Students are matched into a pod with a Google mentor and small group of peers who are at a similar academic stage, and interested in the same research area. Pods structure discussion and identify opportunities around one of the following topics, shared by each student and supported by the mentor through group and one-on-one meetings:
- Introduction to research pathways
- Defining a research problem
- Applying to graduate school
- Navigating the publication process
- Applying to a postdoc/academia/industry position
In addition, students join a broader peer community, and are invited to virtual networking events, career panels, tech talks, and information sessions about computing research opportunities. CSRMP does not assign research projects or internships.
The mentorship cycle runs for twelve weeks during the academic year with a minimum total time commitment of ten hours per student.
- Class A (October application): January-April mentorship cycle
- Class B (July application): September-December mentorship cycle
CSRMP aims to support students from historically marginalized groups to progress in computing research pathways. The definition of who is historically marginalized is responsive to a specific region, context, and its nuances. This can include students with marginalized gender and racial/ethnic identities, students with disabilities, students from low socioeconomic status, first-generation students, and intersections of these groups and others.
Students must meet the following requirements at the time of application:
Active enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate degree-granting program in computer science (or an adjacent field) in the United States or Canada for the full duration of the mentorship cycle
- Includes community college students and students obtaining a minor in computer science
(or an adjacent field)
Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 (on a four point scale, or equivalent)