VR-REU: Research Experience for Undergraduates in Immersive 3D Visualization
8-Weeks, Paid Research
June 6 – July 29, 2022
The VR-REU program in immersive visualization and virtual/augmented/mixed reality (VR/AR/MR) will involve 10 students per summer directly in multidisciplinary research projects. Participants will be provided training in immersive 3D visualization tools and technologies. The objective of the program is to inspire participating students to consider STEM as a career path and pursue STEM careers at the graduate level, and specifically target participation of women and underrepresented groups. The program will identify research collaborators with immersive visualization needs and assign each student to a REU team. Each REU team will consist of a research mentor and a REU student. The mentoring team includes members not just from CS but also from diverse backgrounds including film and media, journalism and biological sciences.
Pariticpants will gain hands-on experience doing creative VR/AR/MR and 3D Visualization projects. Students will participate in mentored research projects in data driven research areas, including scientific visualization and visual analytics. Some of the planned research projects include: VR for aiding students with learning disabilities, MicroRNA (Ribonucleic Acid) as a regulator for cell lineage plasticity, immersive remote telepresence, indoor robot navigation along with 3D object identification, sonifying the microbiome, and VR for improving inter-personal skills in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) students. This experience will include excursions and social events.
In addition to the exposure to cutting edge research, students selected to participate will receive a travel stipend for one round trip to and from New York City, a housing allowance, a bi-weekly stipend to cover living expenses and access to research faculty and VR/AR/MR resources to help facilitate their success in the program.
- Undergraduate students enrolled in a US University or college in good academic standing, with at least two semesters remaining in their undergraduate program.
- Interest in VR/AR/MR and scientific/data visualization from non-technical and technical backgrounds.
- All majors are encouraged to apply.
- Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
- Accepted students must complete the 8-weeks program and all requirements, which includes attending seminars, project reports, presentations, project website updates, etc.
- Women and members of under-represented groups are especially encouraged to apply.
Funding is available for 10 undergraduate students in Summer 2022. Applications open in November 2021. Interested students should submit their interest below and we’ll let you know when the application opens. In the meantime, you should start preparing your application materials as specified below:
- Please have a look at the list of research mentors and projects and use this as a guide in completing your application. Your letter of interest should specify two or three projects of interest and explain why you are suitable.
- In addition to the application, you must provide contact information for two faculty members ar your institution, who will be sent a reference form to complete online. We advise that you obtain a recommendation from at least one faculty member (ideally from your home institution) who should confirm that they would like to be involved in your mentoring during and after the summer program.
Previous REU at Clemson University: Summer 2017