Faculty in the Department of Computer Science at Carleton maintain rich research programs, in a wide variety of topics. Although some of our work sits within the traditional boundaries of computer science, much more of our research is interdisciplinary, as we work to examine how computing can answer questions and provide useful tools in many contexts. Our faculty present and publish at major research conferences and in academic journals.

Opportunities for Students

We are committed to working with undergraduates in our research, and a considerable portion of our published work is coauthored by Carleton students.

The majority of our research opportunities for students take place over the summer, and are paid positions. For opportunities to get involved with research during the academic year, follow our department newsletter and cs-interest list emails for advertisements.

2024 Summer Research with a Department Faculty Member

The Computer Science Department at Carleton College is committed to providing undergraduate students with research opportunities. The majority of our research opportunities take place over the summer, and are paid positions. The standard rate for 2024 is $550/week of full-time research ($550/wk for full-time work, paid hourly at $13.75/hr) for up to 10 weeks (summer).

Here are the research offerings! Research Projects for Summer 2024

Research application is now open at this link: Submit an application to the department. To be eligible, you must be a current Carleton student. Graduating seniors are not eligible.  The deadline to apply is: February 9, 2024. Students will be notified by the end of the term.

You will be asked to indicate your project(s) of interest and submit an unofficial Carleton transcript as part of the application process. Your application is not complete until we receive an unofficial Carleton transcript.

Students are supported through a variety of grant programs; ultimately, how many students we hire will depend on how much grant money we receive.

2024 Summer Liberal Arts Institute

The Carleton Summer Liberal Arts Institute (SLAI) Computer Science program is a 3-week summer experience for high school students. We hire Carleton students to work as teaching assistants (TAs) for the program. These TAs work with the high school students to help them learn CS content both in structured labs and also in open-ended research projects. You can read more in this TA job description. To indicate your interest, submit an application. For full consideration, apply by Friday, February 17. Applications received after February 17 will continue to be reviewed until the positions are filled.

Can I apply to both jobs?

It is common for students to apply for both positions described above, and if they are both of interest to you, you are encouraged to do so. In some cases research positions with a faculty member are only offered for part of the summer. Therefore, we sometimes combine the two positions: students may work on a faculty member’s research for part of the summer, and work as a SLAI TA for another part of the summer. It is also the case that if you apply for both positions, it increases the number of jobs you are eligible for.