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
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
DREU Program Details & Evaluation