Research Experience for Undergraduate Studies

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Research Experience for Undergraduate Studies

NSF REU Site: Applying Data Science on Energy-efficient Cluster Systems and Applications

Location: California State University, Northridge

Summer 2024: June 3, 2024 - July 26, 2024 (Application is open until March 17, 2024!)

This is a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). The goals of this program include increasing the participation of undergraduate students, especially from groups that are underrepresented in computing, in research on data science and energy-efficient computing; and applying data science to build energy-efficient cluster systems and applications. It will provide opportunities for undergraduate students to conduct research during an 8-week summer program. 

REU Site objectives:

  • Students will develop skills in intelligent data collection, data processing, and data visualization of geospatial data and maps;
  • Students will gain expertise in applying data science technologies and methods to model the energy consumption of cluster systems and automobile air conditioning systems;
  • Students will study parallel and distributed computing knowledge and investigate solutions to reduce the energy cost of cluster systems and applications.

Our REU Site will provide undergraduate students with an immersive experience in which they will participate in training and research activities to apply knowledge and skills of data science and parallel and distributed computing on energy-efficient cluster systems and applications. Students will gain research experience in problem-solving through analyzing existing research, designing and conducting experiments, and applying data science technologies in data collection, analysis, processing, and modeling. The faculty mentors in this program have exceptional expertise in data science and parallel and distributed computing, with extensive experiences in mentoring undergraduate student research. A series of training sessions will be provided at the beginning of the program to onboard students, introducing the working environment, the context of the research, and technical skills needed for projects in the program. The students selected for the REU Program will receive a stipend of $700/week for the 8-week period and subsistence allowance including boarding and meals.

Contact Person: Dr. Xunfei Jiang
Department of Computer Science
College of Engineering and Computer Science
California State University, Northridge
Northridge, CA 91330
Office: Jacaranda Hall 3519

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Participation Eligibility

To be eligible for the REU Site program, you must be:

  • Must be enrolled in an undergraduate institution with at least one year remaining before graduation after finishing the research;
  • Must be enrolled in Computer Science, Computer Information Systems, Computer Engineering or other related majors
  • Must have 3.0 or higher GPA;
  • Must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or permanent resident of the United States.


Application Deadline: 03/17/2024
To prepare your application:

  • Your undergraduate transcripts
  • Your resume
  • A statement of purpose
  • A reference who is willing to provide a support letter for you. You will need to enter their name and contact information in the application form, and then they will be notified about how to submit their support letter.
Click the button below or search for award number (2244391) in the NSF ETAP system.
NSF Education and Training Application (ETAP)
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Program Schedule

Following is the projected timetable for the student recruitment, summer research program, and workshop that will happen every year from 2023-2025

  • Feb - March: Recruitment Activities
  • March - April: Application Review and Phone Interviews
  • April - May: Final Decision Notification and Confirmation of Participation
  • June - July: Summer Research Program
  • Fall: Workshop