REU’s at the University of Rochester

Ranked # 29 in the US News & World Report’s Best Colleges, the University of Rochester or “The U of R” is a small school with BIG Research contributions specifically in optics,. The university hosts four REU Programs.  Students who are accepted into their REU programs will benefit from a ten week experience working with faculty and graduate mentors, graduate school preparation seminars, GRE preparation classes and participate in community building activities to take advantage of the cultural activities that can be found in the city of Rochester.

1. Computational Methods for Understanding Music, Media, and Minds

“How can a computer learn to read an ancient musical score? What can methods from signal processing and natural language analysis tell us about the history of popular music? Can a computer system teach a person to better use prosody (the musical pattern of speech) in order to become a more effective public speaker?”

This REU combines machine learning, audio engineering, music theory, and cognitive science. Students will work in teams of two will be mentored by two or more faculty members drawn from Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Brain and Cognitive Science, the program in Digital Media Studies, and the Eastman School of Music.

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors 
Citizenship Requirements: U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
GPA: Not Specified
Students must have completed two computer science courses or have equivalent programming experience by the start of the program.
Deadline to Apply: February 9, 2020

Where is Rochester?
Rochester is three hour drive to Toronto and a one hour plane ride to New York City

2. Advancing Human Health, From Nano to Network

“ Human health research at the University of Rochester (UR) covers a wide range of engineering and science disciplines and a breadth of topics including accessibility, drug delivery and the development of therapeutic and novel medical devices. Students who are interested in understanding human health as a continuum of interrelated complex systems and questions will excel in this REU program”

Deadline to Apply: January 27, 2020
Students will need to apply via a two-step process:

Step 1.  Apply for the NSF Common Application, be sure to select “Human Health REU at University of Rochester” in the Site Selection section of the application to apply for this REU

Step 2. Apply to the supplemental application for this REU

Fun Fact: Rochester is sometimes known as the Flower City due to the number of seed companies in the state.

3. Nano-, Bio-, and Quantum Photonics at University of Rochester

“This program will engage participating students in the frontiers of photonics research in nanoscience, bioscience and quantum science while at the same time providing them with experiences to recognize the excellent career opportunities, both academic and industry based, available in photonics.”

Students should be majoring in engineering or other physical sciences

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors
Citizenship Requirements: US citizens & permanent residents
Deadline to Apply: February 15, 2020

Fun Fact:  The University of Rochester’s Laboratory for Laser Energetics is the largest university-based US Department of Energy program in the United States

4. Physics

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Rochester hosts a 10 week REU that brings students to work with faculty on research on projects such as experimental condensed matter physics, astronomy and cosmology, theoretical quantum optics, experimental plasma physics, experimental optics, and computational neuroscience.

Previous participations have undergraduate research assistants have been published in scientific journals and have presented at national conferences. 

Levels: Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
Citizenship Requirements: US citizens & permanent residents
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Deadline to Apply: February 15, 2020
In addition to the online application students should have two letters of recommendation and transcripts sent to the program contact.

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