Research Experiences for Undergraduates

CSE@TAMU SUMMER 2014 REU PROGRAM: COMPUTING FOR DISASTERS

 
Summer 2014 will mark the eleventh year that the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University is offering a summer REU Program (Research Experiences for Undergraduates). The program spans 10 weeks and involves undergraduate students from Texas A&M as well as students from other colleges and universities from across the United States. It is hoped that the students participating in the CSE REU program will make significant contributions to ongoing faculty research and, more importantly, will gain an appreciation for and an interest in graduate school and a future research career.

Research Areas

Program Dates & Application Process

The program runs from Monday, June 2nd to Friday, August 8th and will be held on campus at Texas A&M University in College Station. Applications for the program should be submitted beginning November 1, 2013 using the web-based application. The application includes statements describing the applicant's research interests and technical skills, transcripts, and letters of recommendations (to be submitted on-line as well), so applicants are encouraged to start the application process well in advance of the deadline.

  • Application Deadline: March 1, 2014
    Texas A&M Students need ONLY submit their unofficial transcript. An official one is not required for TAMU students.
  • Program Offers Emailed: By end of March 2014

Eligibility

To participate in the program, students must:

  • be computer science and computer engineering majors from computer science, computer science and engineering, electrical engineering, or clearly related departments.
  • have a cumulative minimum GPA of 3.00 (exceptions may be made based on review of the applicant's last 60 hours of coursework)
  • plan to graduate no earlier than December 2014
  • be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • may not enroll in additional academic courses during the summer sessions

Funding

During your REU you will be classified as a student worker.

CSE@TAMU REU students' funding may differ from one professor to another.

  • $5,000 for your research work at CSE@TAMU for the summer
  • $1,000 meal allowance
  • $1,000 housing allowance (if not living in luxury housing provided)
  • Actual travel expenses to and from Texas A&M University

References

Because the evaluation committee is most interested in your potential for graduate studies and research, letters from professors or others who have advised you in research or taught you in class are most useful. However, since not all students will have had prior research experience, letters from supervisors from work or other individuals can be provided.

Program Details

Below is information related to the CSE@TAMU program itself as well as information about the Texas A&M University community. Deciding to join us for the summer is an important choice and we want you to be prepared!

Travel and Housing Information

If you have accepted an offer to participate in the CSE@TAMU Research for Undergraduates (REU), you will be asked soon after your acceptance about your travel arrangements. We ask that you allow us to make your travel arrangements as they pertain to airline travel due to reimbursement procedures. If you plan to drive your own car to College Station instead of flying, there are other travel procedures that must be followed.

Upon Arrival on Monday, June 2nd, there will be a CSE@TAMU Welcome.
Most participants arrive in College Station the weekend before the program begins.

Housing for the CSE@TAMU group for the Summer of 2014 will be at the Stack at Legacy Point. Within walking distance of campus, the Stack is a fully-furnished, privately-owned dorm. Please see the website for more information on the actual location and look of the housing. You will room with one other person in the CSE@TAMU group. Housing is assigned randomly by the REU program administrator unless otherwise notified. Please let the REU program administrator know as soon as possible if you have any needs such as accessible living or any special arrangements.

Housing Amenities Include:

  • Private Bedrooms with Bathrooms inside the Bedroom
  • Washer and Dryer in Apartment
  • On-Site Professional Management
  • Access Card Controlled Community
  • Private Garage parking and Bicycle Stations
  • High Speed Wi-Fi throughout the Building
  • Study Areas on Each Floor
  • Close Proximity to Campus and Northgate District
  • 24-Hour Fitness Center with Aerobic Area
  • Beautiful Resort Style Pool and Hot Tub on Elevated Deck
  • Lounge Area with Pool Table and Flat Panel Televisions with Surround Sound
  • Courtyard with Gas Grills, Dining Area and Flat Panel Televisions with Surround Sound

What you should bring with you:

  • Twin sheets
  • Personal linens
  • All toiletries
  • Laundry items (detergent, fabric softener sheets), etc.
  • Initial money to "get started"

Additional Housing Information:

If your research schedule this summer is not during the dates of June 2nd to August 9th, 2014, then you will be responsible for locating housing outside of this time. The Texas A&M class schedule does not allow either on or off-campus dorms to be available.

Program Information

Stipends

Direct Deposit is available through the Texas A&M Howdy Portal or the check(s) will be mailed to your address of record.

Programs, Seminars and Learning Opportunities

This summer you have the unique opportunity of participating in innovative research, being in a new place, meeting new people, and experiencing many new and different things.

During this 10-week summer program, students will

  • be embedded with faculty and graduate students defining, conducting, and presenting a research project,
  • attend formal seminars and informal brown-bags given by faculty, industry, and graduate student mentors designed to give students the advantage in going to graduate school and pursuing a career in high-tech,
  • go on tours of Texas A&M laboratories
  • have weekly social functions with other REU students and faculty and graduate students

Lastly, you might ask, what are the requirements of me as a Research Undergraduate this summer in terms of deliverables? As an REU participant, you are required and expected to produce the following:

  • Research Abstract/Statement
  • Research Paper
  • Personal Website
  • Poster — for presentation at two poster judging contests
  • Participation in three programmatic surveys — to enhance the experience and receive feedback about our program

Miscellaneous

A Few Odds and Ends.

  • The average temperature for the summer is 90° F — so bring shorts and t-shirts. It might rain so don't forget your umbrella and/or tennis shoes. Don't worry: everyone has air conditioners!
  • Texas A&M University is a large, but friendly campus. Our summer enrollment is 19,000 so there will be plenty of students around town.
  • Texas A&M University is listed in College Station, Texas, but bordering College Station is Bryan, Texas—the total population of the two towns combined is around 160,000.
  • Texas A&M University is centrally located near many other towns in Texas and even Louisiana — 97 miles northwest of Houston, 183 miles south of Dallas, 183 miles northeast of San Antonio, and 120 miles east of Austin; 75% of the Texas and Louisiana populations, a total of 21 million people, reside within 3½ driving hours of Bryan-College Station.

Links to various campus and city interests.
Bryan/College Station Visitors & Convention Bureau
Bryan/College Station Chamber of Commerce
Texas A&M University
Texas A&M Calendar of Events

If you have questions or need more information about the CSE REU Program, please contact:
 
Theresa Roberts
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Texas A&M University
3112 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-3112
ph: 979-862-3405
E-mail: theresa@cse.tamu.edu

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