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Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate Research

If you’re a CDM undergraduate student considering graduate school, or if you just want to earn some hands-on experience to utilize all of the knowledge you have accumulated over the past few years, then consider participating in a research project at CDM.

Benefits of Undergraduate Research

Before getting involved you should consider your research goals and interests, and estimate how much time you have to commit to work on a project. There are many benefits to getting involved in research activities while enrolled as an undergraduate student. Some of these benefits include:
  • Active involvement with CDM faculty mentors
  • Experience working as part of a research team
  • Participation in current, interdisciplinary research at DePaul
  • Course credit towards your undergraduate degree (IT 300 - Research Experience)
  • Opportunities for presentation and dissemination of research results
  • The rewards of academic publishing and attending conferences
  • A great source for recommendation letters for graduate school
  • A glimpse into the life of a graduate student

SoC Research Opportunities for Undergraduate Students

NSF Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) Sites
The National Science Foundation (NSF) funds a number of REU sites where groups of undergraduates are brought together for summer research experiences. An REU Site consists of a group of about ten undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution.

Each student is associated with a specific research project, where he/she works closely with the faculty and other researchers. This experience is invaluable for students who are considering applying to graduate school. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel. DePaul has been awarded two NSF REU grants to support undergraduate research in Grid Computing and Medical Informatics.

Undergraduate Research Assistant
There are many research opportunities for undergraduate students at CDM. Undergraduate students become part of research teams consisting of several faculty and graduate students and work together on different research projects. These projects are chosen based on faculty research expertise as well as their emphasis on both theoretical and practical research.

Many times, the undergraduates working on these projects receive undergraduate research assistantships either through the faculty grants or through the DePaul University Undergraduate Research Program.

View a listing of current SoC research projects.

NSF Distributed Mentoring Program (DMP)

The objective of the NSF Distributed Mentoring Program is to increase the number of women entering graduate studies in the fields of computer science and engineering. It brings together CS&CE undergraduates and professors for a summer of research at the mentor's research institution. Students will be directly involved in research, meet and interact with graduate students and professors, and work with successful researchers. This experience is invaluable for students who are considering applying to graduate school. As with the NSF REU Program, the DMP program also offers students stipends and possibly assistance with housing and travel.

Each student is associated with a specific research project, where he/she works closely with the faculty and other researchers. This experience is invaluable for students who are considering applying to graduate school. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel.