Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Summer Geometry Initiative

Program ID: MIT-SGI [#1061]
Program Title: Summer Geometry Institute
Program Type: Undergraduate program
Program Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Geometry, computer science, numerical methods, machine learning
Starting Date: 2021/07/19
Application Deadline: 2021/02/15 11:59PMhelp popup** finished (2021/01/07, finished 2021/10/02)
Program Description:   URMs  

*** this program has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***

The Summer Geometry Institute (SGI) is a six-week paid summer research program introducing undergraduate and graduate students to the field of geometry processing.  Geometry processing has a long history of breakthrough developments that have guided design of 3D tools for computer vision, additive manufacturing, scientific computing, and other disciplines.  Algorithms for geometry processing combine ideas from disciplines including differential geometry, topology, physical simulation, statistics, and optimization.

In the first week of SGI, participants will attend hands-on tutorials introducing the theory and practice of geometry processing; no background or previous experience is necessary.  During the remaining weeks, participants will work in teams on research projects led by faculty and research scientists in this discipline, while attending talks and other sessions led by visiting researchers.

Undergraduates and master's level students with background in computer science, mathematics, or other related disciplines are encouraged to apply.  We will release a separate call for mentors and staff participants.

SGI will be held remotely in 2021, but participants are expected to be engaged full-time.  Contingent on current events and university policy, we may be able to offer optional in-person participation at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, MA.

Applicants are requested to submit the following materials:
  • A cover letter specifically addressing their interest in SGI and any relevant background; applicants can also include links to relevant work they have done in the past (e.g., class projects or personal web pages)
  • A resume or CV
  • Optionally, one reference letter from a mentor, instructor, or collaborator
  • Optionally, an unofficial grade transcript
Applicants who choose to omit the items marked "optional" will not be penalized.

SGI is dedicated to the inclusion of individuals of all backgrounds at all levels of geometry processing research. We strongly encourage women and students from underrepresented and underserved groups to apply. No prior research experience or coursework in geometry processing is necessary to participate in SGI; students who have excelled in the math, science, and/or computing programs available to them are strongly encouraged to apply.

Pending tax considerations associated to the honoraria, international students qualify for participation.

Please check the SGI website for additional details:

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the program description.

Further Info:
email address
32 Vassar Street, room 32-D460
Cambridge, MA 02139