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University of Michigan School of Information


Research experience for master's students

A student and a professor discussing a research poster

12-week paid summer research experience in 2020

About the REMS fellowship

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 25–August 14, 2020, in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Develop your research skills with world-renowned faculty and in leading institutions on the U-M campus. The students selected for the 2020 summer program 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.

2020 research projects

Visit MCompass to learn about the 2020 Research projects.

Students show their research posters

Eligibility and requirements

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Currently enrolled master's student or 2020 master's graduate in an iSchool, School of Library and Information Science, or related program
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Able to participate full-time in research activities in Ann Arbor, Michigan from May 25–August 14, 2020 (Read more about life in Ann Arbor.)
  • Students who will be enrolling in a doctoral program in Fall 2020 are not eligible

We encourage applicants from underrepresented populations and give top priority to applicants from schools with limited research opportunities.

Participant benefits

  • 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: Monday, February 17, 2020

The application requires:

  • An interest statement that 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 five 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; this should be from a faculty member who can evaluate your ability, and should be submitted directly by the faculty member

Apply via MCompass by Monday, February 17, 2020.

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This project was previously funded by a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services RE-01-15-0086-15.