Frequently Asked Questions
What types of students are you looking for?
One of the aims of DS3 is to help increase diversity, broadly defined, in computer science graduate programs. We are looking for college students in the New York City area who can help us meet this goal.
Are there specific requirements for participating in the program?
Applicants must be currently enrolled in an undergradate program in the New York City area. Other than that there are no specific course prerequisites, but a familiarity with computer programming and/or statistics is helpful.
Is housing provided?
No. The program is intended for students who already reside in the New York City area. However, a $5,000 stipend is provided.
Where is the program held?
In the New York City office of Microsoft Research: 641 Avenue of the Americas.
Can I receive college credit for participating?
We do not offer college credit, but you may be able to receive credit through your home institution.
Do I need to have my own computer?
No. We will provide a laptop computer for you to use during the program, and you will be able to keep it at the end of the summer.
I will be graduating this coming spring. Am I still eligible to participate in the program?
Yes. Graduating seniors are welcome to apply.
I am not a U.S. citizen. Am I still eligible to participate in the program?
Yes. The program is not restricted to U.S. citizens. However, you are responsible for obtaining appropriate approvals from your college regarding any immigration requirements. As mentioned above, you should be currently enrolled in an undergradate program in the New York City area.
Who can I contact for further information?
You can reach us by email at ds3@microsoft.com.