National Science Foundation

National Science Foundation


Welcome to the 2019 Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program in the Computer Science Department at Montana State University sponsored by the National Science Foundation

Research and Development of Algorithms in a Software Factory

Spend your summer in Bozeman Montana gaining research skills and preparation for graduate school!

Topics Include:

  1. Tools for Reducing the Technical Debt of Systems and quantifying quality (e.g., cyber-security)

  2. Tools for Cyber-security

  3. Tools for Computing Genomic Distances with Gene Duplications

  4. Software Tools for Pan-genomics

  5. A Testing Framework for Systematic Testing of Scientific Software

  6. Sustainable Software Package for Topological Data Analysis

  7. Risk-based Vehicle Health Management

  8. Tools for Deep Learning in Agriculture

  9. Adaptive Measurements in Wireless Access Networks



  1. 10 weeks, June 3 - August 9

  2. $5000 stipend

  3. Travel expenses will be reimbursed up to $600

  4. Paid housing at MSU

  5. Meal allowance $120/week

  6. State-of-the-art research facilities

  7. Faculty-student mentoring

  8. Weekend outings, social activities

Project Director: 

Dr. Clemente Izurieta, Computer Science, MSU

Email: Phone: 406.994.3720

Project Co-director: 

Dr. Brendan Mumey, Computer Science, MSU

Email: Phone: 406.994.7811

About MSU:

  1. -Located in Bozeman, Montana in the heart of the Rocky Mountains

  2. -Approximately 16,000 students


Nearby attractions:

- Yellowstone National Park, 

  1. -Hiking and biking trails 10 minutes from campus

Program Objectives:

  1. Expose students to real-world, innovative and interdisciplinary research and development focused on the above listed topics

  2. Encourage more undergraduates to continue their academic careers and seek graduate degrees in computer science, engineering, and environmental science

  3. Help participants develop research skills and improve communication and collaborative skills.

  4. Have fun!!  We will organize several group activities such as hikes, a trip to Yellowstone and whitewater rafting.  Montana State University is located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains in Bozeman, Montana.

Applications for the Summer of 2019 are CLOSED

To Apply (deadline February 20) you will need to send the project director the following documents:

  1. A personal statement (email)

  2. A transcript from your undergraduate institution (you may either email or send via regular mail to Dr. Clemente Izurieta) It is ok to send an unofficial transcript for the application, but if selected we will require the official one.

  3. Two letters of recommendation. Please have your letters emailed directly to Dr. Izurieta with a subject line indicating REU MSU <your name>

  4. Please complete the following online application:



  1. Applicant must be a citizen or a permanent resident of the United States

  2. Applicant must be an undergraduate student with good standing

  3. All applicants are expected to have completed a course in Algorithms and Programming