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Undergrad Research Program Comparison

CRAW supports a number of undergraduate research programs. The goal of all programs is to increase the number of women entering graduate studies in the fields of computer science and engineering. Some programs are coordinated with other organizations allowing them to include students from underrepresented minorities or non US institutions.

  • Distributed Research Experiences for Undergraduates (DREU) matches promising undergraduate students with a faculty mentor for a summer research experience at the faculty mentor's home institution.
    • DREU (Distributed Research Experiences for Undergraduates):
      This program is targeted at students from all underrepresented groups, women and men, that are enrolled in a US Institution or who are US citizens or permanent residents studying abroad. This program was known as the DMP, Distributed Mentor Project, from 1994-2008.
  • Collaborative Research Experience for Undergraduates - Canada (CREUC)
    This program is targeted at undergraduate women that are enrolled in a Canadian Institution.
  • Collaborative Research Experience for Undergraduates (CREU) supports research experiences for teams of undergraduates who work during the academic year and optionally the following summer at their home institutions. Research can be in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or in a multidisciplinary area. The program is targeted at students from all underrepresented groups.

Undergraduate Research Programs Comparison for Students enrolled in US and Canadian institutions

Time Summer (10 weeks) Academic year plus optional summer  Summer - 12 weeks
Target group Women and
Women and
underrepresented minorities
 Canadian women
Stipend per student $6000 per summer
relocation travel assistance when appropriate.
$1,500 per semester and $4,000 during optional summer extension $8000 plus travel to host institution 
Location Mentor's institution Student's institution Mentor's institution 
Team Work Varies Encouraged in CS and CE. Expected on multidisciplinary projects. Varies 
Interdisciplinary Varies Varies Varies 
Mentor Faculty. Usually women or underrepresented minorities Faculty at home institution of student. At least two faculty, from different disciplines, for multidisciplinary projects. Women faculty 
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