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Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates

The Thomas M. Siebel Center for Computer Science, home to Illinois Computer Science.
The Thomas M. Siebel Center for Computer Science, home to Illinois Computer Science.

In the 10-week long Illinois Computer Science Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU), students work with Illinois faculty mentors and graduate students over the summer to get an introduction to computer science research. This is an outstanding opportunity for aspiring scientists and faculty to learn from leading experts in computer science.  

The Illinois CS REU program includes an end-of-summer research symposium for participants to show off their work, as well as weekly seminars covering research skills, presentation skills, information about graduate school, and how to apply for graduate studies.

The University of Illinois is one of the nation’s leading public land-grant universities, home to a top-5 CS graduate program with a rich history in computing and the nation’s premier academic supercomputer, Blue Waters.

Important Dates

Illinois CS REU Session Dates-UPDATED: Monday June 1  - Friday July 31, 2020


Applications will remain open until May 15, 2020.

Application Materials:

  • Name and contact information of one reference
  • Current CV or Resume
  • A 300-500 word statement of interest describing your personal goals and how you believe this REU experience could help you achieve those goals.

Click here to apply for the 2020 CS REU!


On-campus housing will be provided for students who are sponsored through the CRA-W DREU program. Department staff will be in touch with details.

Other housing options: University Housing (for University of Illinois Students), Short Stay Housing Options (for Visitors), Off-Campus Housing Explorer.


Parking is not included and must be arranged with the Illinois Parking Department.

Contact Information