Welcome to IAAMCS

The Institute for African-American Mentoring in Computing Sciences (iAAMCS, pronounced ‘i am cs’) serves as a national resource for all African-American computer science students and faculty. The objective of iAAMCS is to increase the number of African-Americans receiving Ph.D. degrees in computing sciences, promote and engage students in teaching and training opportunities, and add more diverse researchers into the advanced technology workforce.

iAAMCS utilize resources from nationally recognized programs and projects, including mentoring strategies from past National Science Foundation Broadening Participation in Computing (BPC) Alliances and Demonstration Projects, the Collaborative Research Experience for Undergraduates (CREU), and the Distributed Research Experiences for Undergraduates (DREU).

iAAMCS Goals

  • Increase in African American students in graduate computing programs
  • Increase in African American recipients of graduate degrees in computing
  • Increase in the number of African Americans who enter the professoriateIncrease the number of African Americans who enter careers that utilize an advanced degree in computing
  • Longitudinal data collection and evaluation for national dissemination
  • Support CISE Pls and CS Department looking to support BPC efforts
  • Support HBCU and African American computer science faculty

Our Programs

Fellowship Writing Bootcamp

A Fellowship Writing Bootcamp is being proposed as a carryover from the past IAAMCS alliance grant. The all-day, one-day bootcamp will be held one day immediately before the IAAMCS National Conference..

Future Faculty & Research Scientist Mentoring Program

The program, from the original alliance, will consist of joint meetings that occur every three months with themes that focus on the application process, interview preparation, networking for job opportunities, the academic job calendar, offer negotiation, CV optimization, evaluation of multiple job offers, and knowing what jobs to apply to.

Graduate Student Paired Mentoring Program

The Graduate Student Paired Mentoring Program will formally pair IAAMCS undergraduates looking to attend graduate CS programs and graduate students in CS programs with graduates affiliated with IAAMCS. The program will include quarterly virtual check-ins between each mentor and mentee pair.

Co-affiliated Networking Events

IAAMCS will participate in conferences and workshops in order to learn about emerging issues (and solutions), disseminate findings, share IAAMCS resources with other vendors, market the organization to potential members, educate attendees on best practices, discover opportunities that can be shared with IAAMCS member, and participate in conference & workshop activities.

Build social media presence

IAAMCS will have a web presence through the IAAMCS website and LinkedIn group. The website will only contain information for the public, while a LinkedIn group will contain announcements and other communications.

Original Youtube Content Development

It is estimated that by 2022, there will be 210 million viewers in the U.S., up from 192 million in 2018 [26]. This traffic makes YouTube a potential funnel for African American learners to access digital content developed by IAAMCS.

Black CS Student Database

A database of Black students will be located on the IAAMCS website. A small fee will be charged to departments and companies to gain access to the registry to ensure sustainability after the award is over.

Annual Report on the State of Blacks in Computing

This report will come from the alliance’s core research activities, including qualitative findings as well as the largest survey ever distributed to Black CS students and recent graduates.

Core Research

In order to expand the alliance’s impact and contribute to the broader BPC community, AIR will lead a five-year research plan to complement the core programs and fulfill the alliance’s fifth goal.