Social Impact


The Cornell Summer School on Designing Technology for Social Impact designed to foster a strong cohort of young researchers who are elevating the perspectives of communities who have been historically marginalized from North American information technology development on the basis of race or ethnicity. Rising seniors and graduate students at any stage from a variety of disciplines are invited to attend, including — but not restricted to — informatics, computer science, science and technology studies, communication, product design, urban and rural studies, and the visual arts. Our goal is to build a cohort of up-and-coming researchers, provide experience in this research area, and provide research and career-building opportunities.

Next year, the Summer School will be held at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY (dates are TBD). Our office will cover the meals, and lodging expenses associated with students’ participation in the program. In addition, a $1,000 stipend will be provided to support travel needs. If you are interested in being considered for this program, please review the information below:

  • The Summer School focuses on design research methods that critically explore and re-envision the social impact of information technology, with a focus on impact for communities typically marginalized from technology design due to race or ethnicity. Applicants are not required to have prior experience in working with design methods. Technical skills are not required.
  • Students from rising seniors to those who are pursuing a masters or doctoral degree in any field related to designing information technology for social impact are eligible to apply for the Summer School.
  • The Summer School is open to all students. We particularly encourage the participation of students who identify as underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
  • At this time, we are only accepting applications from students in the US and Puerto Rico.
  • Successful completion of the program is required for applicants to receive their travel stipend, which includes attending all social events during the workshop, and orientation.
  • Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their questions to 

The Cornell Summer School on Designing Technology for Social Impact is funded in part by the Hopper-Dean Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and LinkedIn.



­Develop familiarity with research methods for designing information technology for social impact.

Network with peers and faculty working in the area, including field experts from other institutions.

Discover career pathways in designing technology for social impact. 

­Work with a faculty mentor from the Cornell Bowers College of Computing and Information Science (Bowers CIS).

­Share academic, professional, and personal experiences and strategies for success.

Learn strategies for successfully navigating the PhD journey.