Workshop Overview

State-of-the-art cloud computing and networks require state-of-the-art methodologies to understand and secure them, and use them efficiently. During a weeklong workshop, participants will understand cloud computing starting from the bottom of the networking stack from photons of lambda (fiber-optic) networks to the Internet Protocol to application performance in the cloud. Participants will take away an appreciation for cloud computing and network research with Cornell faculty and a taste to do research with state-of-the-art facilities at a top institution like Cornell University.

Summer workshop participants:

  • Conduct cloud and networking research with a faculty research mentor
  • Give a short oral presentation and/or written report at the end of the workshop
  • Participate in exit interviews and surveys to improve the curriculum

Originally developed by Professor Hakim Weatherspoon in collaboration with Howard University's Computer Science department.  The primary goal of this workshops is to increase exposure and enhanced research capabilities for participants, especially underrepresented minorities.

Cornell Chronicle article on the SoNIC Workshop


  • When: June 15th - 19th 2020
  • Details: Check Daily Schedule from 2019
  • Where: Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • Cost: Fully Covered (Travel, Lodging, Meals, etc)

Important Dates

  • Application Goes Live: January 2020
  • Application Deadline: February 2020
  • SoNIC Workshop: June 15th - 19th, 2020


The SoNIC Summer Research Workshop is an annual weeklong workshop that targets increasing participation of underrepresented minorities at the Ph.D. level in computer science. The SoNIC workshop has been held for years in the month of June since June 2011, each year hosting up to 25 students. We surveyed past participants in August 2014 and a number of results stood out: 93% of all respondents stated that the SoNIC workshop directly influenced their involvement in computer science and 87% stated that they are currently or intend to pursue a graduate degree (47% Ph.D. and 40% masters). If even a fraction of the participants continue and receive a Ph.D, it would represent a significant impact: In the 2012-2013 academic year, 22 (1.5%) African Americans, 20 (1.4%) Hispanics, and 3 (0.2%) Native Americans received a Ph.D out of 1,432 total Ph.D’s earned in computer science in the United States (Computing Research Association, Taulbee Survey, 2014).


Sophomore, Junior, Senior, or Masters student in Computer Science (CS), Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), Physics, or Math. Must be a student studying in the US or Puerto Rico.


If you are interested in applying for the SoNIC Summer Research Workshop, please submit your application here: Applications are closed at this time. Please check back in February of 2020 to apply for next year's program!

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