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CRA-W/CDC Paid Research Internships


Application Deadline:  February 15, 2009

The CRA-W/CDC Distributed Research Experiences for Undergraduates (DREU) Program is a highly selective program that matches promising undergraduates with a faculty mentor for a summer research experience at the faculty member’s home institution.  The objective of the DREU is to increase the number of women and students from underrepresented groups entering graduate studies in the fields of computer science and engineering.

The DREU experience is invaluable for students who are considering graduate school, providing them with a close-up view of what graduate school is really like and also increasing their competitiveness as an applicant for graduate admissions and fellowships.

Funding for the student consists of $6000 for the summer (10 weeks), plus relocation travel assistance when appropriate.  Additional funds may be available to support student conference travel, either during the summer or afterward, and for outreach activities promoting the DREU.

An on-line Application for students and faculty mentors, more information about DREU, and webpages authored by previous participants are available at:

Application Deadline February 15, 2009

Awards Announced: mid-March 2009

Notes for faculty mentors regarding the DREU Program:

* Cost sharing by faculty mentors is encouraged. The number of students interested in the DREU program has increased substantially over the last several years. To enable more students to participate, faculty are now encouraged to provide funds to support (partially or fully) students; the DREU will provide travel support for all students.

* All interested faculty are eligible to be DREU mentors. All interested faculty are encouraged to apply as mentors. Nonetheless, based on the documented benefits of role models with similar gender or from similar demographic groups, it is anticipated that DREU funds will mostly be used to support students matched with mentors from groups underrepresented in computing. Hence, other mentors applying should attempt to provide full funding for their students’ stipends (the program will provide travel support).

For more information about the DREU, consult the DREU webpages

or contact the DREU Co-Directors at

Nancy Amato, Professor, Texas A&M University Co-Director, Distributed Research Experiences for Undergraduates (CDC)

Tracy Camp, Professor, Colorado School of Mines Co-Director, Distributed Research Experiences for Undergraduates (CRA-W)

Maria Gini, Professor, University of Minnesota Co-Director, Distributed Research Experiences for Undergraduates (CRA-W)

The Computing Research Association (CRA, is an association of more than 180 North American academic departments of computer science and computer engineering; laboratories and centers in industry, government, and academia engaging in basic computing research; and affiliated professional societies.

The Coalition to Diversity Computing (CDC, is a joint organization of the ACM, CRA, and IEEE-CS.

DREU is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation with additional support from AAAI, the Luce Foundation, and USENIX.

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