Structure and Details of Our Program

Eligibility

This is a federally-funded program and requires that student participants be:

  • At least 18 years old by May 28, 2017.
  • U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents of the U.S. or its territories.
  • Students in good standing at an undergraduate degree program who will not have graduated by the end of this REU program.

Application Deadline

Students should submit their electronic application before Saturday, February 18, 2017. We are able to be more flexible with letters of recommendation (we're letter-writers ourselves), though ideally they would be in before 2/25/17. The NSF has recommended that some of our applicant pool be offered an “early decision” option, so we encourage applicants not to wait until the the last moment to apply — sooner is better!.

Recommenders should send their letters to reu@cs.hmc.edu with REU recommendation letter somewhere in their subject line. We can't say exactly when each applicant will be contacted after the application deadline, but we strive to make it as soon as possible.

Program Dates

The 10-week session will commence on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 and will end on Friday, August 4, 2017.

We expect students to arrive on Monday, May 29 to and leave Saturday, August 5 — student housing includes those two dates.

We recognize that some applicants may not have fully completed their spring term by our start date of May 30. If this is the case, please let us know and we will make every effort to accommodate you in our program. We have made this work for every such participant in the past–and there have been a good number of these cases.

Location

The research program will take place on the Harvey Mudd campus. The college is in the city of Claremont on the eastern edge of Los Angeles county. The walkable heart of Claremont (known as “the village”) boasts numerous restaurants, shops, and various entertainments including an independent movie theatre. Grocery stores, from Vons to Trader Joes are also within walking distance north of the college. Claremont is pleasant and safe community, sometimes called “the city of trees and Ph.D.s”—in fact, a few years ago it was Money Magazine's “5th Best City to Live in America”. Here's to hoping we're faring even better in 2017.

The city of Pasadena is nominally 35 minutes away by car (... and up to infinitely far away in practice, depending on traffic). Downtown Los Angeles can be reached in about 50 minutes via the Metrolink light rail system (considerably less traffic-dependent).

Living and Dining Arrangements

Student REU participants live in comfortable Harvey Mudd dormitories. The building includes one or more kitchens, and participants will receive meal stipends. (We tried dining-hall plans in the past, but this proved far more popular!)

Research Facilities

The students will join 2017's Summer of CS in the second floor of HMC's Sprague building. The large space is the research home of 50-70 undergraduates and has a number of work areas, meeting rooms, along with plenty of computers and "thinking spots." The area is 3 minutes away from the faculty offices, and we've found this strikes a productive balance of responsiveness and independence.

Social Life

The REU students will live in adjacent singles along the "REU" hallway in one of our dorms; many other researchers in CS and all of HMC's disciplines will live in that and other dorms, as well. The CS department organizes a number of planned activities on evenings and weekends, with plenty of leeway for student-organized outings. (NSF funds are not used for outings/attractions, per rule, so student researchers support admission tickets, etc.) The department does offer help in organizing events (student "vice-chancellors of fun," internally funded) and past summers have featured remarkably varying choices, spanning from HMC-centric to the nearby mountains, beaches, and LA attractions. Typically 200 HMC and other undergrads spend the summer at HMC engaged in research–up to 70 in computer science; there will be ample opportunity to get to know fun and interesting people.

Stipend/support

All student particants who complete the program will receive a $5000 REU stipend, in addition to the meal stipends. Lodging/room and most travel costs for the program are also covered by the NSF REU.