Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates - CSURE REU

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About the CSURE project

The Computational Science for Undergraduate Research Experiences (CSURE) REU site project will direct a group of undergraduate students to explore the emergent computational science models and techniques proven to work in a number of data and compute intensive applications using the supercomputers at the National Institute for Computational Sciences (NICS) located at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

The CSURE program will give students a synergetic set of knowledge and skills they need to begin using computational methods, as well as provide each student an intensive research experience with a faculty or laboratory mentor.

The program focuses on five different scientific domains: chemistry and material sciences, systems biology, engineering mechanics, atmospheric sciences, and parallel solvers on emergent platforms. The program for each summer will start with a two-week intensive introduction to the supercomputing environment and the computational methods and tools in the focus areas selected for that summer. Each pair of students will then be assigned a project appropriate for their background and skill level in which they will solve a computational modeling problem under the supervision of a team of mentors and advisors. Activities will include meetings and discussions with project personnel, including graduate students, group presentations and feedback sessions, attendance at research seminars, and a final report and public presentation.

Application to CSURE 2015 starts on November 17.

Submit an Online Application

Application Requirements

The application requirements are:

  • Two letters of recommendation from professors on school letterhead *
  • Official Transcripts from all universities and colleges you have attended *
  • Goal statement (uploaded on application)
  • Resume (uploaded on application)

* Letters of recommendation and transcripts can be sent either electronically (scanned and emailed) or by regular mail. For scanned copies you will still be required to provide the original documents upon request.

The 2015 CSURE program runs from June 1st till August 7th, 2015. The program is limited to U.S. Citizens or permanent residents. Application deadline is February 20, 2015.

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Financial Support

Each student accepted by the program receives a stipend of $500 per week and, if necessary, a travel stipend of up to $1000. In addition, students may receive $210/per week for the housing at UT apartment.

Mailing Address

All correspondence can be sent to and by mail to

Joint Institute for Computational Sciences
University of Tennessee
Claxton Bldg., room 354
1122 Volunteer Blvd.
Knoxville, TN, 37996-3460