Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) at Notre Dame

Computational Social Science Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

Final NSF notification for the award is pending

This Computational Social Science REU program is a ten week program where ten students will work collaboratively with expert mentors and select from a wide variety of computational social science projects at the University of Notre Dame. Computational social science as an approach to analyzing the social world is has been growing rapidly. An increasing number of social interactions are taking place in the virtual world, using social media, mobile phones, and other electronic means. The digital traces of such interactions and the greater availability and detail of CSS data sets (e.g. surveys, census data, historical records) yield and exponential growth in data available for analysis. New cyberinfrastructure tools and methodologies for data analytics are needed to capitalize on this resource and enhance American economic competitiveness. This REU training environment will develop multidisciplinary social scientists with the appropriate expertise to answer the computational social science data growth challenges and opportunities.

Students will work with their mentor on a research project for the whole summer. Each week, students will meet several times to report on their research, to receive technical and personal development training, and to learn more about scientific computing at Notre Dame.

Funding:

  • Stipend of $500/week to cover meals and other living expenses
  • Travel allowance
  • On-campus housing

Who Should Apply

  • US citizens and permanent residents majoring in computer sciencepsychology,economics, or sociology are eligible to apply.
  • Women and minorities that are under-represented in the sciences are especially encouraged to apply. 

Important Dates

  • Saturday, February 20, 2016 - Applications received by this date will be given first consideration.
  • Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - REU program begins
  • Saturday, July 30, 2016 - REU program ends 

How to Apply

  1. Look at available research projects, and pick 3-5 that interest you most.
  2. Fill out the online application.

Arrange for two letters of recommendation to be sent to koconne8@nd.edu before February 20, 2016.


DISC-Data Intensive Scientific Computing Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

Students in the DISC REU program will learn how to use high performance computing and big data technologies to enable new discoveries in computer sciencephysics, and biology. We work on grand challenge problems, like discovering new galaxies in digital imagery, discovering new fundamental particles, using gene sequencing to understand disease, predicting the effect of new drugs using computational modeling, and many more.   To do this, we harness large scale computing clusters and big data systems composed of hundreds or thousands of machines, all working together in concert.  To make advances in these areas, our goal is to train the next generation of scholars to be adept in both scientific domains and advanced computing techniques.

Students in the REU program will be embedded into a research group and work closely with their faculty mentor throughout the summer.  All REU participants will meet together several times a week to learn about scientific computing research at Notre Dame, receive training on technical topics, and learn about graduate school and research careers.  Social events and an outing to Chicago will be arranged.

Funding

  • Stipend of $500/week to cover meals and other living expenses
  • Travel allowance
  • On-campus housing

Who Should Apply

  • US citizens and permanent residents majoring in computer sciencephysics, or biology (and closely related fields) are eligible to apply.
  • All applicants should have some programming experience and some exposure to the physical sciences.
  • Students with minors or double majors across two or three of the topical areas are encouraged to apply.
  • Women and minorities that are under-represented in the sciences are especially encouraged to apply.

Important Dates

  • Monday, February 15th, 2016 - Applications received by this date will be given first consideration.
  • Tuesday, May  24th, 2016 - Program start date
  • Saturday, July 30th, 2016 - Program end date

How to Apply

  1. Look at the available research projects, and pick 3-5 that interest you the most.
  2. Fill out the online application.
  3. Arrange for two letters of reference to be sent to koconne8@nd.edu before February 15th, 2016.
  4. Contact Kallie O’Connell at koconne8@nd.edu with any questions.

Biological Sciences Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame is sponsoring an NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program during the summer of 2016. The focal point of the proposed projects is Integrative Cell and Molecular Biology.

The program consists of 10 weeks of full-time research, a research proposal process, a weekly seminar program, regular group meetings in research labs, special workshops on career choices in the sciences, integrative research, ethics, and scientific communication. Lastly, participants will give a formal presentation at the end of the summer in the REU Summer Symposium.

Funding

  • $5100 stipend including lab supplies, housing on campus, meals, and travel up to $500.

Who Should Apply

  • Current freshmen, sophomores, juniors and non-graduating seniors majoring in biological sciences, who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, are eligible to apply.
  • Underrepresented minority students, disabled students, and students from small colleges without graduate biology programs are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

Applications should include:

  1. A cover letter stating your career goals, research interests and strengths
  2. A completed application form
  3. An official transcript
  4. Two recommendation letters from science faculty that must be emailed directly from the faculty

Analytical Chemistry Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

The Analytical Chemistry REU program is a 10-week, full-time research opportunity at the University of Notre Dame. This REU will teach students how to engage with a project at the instrumental and experimental design level, focusing on methods and devices needed to solve analytical problems in the developing world. All the projects involve analytical chemistry, but there are many different approaches, ranging from projects that focus on designing and building instrumentation, to those that use high tech instruments for analyzing samples of interest in the developing world context, to adapting analysis methods so they can be used in field or low-resource settings. Analytical targets include pharmaceuticals, nutrients, environmental contaminants, and biomedical analytes.

Funding

  • Full room and board 
  • $1,000 supplies budget
  • $500 travel allowance
  • $3,000 stipend 
  • Can apply for second year of support with international travel option.

Who Should Apply

  • U.S. citizens or permanent residents with a strong background in science or engineering and an interest in international development.
  • Rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors at a four-year college or university are eligible, as are community college students who will matriculate at a four-year college as a rising sophomore, junior, or senior in the fall. 
  • Students at educational institutions that do not offer many opportunities for undergraduate research will have an edge.

How to Apply

  • Go to the application web site and enter information about your academic background, your previous science/engineering experience, how you would contribute to the various goals of the program, and which of the projects are of most interest to you.
  • The application site explains how to request an official transcript and two letters of recommendation from science faculty.

Physics Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

The physics REU program provides opportunities for undergraduate physics majors to experience hands-on participation in research in many areas of physics. Students come to Notre Dame and work with a professor for 10 weeks, are granted stipends, university housing, and assistance with travel and food expenses.

The students will work closely with faculty and graduate students on a variety of current research projects. The summer program not only provides each student direct experience with a specific project, but also provides important exposure to all areas of physics research.

The REU program provides valuable research experience, to help students decide if physics research is a path they would like to pursue. Students who are in those groups traditionally underrepresented in sciences (women, members of underrepresented minorities, and those with disabilities) are particularly urged to apply.

Funding

  • Round trip travel allowance to the University of Notre Dame.
  • $5,000 stipend plus free on-campus housing.

Who Should Apply

  • Physics majors who are U.S. citizens or legal residents.
  • International students are only considered if financial support has been arranged through your university or another organization.

How to Apply

  • Go to the website and read the application instructions carefully.
  • The link to the 2016 Program Application is at the bottom of these instructions. Please follow the instructions carefully to ensure your application will be received.