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The department of Computer Science offers a nine-week summer undergraduate research program in data-driven security.

Data-driven security is an emerging interdisciplinary field that applies data science and artificial intelligence to mitigate cyber-attacks and other security risks and threats. Undergraduate students will participate in summer research activities with faculty mentors from the computer science and mathematics disciplines. The students will work in interdisciplinary teams to explore important research questions and will also participate in other professional development activities that will prepare them for future careers in the computing fields.

We welcome applications from current undergraduate students at national institutions with strong interests in computer science, mathematics, technology, or engineering. We encourage applications from students who are also members of a group underrepresented in STEM fields or who are enrolled in a minority, women’s, or non-doctoral institution. The 2020 REU program will award up to ten NSF fellowships.

We invite Boise State undergraduate students to apply to our program. A limited number of fellowships are available to Boise State students.

Application deadline: March 1, 2020.

Visit the REU Data-driven Security website

PIs: Francesca Spezzano, PhD and Edoardo Serra, PhD

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One of the more recent fields of academic study, computer science is fundamental in today’s digital world. Almost every major challenge facing our world is turning to computing for a solution, from conquering disease to eliminating hunger, from improving education to protecting the environment. Medical imaging and other medical software applications are revolutionizing the practice of medicine, mobile devices are transforming the way people live and communicate, web search engines have become a ubiquitous part of our every day lives. Computing has enabled discovery in areas previously untapped such as  unraveling the mysteries of DNA via the Human Genome Project, and exploration of the farthest reaches of the universe with the Hubble telescope. None of these discoveries would be possible without developments in computer science. In another ten to fifteen years, it is expected that all major systems and infrastructure in the world will be controlled by software. Computer science will play a critical role in this transformation.