A community of undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and faculty helping to advance the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing cross-cutting initiative on Social and Ethical Responsibilities of Computing.

What do SERC Scholars do?

  • Collaborate in multidisciplinary teams with members from across computing, data sciences, humanities, arts, and social sciences
  • Develop and pilot new SERC course materials in collaboration with postdocs and faculty
  • Engage with external partners to advance AI in the public interest
  • Conduct research in an exciting, new cross-disciplinary area

Who is eligible to be a SERC Scholar?

This opportunity is open to students across the MIT community who are excited to advance our broad mission to incorporate humanist, social science, social responsibility, and policy/civic perspectives into MIT’s teaching, research, and implementation of computing. SERC Scholars are hourly funded positions with selective and limited yearly enrollment.

What additional opportunities do SERC Scholars have?

  • Regular lunches and talks with SERC Scholars’ small-group meet-and-greets with pioneering leaders from academia, industry, and the public sectors
  • Internships advancing computing in the public interest
  • SERC UROP opportunities
  • Initiatives in computing and public policy

SERC Scholars’ extracurricular and social activities are organized with student groups, including the Ethical Technology Initiative, AI Ethics Reading Group, Science Policy Initiative, and others.

Schedule of SERC Working Groups, Spring 2022

SERC Scholars

Our inaugural cohort of scholars — representing undergraduate and graduate students from across all five MIT schools and the college — are working to advance SERC’s broad mission of incorporating humanist, social science, social responsibility and policy/civic perspectives into MIT’s teaching, research, and implementation of computing.

We are grateful to the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation for providing funding to launch this program.