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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

2021 Program Dates will be posted soon.


Applications for Summer 2021 will open in the Spring.

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.


Please check back soon for information about 2021  information.

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