Dominican encourages computer science students to investigate the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program, which funds undergraduate research in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation.

REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program. Participating students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel.

An REU site consists of a group of approximately 10 undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Each student is associated with a specific research project and works closely with faculty and other researchers.

Students apply directly to the sponsoring institution, usually in February or March for the following summer. REU programs can be found across the United States. For example, one Dominican computer science major recently completed an REU at Iowa State University.

The NSF maintains a directory of active REU sites.