Out of concern for the health and safety of program participants, CI Research 4 Social Change REU will be virtual in 2021.

Program Overview

The proposed research projects are subject to change, contingent on new mentors and/or the research interests of the students. To learn about past research projects, please visit the REU Alumni page.

June 7 — August 6, 2021

The Cyberinfrastructure (CI) Research for Social Change Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) at TACC is actively engaging 10 undergraduate students each summer for nine-weeks in solving real-world problems of national relevance, teaching them to not only be critical thinkers, but to be creative and reflective as well.

Students gain skills in advanced programming and problem solving and use the CI to conduct cutting-edge research in engineering, science, and computational medicine. Research projects emphasize advanced computing as a tool to power discoveries that will impact social change for future generations.


The enriching and transformative experience at a world-class supercomputing center includes:

  • Training in High Performance Computing (HPC), visualization, and data intensive computing
  • Mentoring by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin
  • Social and team-building activities
  • Professional development and graduate school preparation
  • Leadership development opportunities to develop and enhance communication skills
  • Technical report and publication opportunities


Participants will receive a $5,400 stipend. Additionally, travel grants to present research at an annual conference will be available to selected participants. In-person experiences include travel and housing (+meal card) at The University of Texas at Austin.


The application period for Summer 2021 has closed. The application period for Summer 2022 is November 1, 2021 - March 1, 2022 (contingent on funding).


Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States; be and remain an undergraduate student in good standing; plan to complete an undergraduate degree program. Selected participants must be 18 years of age at the start of the program.


Marques Bland, REU Recruitment Coordinator: mbland@tacc.utexas.edu.

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CI Research 4 Social Change REU is made possible with support from National Science Foundation Award #1852538, which replaces Award #1359304.