DREU Final Report

As part of the Distributed Research Experiences for Undergraduates program, each student and his/her mentor is expected to submit a Final Report. The reports are to be submitted after the student has completed the mentorship, and the submissions are part of the requirements for the student’s fourth (and last) stipend payment.

Guidelines and Requirements for Students:

The student’s final report is a technical paper describing his/her research project. It should be included in the student’s final website.

  • The paper should provide a technical description of the project and the results you obtained. It should include a scholarly review of the related prior work, including citations to the relevant literature. The writing style and technical level should be similar to that which would be used for a paper published in a technical conference in that research area.
  • A presentation (e.g., powerpoint slides) is not acceptable as your final report – you must provide a technical paper. However, you are welcome to include a technical presentation in addition to your paper. Indeed, this is strongly encouraged if you have prepared a presentation on your project.
  • All materials (the required paper, and the optional presentation) should be provided in pdf or postscript format. You can do this easily by using a postscript printer and printing to a file or by using a freely available program such as pdf995 to “print” documents to a pdf file.

Guidelines and Requirements for Mentor:

The mentor’s final report is submitted using a web-based form on the DREU Program Site. The questions asked in the form on the website are:

  • Please give a brief description of the student’s project
  • Please give a brief evaluation of the student’s performance. Did the student accomplish more or less than expected? Would you like to have this student as a graduate student? In general, how happy were you with the student’s work and how does the student compare with other students at a similar level?
  • Is there anything else you would like us to know (for example — things that did not work well, suggestions for improvement, methods you found useful to welcome the student into your research group, something interesting or exciting about this student)
  • Is there anything you would like to tell the student (these comments, if any, will be forwarded to the student)?