The iSchool Inclusion Institute (i3) has relocated and will now be hosted by the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin. i3 is a national undergraduate research and leadership development program that prepares students from underrepresented populations for graduate study and careers in the information sciences. The program is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and was originally hosted by the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Computing and Information. The iSchools at UT Austin and Pittsburgh are both long-standing members of the iSchools organization.
Each year 25 students from a variety of majors and institutions across the country are invited to become i3 Scholars. The program includes a funded 20-month immersive, hybrid experience that includes two summer institutes, a yearlong research project, and participation in several conferences. Throughout the course of the program, students undergo professional development training (such as workshops, interview practice, 1-1 mentorship, and networking experiences) that are tailored to each individual scholar’s needs. Since its launch in 2011, more than 200 scholars have graduated from the i3 program with hands-on research and project management experience, professional skills, and peer-reviewed publications.
The PI & Director of the i3 Program is Dr. Kayla Booth (picture left), who has joined the UT Austin iSchool faculty as an Assistant Professor of Instruction. “On paper, we're called the ‘i3 program,’” said Dr. Kayla Booth. “But really i3 is so much more than that. Over the last ten-plus years, i3 has blossomed into an incredible community as we collectively imagine and build a brighter, more equitable future together.”
UT Austin iSchool Dean Eric T. Meyer had this to say about the relocation: “I am looking forward to the impact i3 will have on UT Austin and on the field of information more broadly. We are grateful to the University of Pittsburgh for developing such an innovative program and are honored to take on stewardship of i3. I am confident that the program will thrive in Austin, and personally look forward to welcoming the next cohort of i3 Scholars.”
i3 is currently accepting applications for the 2022 summer program in Austin.