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Undergraduate Programs

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

NSF funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its REU Sites program. An REU Site consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Each student is associated with a specific research project, where he/she works closely with the faculty and other researchers. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel. Undergraduate students supported with NSF funds must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions. An REU Site may be at either a US or foreign location.


Advancing Human Health, From Nano to Network

The University of Rochester NSF REU: Advancing Human Health, Nano to Network, provides an interdisciplinary framework for faculty and students to utilize hypothesis-driven research to advance human health. The broad aims of the project are to develop critical thinking, ethics and the communication skills of undergraduate researchers who are less likely to receive these opportunities.

The Human Health REU is coordinated by the David T. Kearns Center, home to a vibrant community of undergraduate scholars. REU students will spend nine weeks living with and learning among 60-70 other undergraduate researchers. You will conduct 300 hours of research under the guidance of one or more of the University of Rochester’s premier faculty members, attend several seminars and workshops that discuss in-depth research techniques, complex problems and finding unique solutions, as well as career opportunities and preparation. You will create academic presentations and present a final poster at the end of the summer. In addition, you will visit and enjoy the summer scene of Rochester, NY and spend time bonding with new friends. 


Nano-, Bio-, and Quantum Photonics 

The program “REU Site: Nano-, Bio-, and Quantum Photonics at University of Rochester” aims to create a well-defined pipeline to a career in photonics for REU participants.  There is a particular focus on underrepresented demographics, undergraduates from colleges without strong photonics research programs, and community college students—all of whom might not otherwise recognize photonics as a possible career path.

This program will engage participating students in the frontiers of photonics research in nanoscience, bioscience and quantum science while at the same time providing them with experiences to recognize the excellent career opportunities, both academic and industry based, available in photonics.  The host department is the university’s world-renowned Institute of Optics, located in the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.  REU participants will benefit from the Institute’s Summer School, its Industrial Associates program, and its strong ties with the local Rochester photonics industry. 


Computational Methods for Understanding Music, Media, and Minds

How can a computer learn to read an ancient musical score? What can methods from signal processing and natural language analysis tell us about the history of popular music? Can a computer system teach a person to better use prosody (the musical pattern of speech) in order to become a more effective public speaker?

These are some of the questions that students will investigate in our REU: Computational Methods for Understanding Music, Media, and Minds. They will explore an exciting, interdisciplinary research area that combines machine learning, audio engineering, music theory, and cognitive science. Each student will work in a team with another student and will be mentored by two or more faculty members drawn from Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Brain and Cognitive Science, the program in Digital Media Studies, and the Eastman School of Music.


Other REU Programs at the University of Rochester

Department of Physics REU Program

Department of Chemistry REU Program