About the Program

The Department of Computer Science at the University of Houston is conducting a research program this summer of 2024 for undergraduate students starting May 28th until August 2nd. The program will be held in person, unless unlikely events happening in the upcoming months.
NSF REU Site: REU stands for Research Experience for Undergraduates, it is a grant mechanism sponsored by NSF to promote scholastic activities at the undergraduate level. Participating students need to be enrolled in an accredited U.S. university or college and be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Preference is given to juniors and seniors, but freshmen and sophomores are also considered if they have a strong record.
Mentorship: The twelve selected REU participant will be paired with faculty members from the UHCS department (available projects). The mentors will be supervising and guiding the REU participants and have frequent and regular meetings with their mentees either in person or through virtual communication tools such as Zoom or MS Teams.
Seminars: The twelve REU participants will get to attend talks given by faculty, professors, and industry professionals in fields of Data-Driven computer science. The invited professors are not only from the UHCS department, but from other universities and even from other countries. The REU participants may also attend talks that are hosted by other NSF REU Sites.
Team Building: The REU participants have multiple opportunities to interact with each other throughout the program before or after seminars, during weekly lunches, and during scheduled activities like tours of Houston's hot spots. They will also be living in same dormatory, in which they are free to make acquaintance and schedule their own plans.
Midterm and Final Presentations: The REU participants are asked to perform a Midterm presentation towards the middle of the program, and a Final Presentation on August 6th. These presentations allow the faculty to get an understanding of the projects the REU students (who aren’t their mentees) are working on, and to track their progress throughout the program. It is also beneficial for the students to get feedback from faculty members other than their mentor. These events will be held online via zoom and each participant will have 20 mins to present and 10 mins for Q&A and feedback.
Acknowledgement: This project is sponsored by NSF under CNS-1551221 and CCF-1950297. Special thanks to the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics for its financial support. The University of Houston is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.