Research Experiences for Undergraduates

The application for summer 2022 is now closed.

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.

We are currently planning to run the summer 2022 program in-person on the Twin Cities campus. Participants will receive a stipend of $6,000 paid in installments throughout the summer, housing in university dorms, meal plan, and reimbursement for travel expenses.   However, if the COVID-19 pandemic requires an unexpected pivot to a remote site, we will convert the housing and meal plan costs into an additional payment to help cover living expenses. 

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.

For more information, please feel free to email us at [email protected].