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37th AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence
February 7 - 14, 2023

AAAI-23 Undergraduate Consortium

Program Details

The Undergraduate Consortium (AAAI-UC) hosted at the 2023 AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-23) will offer undergraduate students an opportunity to enrich their conference experience by:

The fourth AAAI-UC will be held in conjunction with the AAAI-23 conference. Instructions for applying to the Undergraduate Consortium can be found below.

The 2023 AAAI-UC will prioritize students who are more than one year from graduation (sophomores and juniors in the standard 4-year progression). Applicants will need to prepare and submit a personal statement and research statement (see below); these are analogous to the personal and research statements required by the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program and most graduate admissions. S tudents with prior research experience should use that work to inform and support their proposal, but students are expected to propose a new idea they haven’t already completed. We especially encourage applications from students who identify with groups historically marginalized in computing (women; Black, Hispanic/Latinx, and Native American/Pacific Islander students; first generation and low income students; and students with disabilities) as well as students who have limited resources related to AI research and graduate school at their home institutions.

Students accepted into the 2023 AAAI-UC program will be expected to attend the UC events and meet with their assigned mentors to discuss their research career path and to receive feedback as they revise and submit a final version of their application materials as well as prepare a virtual presentation of their research proposal. Travel funding will be available, with priority for funding given to students local to the DC area and students w ith multiple marginalized identities. The schedule of events and activities from the 2022 AAAI-UC is available here.

Application Instructions

Applicants to the Undergraduate Consortium must submit the following materials in full for full consideration for the program via the submission site linked above. The deadline for the full application package is Sunday, Nov. 13 at 11:59pm HST (UTC -10). When you submit, you will need to provide your name, university affiliation, expected graduation date, demographic and contact information, a personal statement and an AI research statement. Applications should be submitted via EasyChair at this link.

The 2023 AAAI UC personal and research statements are inspired by NSF’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program. Our hope is that thoughtfully constructed statements with feedback from AI professionals will provide you a useful starting point in your future graduate school and fellowship applications.

1. Personal Statement

Prepare a 2 page personal statement that describes your preparation for and interest in an AI research career.

Formatting

Personal statements must be written using the NSF GRFP statement formatting guidelines, which require standard 8.5”x 11” page size, Times New Roman font for all text, no smaller than 11-point, except text that is part of an image, 1” margins on all sides, and no less than single spacing (approximately 6 lines per inch).

2. AI Research Summary

Submit a two-page research statement describing a project that you might want to undertake during your graduate studies (if you were to get a PhD). Support your proposed work with specific evidence that it is feasible (that it is likely to work based on prior work) and valuable (that it would accomplish something new in AI and make a positive contribution to society). Students are encouraged to describe any prior AI experience (undergraduate research, class projects, etc.) as part of the basis for their proposed work.

The scope of the proposed work and style of the statement should be similar to a workshop paper or poster abstract, and include the following sections:

Be mindful of the following:

Formatting

The research proposals must be written using the NSF GRFP statement formatting guidelines, which require standard 8.5”x 11” page size, Times New Roman font for all text, no smaller than 11-point, except text that is part of an image, 1” margins on all sides, and no less than single spacing (approximately 6 lines per inch).

Review Process

The Undergrad Consortium organizing committee solicits applications covering any topic area and methodology within Artificial Intelligence. Applications will be reviewed according to the following criteria: clarity and completeness of submission packet; stage of progress through undergraduate degree program (applicants must be actively enrolled in a post-secondary, undergraduate degree program at the time of submission); quality, feasibility, and potential impact of the research proposal; and assessment of contribution to and benefit from participating in the UC.

Acknowledgments

Support for the 2023 Undergraduate Consortium is graciously provided by AAAI, with additional support generously provided by the Artificial Intelligence Journal and National Science Foundation (DUE 1946637).

AAAI23-UC Committees & Leadership

Undergraduate Consortium Co-Chairs

aaai23ucchairs@aaai.org

Program Committee Chair

Tezca Fitzgerald (Yale University)

Organizing Committee

Program Committee

TBA

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