Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates

The Thomas M. Siebel Center for Computer Science.In the 10-week long Illinois Computer Science Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU), students work with Illinois faculty mentors and graduate students over the summer to get an introduction to computer science research. This is an outstanding opportunity for aspiring scientists and faculty to learn from leading experts in computer science.  

The Illinois CS REU program includes an end-of-summer research symposium for participants to show off their work, as well as weekly seminars covering research skills, presentation skills, information about graduate school, and how to apply for graduate studies.

Alma MaterThe University of Illinois is one of the nation’s leading public land-grant universities, home to a top-5 CS graduate program with a rich history in computing and the nation’s premier academic supercomputer, Blue Waters.

Important Dates

Illinois CS REU Session Dates: May 28 - August 2, 2019


  • Orientation Materials. Learn about the Illinois CS summer REU program and campus resources.
  • Lunch and Learn Seminar Schedule and Presentation Slides.  Weekly seminars will cover a variety of topics related to research, professional development, and graduate school. Note: available slides are linked in the schedule!
  • Campus Event Opportunities.  Meet REU students participating in other campus REU programs and hear presentations on a wide range of topics. However, space is limited to 9 seats per session. (See sign up details at the link.)


On-campus housing will be provided for students who are sponsored through the CRA-W DREU program. Department staff will be in touch with details.

Other housing options: University Housing (for University of Illinois Students), Short Stay Housing Options (for Visitors), Off-Campus Housing Explorer.


Parking is not included and must be arranged with the Illinois Parking Department.

Contact Information



Other Computing-Related REUs at the University of Illinois:

NSF’s REU Database:

Computing Research Association DREU: