ISI awarded Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Site by NSF

November 10, 2017

ISI has been selected to serve as a host institution for the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program.

The federally funded summer research program will draw top students from across the country to explore the theme of “human communication in a connected world” at ISI’s headquarters in Marina del Rey, California.

ISI’s REU program will introduce students to emerging issues in technology communication, including internet protocols and infrastructure, security, semantics, and social networks.

Working alongside renowned ISI researchers, students will sharpen their research skills, develop research plans, and tackle real-world problems in communication, cybersecurity, social networks and natural language processing. At the end of the program, students will draft and present a research paper to share with the ISI community and their peers. 

“Students will benefit by learning about research protocols and procedures, getting to experience first-hand how it feels to work on a research project,” says ISI research team leader Jelena Mirkovic, a cybersecurity expert and ISI REU Site supervisor.

“For many, this will be the beginning of a lasting relationship with their mentors. As undergraduate students, having the opportunity to learn from people who are passionate about their research and get valuable training could also inform their decision to apply to graduate school in the future.”  

The competitive three-year summer programs accept new participants each year from universities across the United States. The NSF will provide stipends for approximately eight students per program to work with ISI researchers for eight weeks, starting in June 2018. 

Participating students will come from colleges and universities across the United States, with 50 per cent of students coming from underserved populations. Students from community colleges and other institutions with limited research options are especially encouraged to apply.

Applications are due March 15, 2018. To learn more, please visit the program website.