliana Valenzuela-Andrade, University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo
aaai22ucchairs@aaai.org

Undergraduate Consortium Organizing Committee

  • Outgoing chairs:
    • Jim Boerkoel, Harvey Mudd College
    • Memo Ergezer, Wentworth Institute of Technology
  • Malihe Alikhani, University of Pittsburgh
  • Sloan Davis, Google Research
  • Nate Derbinsky, Northeastern University
  • Richard G. Freedman, SIFT
  • Maria Gini, University of Minnesota
  • Michael Guerzhoy, University of Toronto
  • Ayanna Howard, The Ohio State University
  • Maria Hwang, Fashion Institute of Technology
  • Irina Rabkina, Occidental College
  • Anna Rafferty, Carleton College
  • Anita Raja, Hunter College, City University of New York
  • Lisa Torrey, St. Lawrence University

For more information about past AAAI-UC events, please visit: https://aaai-uc.github.io/

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