Apply to the UMN REU Summer Program

Applications for Summer 2017 Now Closed

June 5 to August 11, 2017

DEADLINE: February 28,2017

2017 Application Form

The UMN REU Program on big data will provide 10 students the opportunity to collaborate with CS&E faculty on active research. Participants will be closely mentored by these faculty, and students will be provided with supplemental activities to support their research endeavors and long-term professional and academic goals. These 10 students will be joined by 10 UMN undergraduate students to create a talented and diverse cohort.


This program is for talented and motivated students enrolled in a computer science or related undergraduate program. Students are not eligible if they have already earned a B.S. or B.A. at the time of the program. Applicants should have basic understanding of programming at the start of the summer, but experience specific to big data is not necessary. Students must be available full time Monday through Friday throughout the 10-week program.

Students part of underrepresented minorities in computer science and those who are at institutions with limited research access are strongly encouraged to apply. Of special note, 2 slots are reserved for students enrolled at a local institution other than UMN.

Specific eligibility requirements include:

  • Citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
  • Enrolled full time at an academic institution as part of an undergraduate program.*
  • In excellent academic standing.
  • Not already earned a B.S. or B.A. degree.
  • Available full-time (40 hours per week, Monday through Friday) during the 10-week program.
  • Basic programming skills evidenced by the computer science courses listed on your transcript(s).

* Current University of Minnesota students who would like to participate in all REU Site program activities can apply, but UMN students will be hired by faculty under different funding, as determined by the hiring faculty member. Housing would not be provided. UMN student applicants, please complete and submit all application materials except the recommendation letters.

During our review process, we will evaluate each student based on a collection of materials including transcripts, application form, statement of purpose, recommendation letters, and resume. We will be looking for students strongly motivated to pursue opportunities that advance them academically, professionally, and personally, and who have the talent and potential to be successful in those endeavors.

How to Apply

  1. Fill out the Application Form.

  2. Submit a short resume, Statement of Purpose (1 page), and unofficial transcripts by e-mail to Be sure this e-mail originates from the same e-mail address you listed on the application form in step 1. You may be asked to produce official copies of your transcripts as a condition of acceptance. We prefer plain text or PDF documents.
  3. In your Statement of Purpose, please expand your short answers from the Common Application Form. In particular, describe briefly any of your independent projects that involved computing in some way, especially projects involving big data, and also more details on your future career goals.
  4. Ask for 2 recommender(s) to submit letters of recommendation by e-mail to the the same address Ask them to put your name (the person they are recommending) in the subject line of the message. One of the recommenders must be a faculty member at your undergraduate institution. The second recommender must be a faculty member or a direct supervisor who is familiar with your work.

Acceptances will be announced within two weeks of the February 28 deadline. We will consider applications received after February 28, provided room is available.

If you have any questions about this process, please contact us at (Include the word question in the subject line.)