8-Weeks, Paid Research

May 14, 2017 July 07, 2017

Welcome to the REU program hosted by the Computer Science department of James Madison University. This REU site will conduct an eight-week summer research program for undergraduates from May 14, to July 07, 2017. The focus is on "Socially-Conscious Computing". Please see the projects page for more details.

We are searching for rising juniors or seniors from accredited undergraduate institutions who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents to participate in this summer REU program to conduct research with Computer Science faculty members. Applicants should have a strong academic record and preferably a proficiency in at least one programming language. Underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply, as well as those from academic institutions with limited research opportunities. Each selected participant will receive a $4,000 stipend, on campus housing, and a travel reimbursement of up to $500 to conferences/workshops. In addition to research acitivites, there will be a number of common social activities for REU fellows during the program.

REU Site Aim

This REU Site aims to:
  • train the next generation of scholars to conduct cross-cutting computing research;
  • introduce students to graduate education and research career opportunities through preparatory workshops and one-on-one mentoring;
  • increase faculty and graduate student awareness of undergraduate research mentoring through Affinity Research Group (ARG) model workshops;
  • provide opportunities for students to disseminate research and faculty to disseminate best practices for mentoring;
  • provide a unique learning and research opportunity in liberal arts environment, which have been proven to provide better experince for underguates; and
  • inspire middle school and high school students to consider computing through REU student and graduate mentor panels and shadowing opportunities during computing-related summer camps.

More about REU Site

The department of Computer Science at James Madison University provides a welcoming and thriving environment for education. Each REU fellow will be provided challenging research opportunities and close mentoring so they can reach their full potential as an undergraduate researcher. The REU site will provide opportunities for undergraduate students who would not otherwise have had the opportunity to conduct summer research. All undergraduate researchers will have access to an extensive range of research opportunities in a broad range of areas within computing domain. They will participate in workshops on socially usable computing, development of basic research skills, professional development and application of scholarships and fellowships for graduate studies. We also will arrange field trips to visit local IT companies and nearby academic institutions. The experiences and skills that the participating fellows are able to obtain from this program will have practical applicability to research in their future studies.

We would like to thank the Department of Computer Science, College of Integrated Science and Engineering (CISE), The Office of Sponsored Research Programs and James Madison University for providing support to this project.

JMU is located in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, bordered on the east by the Blue Ridge Mountains and on the west by the Allegheny Mountains. With sections of the George Washington National forest in both mountain ranges, there are excellent opportunities for hiking and camping in the area. Mountain biking is also very popular, and the rolling countryside makes for excellent road riding as well. There are a number of historical sites in the area, including the New Market Battlefield, for history buffs. Washington, D.C., with all its cultural opportunities, is only a 2-hour drive to the northeast.

The acceptence in this REU program is dependednt on the availability of funds

If you have any question, please contact Dr. Farzana Rahman at rahma2fx@jmu.edu
Please begin the subject of the email with the prefix REU@CSU: <your subject>, where <your subject> is the subject of your e-mail.