Research experience for master's students

12-week paid summer research experience in 2017

Carl C. Haynes participated in the REMS program in 2015 when he was a master's student at Syracuse University. He is currently a doctoral student at UMSI.

About the fellowships

Are you interested in applying to a doctoral program or would you like to find out more about what PhD programs entail? Interested in a research career investigating such topics as the impact of libraries and archives, instructional technology, user experience, privacy and security and health informatics? 

The University of Michigan School of Information is hosting a 12-week intensive summer Research Experience for Master’s Students (REMS) from other iSchool master’s programs, schools of library and information science, or related programs, May 30–August 18, 2017.

Come develop your research skills with world-renowned faculty and in leading institutions on the U-M campus. The students selected for 2017 will engage in a variety of research projects and receive close mentorship as they investigate key issues in information science with UMSI faculty or practitioners. The REMS program supplements the experience in the research project with a broad range of educational and social activities that create a community of scholars among participating students. Students completing the program will be eligible to apply for funding to attend a conference to present their research project.

2017 Research Projects

  1. Making Sense of Large-Scale Collections of Unstructured, Text-Based, Interview Responses — This student will work with a research team at ArtsEngine. This research project aims to make sense of ~600 long-form, semi-structured interviews about the role of the arts in research universities, with the end goal of learning about the principles and practices that can lead to a more dynamic research university system.
  2.  — This student will work with a research team at Bentley Historical Library on a project focused on improving student success in courses that use primary archival sources.
  3. Engaging Libraries in Culturally Responsive Stem Programming — Under the supervision of UMSI Research Fellow Patricia Garcia, this project recognizes the importance of collective impact and proposes partnering with Ypsilanti District Library, Imperial County Free Library, and Tempe Public Library to develop and implement a culturally responsive and low-resource model for teaching computational thinking that can be feasibly implemented and replicated in libraries.
  4. Developing a Culturally Responsive Framework for Promoting Computing Among Adolescent Girls in STEM Programs — Under the supervision of UMSI Research Fellow Patricia Garcia, in an effort to counter deficit-based approaches, this project explores how to improve girls’ academic success and social development in computing education by “merging computational thinking with cultural practices.”
  5. Multi-Device Interaction — This student will work with UMSI professor Michael Nebeling in the Information Interaction Lab where they are investigating how involving other devices can provide new interaction possibilities and enable tasks that are difficult to do using a wearable device alone, as well as how a user can involve other users via crowdsourcing techniques and how getting them to complete complex tasks on their behalf can overcome physical constraints of the limited form factor.
  6.  — Under the mentorship of UMSI professor Steve Oney, this project aims to better understand how students who are learning programming focus their attention when trying to understand unfamiliar concepts and to explore ways to improve their ability to learn programming concepts.
  7.  — This student will work on a project supervised by UMSI professor Lionel Robert, seeking to understand what events or actions of one agent determine trust in the other agent; how various levels of risk in a given situation alter the impact of events on that trust; and when trust is likely to lead direction to actions of control.
  8.  — Under the guidance of UMSI professor Florian Schaub, this student will conduct research studies to understand individuals’ decisions and behavior with respect to privacy and security. We will further design and build usable privacy and security mechanisms that help individuals make better privacy and security decisions without getting in the way of their primary activities.
  9.  — This student will partner with UMSI professor Kentaro Toyama. In this project, the goal is to understand the range and tenor of faculty perspectives about instructional technology through a survey of faculty at the University of Michigan and possibly elsewhere.
  10.  — This project focuses on answering the questions, “What, if any, are the role of information acquisition, sharing and use in the development and maintenance of health behaviors?” To answer this question, this project will draw from data collected as part of a two projects focused on people living with chronic diseases, including diabetes, hypertension, kidney disease and HIV/AIDS. This project is under the guidance of UMSI professor Tiffany Veinot.
  11. Data Reuse Practices Across Disciplines — This student will work with the research team of UMSI professor and senior associate dean for academic affairs Elizabeth Yakel on a project aiming to enhance knowledge of data curation and reuse as well as highlight similarities and differences between disciplines.
  12.  — This student will work with a research team at ICPSR on a project developing researcher credentials for accessing restricted research data in digital repositories.  The research will involve qualitative data analysis and the development of repository best practices for restricted data research.

Eligibility and requirements

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Currently enrolled master's student or 2017 master's graduate in an iSchool, School of Library and Information Science, or related program.
  • Able to participate full-time in research activities in Ann Arbor, Michigan: May 30–August 18, 2017 (Read more about life in Ann Arbor.)
  • Students who will be enrolling in a doctoral program in Fall 2017 are not eligible.

Top priority will be given to applicants from underrepresented populations in graduate programs and/or from schools with limited research opportunities. 

Participant benefits

2015 REMS students enjoy a tour of the U-M 3D lab.
  • Participation in an original research project with leading U-M faculty, libraries and archives on campus
  • Develop research skills through one-on-one mentoring and instruction on research
  • In-depth orientation on research in the information sciences and the responsible conduct in research and scholarship and weekly educational seminars
  • Potential for funding to attend a conference to present findings
  • $10,000 stipend

Current UMSI MSI students: Note that REMS qualifies for UMSI Internship Program credit.


Application deadline: February 15, 2017

The application requires:

  • An interest statement which includes information about prior research experience and career goals (2-4 pages, double-spaced).
  • A personal statement that conveys how your personal background and life experiences, including social, cultural, familial, educational, or other opportunities or challenges, motivated your decision to pursue this program (1-2 pages, double-spaced).
  • A list of your top four research projects in ranked order.
  • A curriculum vitae or resume. 
  • A copy of your undergraduate college/university transcript (unofficial acceptable) and master’s program transcript (unofficial acceptable).
  • One faculty letter of recommendation. These should be from faculty members who can evaluate your ability, and should be submitted directly by the faculty member.

Send your application materials to

This project is funded by a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services RE-01-15-0086-15 PDF icon and by the University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School, Faculty Allies for Diversity program.