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REU-ESE 2014

The project descriptions and online application are now available!

The Summer 2014 offering of the University of Alabama (UA) Research Experience for Undergraduates in Empirical Software Engineering (REU-ESE) spans 9 weeks and offers opportunities for 12 students from UA and other institutions across the Nation.

Available research projects share the theme of empirical software engineering and span several exciting areas of inquiry, including natural language analysis in software maintenance & evolution, software engineering techniques and tools for computational science & engineering, open-source developer communities, predictive adaptive mobile user interfaces.

REU-ESE participants will conduct empirical studies.  That is, they first will use observation to collect and analyze data and experience and then will synthesize that data to discover, characterize, and evaluate relationships between software development artifacts, techniques, and tools.

Application Process

We encourage applications from students who are also members of a group underrepresented in computing (e.g., women, African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, persons with disabilities, first generation higher education, low income) or who are enrolled in a minority, women's, or non-doctoral institution.

Note: We reserve the right to make offers to promising applicants before the deadline. Applying early is to your benefit!

Eligibility Criteria

Applicant must:
  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. or its possessions
  • Be otherwise unemployed, or in an inactive status in any position held, during the nine-week program
  • Be and remain an undergraduate student in good standing
  • Plan to complete a degree program


Participant will:
  • Contribute to an ongoing research project through collaboration with faculty members, graduate students, and other undergraduate students
  • Take part in a professional development program designed to foster research and technical communication skills through training, practice, and experience and to encourage pursuit of graduate studies
  • Interact with students, academics, and practitioners in a number of settings, ranging from informal meetings to a professional conference

Financial Support

Participant will receive:
  • Stipend of $4,500
  • Travel stipend of up to $600
  • Housing in an apartment-style dorm on the UA campus
  • Meal allowance
  • Professional conference registration, travel, lodging, and meals
  • Field trip travel, lodging, and meals
  • Books and other supplementary materials


Participant must:
  • Commit at least 40 hours per week to REU-ESE activities
  • Attend semiweekly cohort meetings and lab meetings
  • Attend semiweekly professional development workshops or research seminars
  • Attend biweekly field trips or social events
  • Prepare and deliver an oral presentation
  • Prepare and submit a publishable research poster or paper
  • Complete surveys and participate in focus groups and interviews regarding perceptions of and personal experiences in the program
  • Deliver the oral presentation at his/her home institution
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  • Tentative Program Dates:
       May 28, 2014 to
       July 30, 2014
  • Application Deadline:
       March 16, 2014

  • Notification Date:
       April 7, 2014