Each summer the faculty organize a number of research projects which are open to students. Applications from both HMCers and off-campus students are considered.
The process of assigning students to summer research projects begins when students complete an application indicating their interests. Faculty then meet and assign students to each project. One spring colloquium session each year is devoted to presentations of upcoming summer research projects.
Each faculty member in the department has an active research program that involves undergraduates. A substantial portion of this research is funded by the National Science Foundation. The department currently has several active NSF grants, and additional research support comes from sources including the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), the Mellon Foundation, and the Baker and Rose-Hills Foundations. We thank all of these sources for making summer research at HMC possible!
During the summer, a subset of the HMC CS faculty advise research projects and operate an NSF REU Site. Although not every faculty member advises a project every summer, our research "homebase," the second floor of Sprague, is a bustling place (we supported over 70 students in 2016). Below is a general list of faculty research interests.
The NSF's Research Experience for Undergraduates programs, or REUs, are funded by the National Science Foundation and support undergraduate research in many academic areas. The HMC CISE REU is open both to Harvey Mudd students and students from other schools. The NSF requires that student participants be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who have not completed their undergraduate studies.