This article is published in the November 2022 issue.

CRA-WP 2023 Distributed Research Experience for Undergraduates (DREU) – Applications Open


The objective of the DREU program is to increase the number of persons from populations underrepresented in computing including women, Black/African American, Native American/Alaskan Native/ Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latinx, LGBTQAI+, Persons with Disabilities, and Veterans.

DREU participants have the opportunity to be directly involved in a research project and interact with graduate students and professors on a daily basis. This experience is invaluable for those who are considering graduate school; DREU will provide a close-up view of what graduate school is really like and increase interns’ competitiveness as an applicant for graduate admissions and fellowships. Faculty mentors will have the opportunity to work on their research project with new students from other institutions and to mentor future graduate students.

Distributed Research Experiences for Undergraduates (DREU)

  • Application Period: October 15 – February 15
  • Learn More: Hear from previous attendees!
  • Eligibility:
    • For Students: Applicants should be students who are pursuing an undergraduate degree at an institution in the U.S or its territories. Applicants should be interested in doing research in the computing field. International Students may apply, however, most of the funds for the DREU program are restricted to US citizens and permanent residents, so the number of non-US student participants will be limited. Priority will be given to students who have completed two to three years in a CS or CE major by the program start date.
    • For Faculty: Potential mentors should be professors in CS, CE, or other closely related areas at U.S. Ph.D. granting universities with active research programs, into which DREU students may be integrated. Interaction with current graduate students is a feature of the DREU experience; it is necessary that the mentor’s research group include graduate students who will be on campus throughout the summer.
  • Click here to apply!