i4 Latest News

  • Congratulations to our 16 NSCI students who were awarded an i4 internship opportunity at 7 industry partners during Summer 2024. We cannot wait to hear back about your experience.
  • Watch the i4 keynote speech at the NSCI Senior Symposium by Kurtis Minder about "Cybersecurity: More than a Career, a Purpose". Available here, also available in 360 view here.
  • i4 interns, Saray AlSaffar '23 (Bioinformatics), Jacob Brandis '23 (Computer Science), and Madison Pierre '23 (Computer Science), were featured in the St. Edward's news article sharing their internship experience during Summer 2022: Launching Students into STEM Careers.

Our Mission

The mission of the Institute for Interdisciplinary Science (i4) is to build capacity in interdisciplinary sciences, informatics, and emerging technologies as we increase students’ readiness for the 4th Industrial Revolution. The Institute is an educational and professional framework that fosters cross-sector partnerships and interdisciplinary collaborations. To this end, the Institute (i) coordinates on-campus interdisciplinary events that challenge us to explore complicated problems with cross-disciplinary approaches; (ii) organizes cross-sector cooperative agreements with public and private entities around the Austin, TX area and beyond; (iii) exposes STEM majors to the postgraduate landscape by networking them with employers and graduate programs through guaranteed internships; (iv) funds faculty and student professional development by offering awards to faculty and micro-credentialing tuition awards to students; and (v) catalyzes faculty advancement, interdisciplinary collaborations, and innovative research through the presentation of research opportunity awards.

Together, these activities facilitate the preparation of students for the 4th Industrial Revolution, which is a recently embarked era where biological, digital, and physical systems coalesce to connect people, objects, and disciplines. The consensus among world leaders and prominent academics is that interdisciplinary education, industry-academia cross-talks, data science and informatics, and the development of adaptive STEM graduates who can innovate in a climate of change are pivotal for success in the 4th Industrial Revolution. 

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STEM Students

We Prepare Next-Level STEM Graduates

"STEM graduates who can adapt and innovate in a climate of change are pivotal for success in the 4th Industrial Revolution. Our National Science Foundation-funded Institute for Interdisciplinary Science (i4) focuses on increasing students’ readiness for this global revolution brought on by smart technology. The institute builds skills in interdisciplinary sciences, informatics and emerging technologies. Students can tap into paid summer research internships, tuition awards for STEM courses not offered at St. Edward’s; events and keynote speakers; networking with employers and graduate programs; and more". Read the full story.

SEU to You

What is the 4th Industrial Revolution? Associate Professor of Computer Science Bilal Shebaro shares opportunities for internships, micro-certifications and events offered by the Institute for Interdisciplinary Science (i4 Institute) to prepare students for this very exciting time in which we live


This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1832282

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