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Socially Relevant Computing REU @ UNC Charlotte

Our Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program engages undergraduate students in socially relevant computing research. The program immerses students in a truly collaborative research community. We  teach research skills through training sessions and experiential, hands-on learning, while students are active contributors to a community of practice that includes faculty, graduate students, and peers.

Students have the opportunity to explore and advance the state of the art in pervasive computing, computer vision, data visualization, social networks, and human-computer interaction to address real-world problems with broad societal impact. Past projects have included the development of algorithms for analyzing medical images to improve clinical diagnosis of heart conditions and breast cancer, creation and evaluation of serious games for teaching introductory concepts in computer science, studies of privacy and user expectations in social media, and the design of smart spaces for museum artifact preservation.  

We welcome participation from all students. We are particularly committed to broadening participation of underrepresented groups in computing, and strongly encourage applications from women and underrepresented minority students, students from institutions where research opportunities are limited, and applicants from minority and women’s institutions.


Dr. Jamie Payton
REU Site Program Director

Dr. Richard Souvenir
REU Site Program Co-Director

Ms. Aubrae Collins
REU Site Program Coordinator