Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Department of Computer Science
Binghamton University

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CS REU@BU Program Overview

The Binghamton University Computer Science Department has hosted an National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Site in Computer and Information Science and Engineering since the Summer of 2007.

Our particular areas of emphasis include computer architecture, energy-aware computing, virtualization, cloud & grid computing, Internet search, image computing, security, algorithms, data mining, and mobile & sensor networks.

See the official NSF Abstract of our award.

A few quick facts about our Summer REU Program are included below.

Pay: Students will receive $500 per week for 10 weeks, for a Total of $5000 for the summer.

Travel: Each student will also be allotted a total of $500 for travel to and from Binghamton. If some students require less money to cover travel expenses, then others who need more may be able to receive it. This will depend on where the students come from (and therefore how much it will cost to get here), etc. Officially, each student who is accepted into the program is guaranteed at least $500 in travel expenses, if needed.

Housing: On-campus Housing is Free for all student participants. Students will reside on campus, close to other REU participants, to foster friendship and community. More details about the housing plan will be provided upon acceptance into the program.

Food: On top of the $5000 stipend and free housing, students will get an additional $60 per week for food for on-campus meals on weekdays. This $60 is not intended to cover all meals, but it should be more than enough for a standard breakfast and lunch, five days a week, on campus. Students will need to pay for the rest of their meals (including dinners and all weekend meals) themselves. Various campus eateries will be open throughout the summer program, and the university is conveniently located for many off-campus eating options. Students will receive more information about the meal plan and food options upon acceptance into into the program.

Schedule: Students are expected to complete full 40 hour work weeks, for each of the 10 weeks of the program. A small portion of this time will be spent in lectures and group meetings; the majority of it will be spent working on your individual research project. The exact hours you work, what your work entails, and what you do during your work time will depend on your Faculty Mentor and on your particular project. Students should assume that they will work hard, but that the time will fly by, and you'll be excited enough by your project that you'll want to put in extra hours... that's what research does to you!

Eligibility: This program is intended primarily for academically strong rising junior and senior undergraduate computer science majors. As per NSF rules, students "must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions." Excellent candidates in related fields (e.g. electrical engineering or especially computer engineering) will also be considered, if their expertise matches the needs of potential Faculty Mentors. Exceptional rising sophomores may also be considered. Students who will graduate this May or June are not eligible.

Women, students from underrepresented groups, and students from undergraduate-only institutions are especially encouraged to apply.

Brief Application and Program Synopsis:

Students apply to the REU by mailing the information requested on our Application Page, which is available during the time that we're accepting applications (January through mid-March). The application may/should specify a preferred project and/or Faculty Mentor from lists we will provide. All applications will be considered by a small committee at Binghamton, and 10 students will be accepted, matched with Faculty Mentors, and contacted. If any student should choose to turn down the invitation to join the program, we will go back to the pool of applicants to find a suitable replacement, until all slots have been accepted.

Students will learn of their individual Faculty Mentor, and the research project they work on will be determined solely by that professor and the student. The program runs from late May through mid-August, with a 1 week optional break over the July 4th holiday to reflect the time between Binghamton Summer sessions. Students, of course, may elect to stay on campus during this time. For the 10 weeks of research, students will primarily be working on their individual research project, but will also attend a Research Careers Lecture Series, regular group meetings among all REU participants, and other events intended to provide information about, and foster interest in, Computer Science research.

More information may be found on the other pages on this site, and many more details will be provided to selected participants, upon acceptance into the program. However, please feel free to contact Binghamton's REU Site Director, Mike Lewis, ahead of time, if you would like more information about the program, including the stipend, housing, projects, eating, the program itself, or anything else, before applying. Prof. Lewis can be reached at or 607-777-4927.

This project is supported by NSF
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