DREU: Distributed Research Experiences for Undergraduates
Known as the DMP, Distributed Mentor Project, from 1994-2008
Distributed Research Experiences for Undergraduates from Underrepresented Groups in Computer Science and Engineering

Nancy Amato
Texas A&M University
DREU Co-Director
Monica Anderson
The University of Alabama
DREU Co-Director
Maria Gini
University of Minnesota
DREU Co-Director
Ming Lin
University of North Carolina
DREU Co-Director


The objective of the Distributed Research Experiences for Undergraduates (DREU) is to increase the number of women and students from underrepresented groups entering graduate studies in the fields of computer science and engineering. This highly selective program matches promising undergraduate women and undergraduate men from groups underrepresented, including ethnic minorities and persons with disabilities, in computing with a faculty mentor for a summer research experience at the faculty member's home institution. Students are directly involved in a research project and interact with graduate students and professors on a daily basis. This 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.

Information about the Summer 2017 DREU Program

Student and mentor applications for the summer 2017 will be accepted until February 15, 2017. Awards will be announced in March 2017.

Funding for the student consists of $700 per week for research, plus relocation travel assistance when appropriate. A student's funding is intended to cover 10 weeks of research in the summer of 2017, but alternative arrangements are possible. Additional funds may be available to support student conference travel, either during the summer or afterward, and for outreach activities promoting the DREU.

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 and many qualified students have not been selected due to lack of funding. 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. Nonethess, based on the documented benefits of role models with similar gender or from similar demographic groups, it is anticipated that DREU funds will be used to support students matched with mentors from groups underrepresented in computing. Hence, it is anticipated that other mentors will provide full funding for their students' stipends (the program will provide travel support).
  • DREU Mentoring Tips

DREU Credits and Sponsors

The CRA-W Distributed Mentoring Program (DMP) was conceived of and managed by the Computing Research Association Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W) from 1994-2006 with the objective of increasing the number of women entering graduate studies in the fields of computer science and engineering. Since 2007, the program has been jointly administrated by the CRA-W and the Coalition to Diversity Computing (CDC), and its objective has been expanded to encourage computer scientists and engineers from all underrepresented groups to consider graduate school. Beginning with 2009, the program name was changed to DREU, Distributed Research Experiences for Undergraduates, to more accurately reflect the program.

DREU/DMP has been continuously supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) since its inception in 1994. In addition to the generous NSF support, the DREU project has received additional support over the years from the Education, Outreach, and Training program of NSF's Partnerships for Advanced Computational Infrastructure (NPACI), AAAI, the Henry Luce Foundation (current), the Shanahan Trust, and USENIX.

[ DREU Awards & Student Websites 1994-2014 | Accomplishments of DREU Participants ]
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For more information on DREU, please visit the DREU website.
If you have any questions about DREU, please consult the DREU FAQ (frequently asked questions), the DREU Procedures and Requirements Summary or contact