CS+: CompSci Projects Beyond the Classroom

CS+ is a ten week summer program only for Duke undergraduates to get involved in computer science research projects with faculty in a fast-paced but supportive community environment. Students participate in teams of 3-4 and are jointly mentored by a faculty project lead and a graduate student mentor. The experience is meant as a rich entry point into computer science research and applications beyond the classroom.


  • The program ran for ten weeks from Tuesday, May 26, 2020 (the day after Memorial Day) through Friday, July 31, 2020.
  • The program ran virtually with the same basic logistics in terms of time commitment, stipend, dates, expectations.
  • Participants received a stipend of $5,000 to cover living expenses. 
  • Applications opened in December 2019 and went through February 2020. First round offers began in late January to early February.

Questions about the program or issues with the application? Please email csplus@cs.duke.edu.

CS+ admissions are closed for Summer 2020. We filled all our projects and are no longer accepting new students.


What is the difference between Code+, Data+, and CS+?  All three “plus” programs have the same model: students collaborating in teams on a project in tech/data for the same 10 weeks of the summer and receiving a stipend of the same amount. We also partner to provide some common events (talks, social events, final poster fair, etc) in order to create a larger ecosystem of students studying in tech and data over the summer; over 100 students participated in 2019 across all three programs. Each program has its own application.

  • CS+ focuses on projects in computer science research and applications and is run by the Department of Computer Science. Project leads are typically computer science faculty.
  • Data+ focuses on interdisciplinary data science projects from all over the university, and is run by Rhodes I.I.D. in Gross Hall. Project leads are typically faculty from diverse areas of the university, with frequent additional participation from community and/or industry partners.
  • Code+ focuses on projects in software and product development and is run by Duke OIT taking place at the American Tobacco Campus in downtown Durham. Project leads are professional IT developers with the emphasis on developing real-world development experience. 

Do I apply to the program, or can I pick the projects I want to be a part of?  You can apply specifically to the projects and faculty of interest to you.

How much background do I need?  CS+ is intended for students who have some computer science experience, but students do not need to be computer science majors or rising seniors in order to apply. We welcome and encourage applications from rising 2nd and 3rd year students who have completed the introductory course sequence in computer science and have skills and interests that make them a good fit for their projects.

Recent years' CS Summer Research Projects ‒ learn more:

2020 Undergrad Summer
Research Projects