Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program

The North Dakota State University (NDSU) Department of Computer Science and North Carolina A&T State University Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering are pleased to offer a special research experience for undergraduate students in big data analytics and machine learning with an international experience component in Chile.

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About the Program

The National Science Foundation (NSF) funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its REU Sites program. An REU Site consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Each student is associated with a specific research project, where he/she works closely with the faculty and other researchers. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel. Undergraduate students supported with NSF funds must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions. An REU Site may be at either a US or foreign location (


The goals of the program are to:

  1. Recruit undergraduate students each year from STEM disciplines
  2. Engage participants in a 10-week long high quality multi-disciplinary research experiences
  3. Provide effective mentoring to participating students through various mechanisms including organizing mentoring sessions, professional events, and company visits
  4. Establish post-REU mentoring mechanisms to continue mentoring through the academic year and organize virtual research poster symposium in the following spring semester
  5. Provide participants with a 4-week long international research experience in real world big data and machine learning at the University of Chile, a reputed research institution in South America

Selected participants will get involved in research related to big data analytics and machine learning. Participants will also gain an appreciation of research field via software development and engineering activities and field trips.

Participants will receive a stipend (up to $6,000), room and board, funding for travel to and from NDSU (up to $700) as well as to and from NDSU to Santiago, Chile (up to $1,500).

The summer 2024 REU program will run from May 20 until July 26, 2024. Application review will begin from February 15, 2024 and continue until all positions have been filled.

Participating undergraduates must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States who are enrolled in undergraduate degree programs. Women and members of traditionally underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply. In addition, all participants must possess a valid passport for the travel to Chile.

Planned Activities

Multidisciplinary research projects: Potential research projects are provided on this website for your information. Participants have the unique opportunity to work in an interdisciplinary environment with highly talented scientific mentors. Most experimental projects involve hands-on research in one or more of the state-of-the-art central instrumentation facilities with training and supervision provided by expert technical staff.

Faculty-Led Seminars: Faculty and researchers involved in this program will present various research topics in this program and discuss future opportunities.

Workshops and seminars: Short workshops and seminars will be offered for developing professional skills needed in industry, research, and graduate school.

Networking & Social Activities: Students will have opportunities to explore the sites and summer activities in the Fargo-Moorhead area. Learn more about Fargo.

End-of-Program REU poster symposium: At the end of the REU program, students will have the opportunity to formally present their research experiences through an REU poster symposium.


Contact Dr. Simone Ludwig at (701) 231-8197 or

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