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The summer of 2010 marked the seventh year that the CSE department offered Research Experiences for Undergraduates (CSE@TAMU REU).

In addition to the REU program, the department offered the Dwight Look College of Engineering Undergraduate Summer Research Grants (USRG) program, the Computer Research Association’s Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W) and Coalition to Diversify Computing Distributed REU (DREU).

The department had a record number of participants this past summer with a total of 32 students.  They came to Aggieland from various institutions across the international community. Students from stateside institutions such as Alabama at Birmingham and Vassar College studied alongside students from the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia and Texas A&M.

The summer research programs span the 10-week summer term and involve undergraduate  and graduate students from Texas A&M and other colleges and universities from around the world. This program is a great opportunity for students to get a feel of what it will be like if they choose to advance their career further in academia.

Program Coordinator Theresa Roberts related the importance of the REU and other summer research programs.

“Students participating in the CSE REU program make significant contributions to the ongoing faculty research within the department. More importantly, the students gain an insight and interest in graduate school, preferably here at Texas A&M, and a future career in research. Also, friendships are made that transcend the work done within the labs. During their ten weeks on campus, the students discover many of the traditions that make Texas A&M the unique university that it is. They all start off as students, but are Aggies while here in Aggieland. “

The previous two years, the department has had at least one student place in the Dwight Look College of Engineering USRG poster session. This year continued the trend as Stanton Wong took third place in the second poster session for his entry, “Reconfiguration of a System of Hexagonal Metamorphic Robots from an Arbitrary Shape Configuration to a Straight Chain Configuration.” Stanton was mentored by Department of Computer Science and Engineering former student Dr. Jennifer Walter, a visiting associate professor from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Written by Tony Okonski, tonyo@cse.tamu.edu

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