Research Experiences for Undergraduates


The University of Minnesota offers a 10-week summer REU program for undergraduate students focusing on human-centered computing for social good. Participants will be immersed in a collaborative community of practice at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and mentored by faculty researchers in the areas of virtual reality, social and embodied computing, 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.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are planning to host the summer 2021 program as a virtual REU site. Participants will receive a stipend of $6,000 paid in installments throughout the summer. Because we cannot provide on-campus housing, students will also receive an additional payment of $3,588 to cover living expenses. We will do our best to accommodate students' technology needs to support their remote participation in the program.

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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