Education & Outreach


Innovation begins not in the research lab, but in the classroom. Inventing the academic research environment of the future -- our mission at the Qualcomm Institute -- means educating the students who will become the innovators of tomorrow. Through QI, students gain experience working on large-scale, interdisciplinary, team-oriented projects that complement and enhance their coursework. Students work directly with faculty and staff affiliates of QI to conduct research, prototype technologies and test those technologies in the field. The experience they gain makes them especially valuable to potential employers, including QI’s industrial and community partners.

Graduate and undergraduate students are invited to participate in QI’s Engineers for Exploration (E4E), a group of students who develop and use technology to drive the future of exploration. E4E projects span aquatic, terrestrial, and aerial environments, opening new perspectives of the planet. With international collaborators in ecology, conservation, and archaeology, they apply remote imaging, sensing, and robotic technologies to extend the limits of human exploration.

For graduate students, QI supports fellowships and research assistantships. These are normally allocated through academic departments.

For undergraduates, QI provides a Summer Research Seminars & Networking program. The program focuses on value-added, hands-on training sessions on research communications (including how to make professional presentations, public speaking, and use social media to publicize research findings) while also offering networking opportunities with other students and faculty.

Students should also consult their respective course catalogs for classes that engage with QI.

QI also participates in various educational outreach activities within the larger community. One example is QI’s presence at Maker Faire. Part high-tech science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, the Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs and others who are seeking creative solutions to problems. This is the essence of Maker culture, and it’s also the essence of what researchers and students do at QI every day.