Welcome to REU-INCLUSION

What’s REU-INCLUSION?

Incubating a New Community of Leaders Using Software, Inclusion, Innovation, Interdisciplinary and OpeN-Science (INCLUSION) is a 10-week summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). INCLUSION is an opportunity for 10 undergraduate students from underrepresented communities and Minority Serving Institutions to work in pairs with pairs of mentors on interdisciplinary socially-impactful INCLUSION research projects that develop and use open source software (OSS). The program will begin with a two-day Software Carpentry workshop where students can study existing OSS. As students learn to make better software, they will document and test software, and share with others including their home institutions, an undergraduate research symposium on the University of Illinois campus, and the science and engineering research community.

Highlights

  • 10-week summer program offers opportunities:
    • to develop and master research skills
    • to apply open source software technologies to real-world problems
    • to work closely with NCSA researchers and faculty affiliates
    • to work on interdisciplinary and socially-impactful research projects
    • to participate in social activities, networking and professional development events
  • $500/week stipend
  • Room and board
  • One round-trip for out-of-state students

Eligibility Criteria

All students who apply to INCLUSION must be:

  • Citizens of the United States or permanent residents
  • Enrolled in a degree program (part-time or full-time) leading to a baccalaureate or associate degree
  • In good academic standing at their college or university
  • Enrolled in any major and in any year of undergraduate studies are eligible to apply

Priority is given to minority students applying from outside of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Through the personal statement letters and letters of recommendation, more junior students (typically in their first two years of college) need to demonstrate:

  • Interest in conducting open software research
  • Desire to learn and actively collaborate as a part of a team
  • Some professional work or volunteer experience that demonstrates the applicant’s understanding of professional working environments
  • Some software experience is a plus, but not required

Through the personal statement letters and letters of recommendation, more senior students (typically in their last two years of college) need to demonstrate:

  • Interest or experience in conducting open software research
  • Desire to learn and actively collaborate as a part of a team
  • Some professional work or volunteer experience in a university or similar research organization that demonstrates the applicant’s understanding of academic working environments
  • Software programming experience, for example in classes or through work on software projects

Important Dates

  • Online Application: November 1, 2017 – February 10, 2018
  • Program Session: May 21 – July 27, 2018