Join a community of undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and faculty, and help 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 apply?

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.

>> Coming soon! SERC Postdoctoral Scholars Program


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