UCSF AI4ALL is a program promoting greater diversity and inclusion in the field of Artificial Intelligence. Our mission is to inspire tomorrow’s leaders to know, think about, and use artificial intelligence ethically. During the program, participants receive broad exposure to Artificial Intelligence topics through faculty lectures and field trips, as well as an in-depth experience with a research area through hands-on projects. Mentoring and career/personal development sessions with faculty, researchers, and graduate students further enable personal growth and an opportunity to explore career interests at the intersection of Computer Science and Biomedicine. We are committed to serving students of all financial backgrounds. [ Read our article 'Nurturing diversity and inclusion in AI in Biomedicine through a virtual summer program for high school students' published in PLOS Computational Biology ]
Who Should Apply?The program targets 9th-12th graders from racial/ethnic groups dramatically underrepresented in AI: Black, Hispanic/Latinx, and Native American. Applications from young women are particularly encouraged.
Application Deadline: Thursday, March 31, 2022
UCSF AI4ALL 2022 Program: Monday, July 11 - Friday, July 29
Program LocationThe 2022 program will take place virtually. Lectures and research will be conducted online. Students will be expected to attend sessions virtually each day .
AI Education and Inspiration
- Lectures by UCSF professors.
- In-depth introductions to ongoing research projects at UCSF.
- Field trips to local companies involved in AI in Biomedicine.
- Talks by experts in career and personal development.
- Small-group mentoring sessions with UCSF faculty and senior UCSF researchers.
- Social events with UCSF graduate students.
- Students will engage in a small-group research project led by graduate students.
- Each research project will be focused around an application of AI to biomedicine.
- Students will give a group presentation of their work at the end of the program [ Watch the recordings of the 2019 Keynote Speech and Student Presentations, 2020 Keynote Speech and Student Presentations, and 2021 Keynote Speech and Student Presentations ].
This is the first AI4ALL camp to focus on novel research discovery and the application of AI to Biomedicine.
Typical Daily Schedule
The weekly schedule consists of days split between lectures and demonstrations in the morning, and time to work on a hands-on research project in the afternoons.
Days begin with lectures from UCSF faculty and graduate students, followed by teaching and demonstrations. During the presentations, participants engage with the day's lecturer and ask questions about their work and involvement in AI.
After lunch, participants work on their research projects that will be presented at the end of the third week. Participants work closely with UCSF graduate students, who serve as research instructors, to apply the machine learning techniques they learn to real problems and datasets and to get hands-on experience with how using AI tools can be applied to biomedicine.
Participants have time to interact with graduate students and postdocs to provide mentoring and help develop personal growth. They learn how to get involved in the AI community. There will be field trips, as well as panels hosted by our industry sponsors so students can learn about career opportunities in AI and how they can stay connected with the community.
Below is a sample schedule: