Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has designated the University of Minnesota as a site for Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program.

The Department of Computer Science & Engineering offers a 10-week summer research program for undergraduate students focusing on human-centered computing for social good. Participants will be immersed in a collaborative community of practice and be mentored by CS&E faculty researchers in the areas of virtual reality, visualization, human-computer interaction, and human-robot interaction. To frame the societal relevance of their research, students will work on a project that addresses at least one United Nations Sustainable Development Goal. Lab activities will be supplemented with weekly research training seminars, invited talks, and professional development workshops.

In this program, students will come together to learn about computing research methodologies, participate in active research, and receive professional development training. Participants will receive a stipend of $7,000 paid in installments throughout the summer, housing in university dorms, meal plan, and reimbursement for travel expenses. 

Participating in an undergraduate research project is a great way to learn a lot about a specific area and to try your hand at a cutting-edge research topic. If you are thinking about graduate school, this is also an excellent opportunity to find out what research is about and to get experience before applying. Students that identify as members of underrepresented groups in computer science, first-generation college students, and those at institutions with limited research access (e.g., liberal arts or community colleges) are particularly encouraged to apply.

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