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CS REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates)

REU in Software Security

 May 29 – July 29th 2017


image of Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) studentsThis Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) site is a nine-week summer program on BSU campus, sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The goal is to offer motivated undergraduate students from Boise State and other institutions across the nation with a competitive research experience in software security. During each summer of 2015, 2016, and 2017, this program will host ten students, five from Boise State and five from other institutions, to conduct research with active and experienced research faculty. Through the research experiences, students will improve their ability to formulate and solve a research problem, and increase their communication proficiency in both a scientific and community context. Each student will receive a total stipend of $4,500 ($500/week for 9 weeks), reimbursement of the travel expenses for a round-trip from their home school to Boise State, and paid housing and meals.

The nine-week summer program is scheduled as follows: In the first two weeks, students will focus on developing projects. Tutorials and workshops will be held to help students establish necessary background knowledge and learn about how to conduct scientific research. Students will also work with their mentors, read literature, and design their projects. From week 3 through week 8, students will carry out their projects under the supervision of their mentors. They will also attend seminars by faculty and invited industry speakers and report their weekly progress. In week 9, students will prepare a written report in the format of a scientific paper and an oral presentation modeled after a scientific meeting. Field trips to local industry and social events will be scheduled throughout the summer program.

2015 REU Participants Amy Ferris (Whitworth University) and Ali Sellsted (Washington State University)

2015 REU Participants Amy Ferris (Whitworth University) and Ali Sellsted (Washington State University) present their research poster “Optimization and Assessment of Path Constraints in Symbolic Execution”