SPIRE-EIT | 2020

Due to the complexities surrounding group activities while preventing the spread of COVID-19, the 2021 SPIRE-EIT REU Program has been postponed, and will be rescheduled for summer 2022. Watch this page for the updated dates and schedule to be released soon.

SPIRE-EIT is a 10-week research experiences for undergraduates program that combines classroom training with hands-on research projects. Iowa State University‘s Virtual Reality Applications Center (VRAC) and Human Computer Interaction (HCI) program are the hosts for this program. The SPIRE-EIT undergrads will form research teams, each team is led by a VRAC faculty member and assigned a graduate student mentor. Over the course of the summer, SPIRE-EIT undergrads will create new technological solutions to challenges in human computer interaction and present their results at a year-end symposium. During their stay students will tour local attractions and participate in a variety of team building and social activities that will give them a better understanding of life in Iowa.

The REU teams are partnered with local teachers participating in the NSF Research Experience for Teachers program. The goal is to help build long-term collaborative partnerships between K-12 STEM teachers, community college faculty, and the NSF university research community by involving the teachers and community college faculty in engineering and computer science research and helping them translate their research experiences and new knowledge into classroom activities.

REU 2020 Timeline

  • Program Dates: May 26 – August 1, 2020

  • Application Deadline: Monday, February 7, 2020

    • After completion of the online application please email the following items to the program coordinator at: spire-eit@iastate.edu
      • Resume/CV
      • Copy of transcripts, official when possible will accept unofficial for initial review
      • Letters of recommendation should be sent directly from your two (2) references.
  • Notifications of acceptance begins February 10, 2020

  • Declined applicants notified by April 30, 2020

  • Eligibility:
    • Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
    • Be and remain an undergraduate student in good standing.
    • Plan to complete an undergraduate degree program on or after December 2020.
  • Students selected to participate in the program will receive housing, a meal plan and a stipend of $5000 for the summer. The program will also contribute towards their travel.