REUMass Amherst: A Summer Computing Research Experience in Data Science

Program Overview

The College of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst offers a 10-week data science summer research program for undergraduates. Students will have the opportunity to conduct research projects in multiple areas relevant to data science including applications (computational social science, computational ecology and sustainability, mobile health, etc.), data analytics (machine learning, NLP, etc.), and computational infrastructure for data science (databases, parallel and distributed systems, cloud computing, etc.).

Students will work on research projects under the supervision of a faculty member and graduate student mentor. Students will present the final results of their work at an open poster session during the final week of the program and, where appropriate, at their home institutions and/or scholarly venues such as conferences.

Program Details

Student Stipends, Travel, Housing and Meals


REUMass will start with a one-week intensive data science boot camp for all participants. The program will also include weekly group lunches with a short presentation from a current CS graduate student and a technical presentation or talk relevant to data science research. The program also includes a field trip to nearby Computer Science research centers like Google Cambridge and the Microsoft NERD Lab.

Program Requirements

Accepted participants must diligently work towards completing a research project during the duration of the program. To guide you with your research, we ask our students to submit a topic of their summer research, approved by their mentors by the end of their 2nd/3rd week. This is followed by a 10-min presentation of their research progress at the end of 6th week. Finally, students will participate in a poster session showcasing their research in the last week of the program.

Research Project Areas

Students participating in the program will have the opportunity to work on a research project related to one or more of the areas listed below. During the application process, students can select up to three areas of interest to help route their applications to faculty members with related interests. Students may also describe on their research interests in more detail, along with any related background or prior experience, in their statement of interest.

  • Applications: Computational Ecology and Sustainability
  • Applications: Computational Neuroscience
  • Applications: Computational Social Science
  • Applications: Health and Medicine
  • Analytics: Graphics and Visualization
  • Analytics: Information Retrieval and Search
  • Analytics: Machine Learning
  • Analytics: Natural Language Processing
  • Analytics: Theory
  • Infrastructure: Cloud Computing
  • Infrastructure: Databases
  • Infrastructure: Parallel and Distributed Systems
  • Infrastructure: Programming Languages

Eligibility and Requirements

NSF requires that all student participants be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. No exceptions can be made. Undergraduates who have taken computer science courses and will be entering their junior or senior year in Sept. 2017 are eligible to apply. We particularly encourage students with community college experience, either those in the process of transferring from a community college to a 4-year institution or those who are already at a 4-year institution but were previously enrolled at a community college.

Application Process

The submission of new applications is currently closed. Students are required to complete a two-step online application. The first step is a Google forms questionnaire where students will enter background information. Following submission of this form, students will be directed to complete the second step in the application process, which is an online form hosted at UMass Amherst. To complete the second step, students should be prepared to submit a current transcript (unofficial  transcripts are acceptable) and a 1-2 page statement of interest in the program, as well as names and email addresses for two references who will provide recommendation letters. If possible, references should be faculty members at the student's home institution (or another university) who know the student well. Program staff will send instructions for recommendation letter submission to references after students complete the second step of the application process (students should not ask their references to submit letters by email). Student application materials must be submitted by Friday, January 27, 2017.

Important Dates

  • Application deadline: 11:59pm PST, Friday, January 27, 2017 [Passed]
  • Extended deadline for reference letters: 11:59pm PST, Friday, February 3 2017
  • Notification of acceptance beginsFriday, February 17, 2017
  • Move in dates: June 3-4, 2017
  • Program start date: June 5, 2017
  • Program end date: Aug 11, 2017
  • Move out dates:  Aug 12, 2017

Contact Us


Mailing Address:
REUMass Program
College of Information and Computer Sciences
University of Massachusetts
140 Governors Dr.
Amherst MA 01003