Research Experiences for Undergraduates in New Paradigms of Information Retrieval from Diverse Data

June 3 - Aug 2, 2013

Department of Computer Science, Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas, 78666

Supported by National Science Foundation


The research experiences for undergraduate students in New Paradigms of Information Retrieval from Diverse Data is funded by NSF OCI and hosted by iDig research group in Texas State University.  There are 10 positions for this 9-week program.  The summer 2013 program will start on June 3rd and finish on August 2nd.

The intellectual theme of this new REU site is information retrieval with a focus on new paradigms and diverse data. The world is becoming increasingly digitalized. Digital data appear in diverse forms: textual, multimedia, georeferenced, structured, etc. Retrieving information from such diverse data of large scale pose unprecedented challenges. New paradigms need to be explored and next-generation computer scientists need to be prepared with advances in this field. This REU site provides opportunities for 10 undergraduate students each summer to directly participate in research that propels Internet innovation. The site emphasizes the participation of a diverse group of students, in particular, women, minorities, and students from community colleges.

The highlights of our REU experiences are:

  1. Students will be given the opportunities to work on research problems with practical applications.
  2. Students will work in groups in a scholarly community that consists of mentors and practitioners who can serve as role models and become part of students' virtual support group.
  3. Students will participate in a series of field trips and workshops to bridge their transition to graduate programs.
  4. Students will be closely mentored on research process and presentation skills that culminated in a public oral presentation at Texas State at the end of each summer.

Application deadline for summer 2013 is March 18. However, we will continue to take applications until all spaces are filled.

The key benefits of the program:

  1. Working on one of the research projects that will advance the state of art in information retrieval
  2. Improving future career perspectives
  3. Generous stipend ($4500 for 9 weeks)
  4. Travel reimbursement of up to $600
  5. Free on campus housing and meal allowance
  6. Learning how to write quality research papers and give research presentation
  7. Building a network of supporting community for future graduate career