The Texas A&M University Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Applied Computational Robotics is a 10-week summer program designed to introduce students from computer science and related areas to research in robotics.
The program is based on the idea that "robots change everything." That is, when we use computers to make robots autonomous, the complexity and unpredictability of the physical world make a huge difference on nearly every aspect of that computing system, from the application-specific algorithms and data structures, all the way down to the lower-level considerations of security and network connectivity.
Participants in this program engage in active research rooted in areas that are often overlooked by the contemporary robotics community, but crucially important for the deployment of reliable, trustworthy, autonomous robotic systems.
Applications for summer 2023 are now closed.
The program is designed for students that have taken at least some introductory courses in Computer Science and who are interested in learning more about robotics and about research. Applications from women, underrepresented minorities, and students from institutions with limited research opportunities are especially encouraged.
This program is open to all U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are enrolled in an undergraduate degree program. Due to our sponsor's requirements, no exceptions can be made.
In addition to an opportunity to learn about robotics and research in a fun and supportive setting, there are several benefits.
A stipend of $600 per week.
On campus housing in a community of scholars.
A meal allowance of $1200.
Travel expenses up to $600.
Professional development and training workshops.
Coordinated social events.
In exchange, we expect participants to live in the provided on-campus housing, and to invest about 40 hours per week in the program, including:
Conducting research in our labs in collaboration with faculty and graduate student mentors.
Participating in all professional development workshops.
Presenting a poster at the summer-end Research Symposium.
Writing a final paper summarizing the results of the project.
And of course, we expect all participants to adhere to all relevant laws and university standards.
We have a list of frequently asked questions.
You can also contact Jason O'Kane, the program director, at .