Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) @ LearnLab Applications Due February 15
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From: Michael Bett <mbett@...>
Date: Fri, Jan 25, 2013 at 2:04 PM
Subject: Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) @
LearnLab Applications Due February 15
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Dear Emi Ito,
With the February 15th deadline approaching, could you please help us
get the word out to undergraduates at University of Minnesota-Twin
Cities about our summer research experience for undergraduates? Please
circulate the announcement below to your undergraduates, appropriate
d-lists, twitter, facebook groups, and professional organizations.
Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh have an
exciting opportunity summer research experience for undergradates
(REU) available for undergraduates. The application for this program
is attached and can also be found at
This REU program is sponsored by LearnLab, a Science of Learning
Center funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). We encourage
applications from students who would like to conduct research in the
fields of psychology, education, computer science, human-computer
interfaces and language technologies. LearnLab's REU program allows
talented undergraduates to spend 8 weeks during the summer in a
research laboratory at Carnegie Mellon University, the University of
Pittsburgh, or one of our research partners. The REU program supports
LearnLab's commitment to training a diverse set of science,
technology, education, and psychology leaders.
Applications are encouraged from students who wish to learn to conduct
research in a modern academic research laboratory under the guidance
of experienced scientists and engineers and experiment in real
classroom environments. The REU program will expose students to the
excitement and opportunities of a research career. This experience
will provide excellent preparation for students interested in
subsequently pursuing a Masters or Ph.D. degree. Although students
from other years may apply, this opportunity is most fitting for a
student at the end of the junior year of undergraduate studies.
Each student will receive a fellowship stipend of $4000 for the
eight-week REU program. Food, housing and travel will also be
provided. Students will conduct research in an area matched to the
interests expressed in the student's application. Guidance and
supervision of the research project will be provided by the faculty
member as well as, in some cases, a postdoctoral fellow and/or
advanced graduate student.
Seminars specific to those participating in the REU program will be
held weekly including seminars on graduate admissions and career
opportunities in science, education, computer science and engineering.
In addition, LearnLab seminars and those held by Carnegie Mellon's
Human Computer Interaction Institute and Language Technologies
Institute and seminars at Pitt's Language Research and Development
Center will be open to the students, giving them exposure to a wide
range of research in learning sciences.
There are several benefits that the participating students may
receive. If the student’s research in the summer is of high quality
and has added value to an ongoing research project, past students have
been asked to be a coauthor on the research team's publication on that
subject. Addition of publications to the resume of a graduate school
applicant always greatly improves the application. If the quality of
the research is high, the faculty member who advised the student would
likely be willing to write a letter of recommendation for the student
which could be included in a graduate school application. Research
experience in one of the National Science Foundation's premier
research centers will be viewed attractively. Finally, a summer spent
in one of the National Science Foundation's premier project areas is a
plus in an application whether it be for entry to Carnegie Mellon or
the University of Pittsburgh or to any other institution.
There are scholarships available for graduate work on projects in
LearnLab. The student should inquire about these possibilities during
the summer program.
REU Program Dates: Students will begin their research experience on
Sunday, June 2, 2013 with a welcoming reception and information
session. The REU program will end on Friday July 26, 2013 with a
poster session in the afternoon. Submission of an application
indicates that the applicant agrees to be present from June 2 to 4pm
July 26, 2013 inclusive.
Application Deadline: Deadline for applications is February 15, 2013.
Students will be informed of our decision by March 1, 2013.
Minimum Requirements: Students should have a minimum of 3.5 GPA out of
4.0 although we will consider students who show by other measures that
they are exceptional and who have GPAs over 3.2. Class standing and
grades in specific subjects that are close to the field of research
will also be considered, as are recommendations.
Number of slots/ positions available: LearnLab can accommodate as many
as 10 positions, although in any given year, we may decide to fund
less than 10 applicants
LearnLab Managing Director
National Center for Earth-surface Dynamics
St. Anthony Falls Laboratory
University of Minnesota