Our 3-week non-residential summer program, July 11th - 29th in 2022, exposes high school students from the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond from underrepresented groups to the exciting field of AI with a focus on biomedical applications.
Participants engage with academics and professionals in the field to learn about cutting-edge ideas, such as AI applied to biology and healthcare.
Applications for the 2023 summer program will be available by March 2023
What is AI and UCSF AI4ALL?
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a branch of computer science that allows computers to make predictions and decisions, solve problems, and perform tasks. It's a technology that's rapidly changing the world and has impact across all disciplines and industries. AI has amazingly broad applications, and we need people with comparably broad set of experiences, worldviews, and identities working on AI. However, there is a distinct lack of diversity of people in the AI community, leading to a lack of diversity of thought. This results in technology biased for certain demographics, needs and values, accruing the benefits of AI to the few instead of the all.
The solution starts with education — that's where UCSF AI4ALL comes in. During the summer, UCSF and AI4ALL are partnering to teach AI to high school students from underrepresented groups, focusing on AI for biomedical applications. The program will involve hands-on experience with AI, hearing from a diverse set of role models in AI, and learning about how AI can be used to advance health. Students will come away from the camp knowing how AI can be used to advance biology and clinical practice, how to carry out research in this field and what kinds of careers exist at the intersection of AI and biomedicine. After the camp, students will be invited to join the AI4ALL alumni community, where they will have access to further support including mentorship, research opportunities, and grant funding.
The camp will run from Monday, July 11 to Friday, July 29, 2022. 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.