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BAIR Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

Are you an undergraduate studying at a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) or Predominantly Black Institution (PBI) and interested in a career in AI, whether in industry or academia? The BAIR REU program has begun accepting applications for Summer 2023!

Applications are being handled jointly with SUPERB and due on January 29th 2023, at 11:59 PM ET; students interested in the BAIR REU will have the opportunity to indicate their eligibility in their SUPERB application.


Excited about AI and its potential, and have been taking related classes at your institution or online, but don't know how to get first-hand experience with research?

We are pleased to announce the continuation of the BAIR Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program! The goal of this program is to work with undergraduates from underrepresented backgrounds who are interested in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI). We are offering paid research experiences to undergraduates studying at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs) in order to help prepare students for careers in AI, whether in industry or academia. Demonstration of research interest is increasingly a critical prerequisite for graduate school admissions and AI-focused positions, and our hope is to provide more students with an opportunity and environment to perform exciting research.

For any questions on the BAIR REU program, please contact bair-reu@berkeley.edu.

For details on the M.Sc./Ph.D. application process to higher degree programs that feed into BAIR (which is separate from the BAIR REU), please see the admissions page.

Program Details

Program Dates

June 5th to August 5th, 2023 (9 weeks)


Program Support

Project matching based on the applicant's interest and areas of interest.

Designated graduate student mentor: a current Ph.D. student in BAIR, who directly mentors the participant on a project.

Designated faculty mentor: a BAIR faculty member, who provides guidance for both the mentor and student over the course of the program.

Designated non-research mentor: a member of the BAIR REU committee, who advises in a non-research capacity.

Advising and seminars on general research and the graduate school application process.

Lab tours and industry field trips.

$5000 stipend + housing and meals + $800 travel allowance.


Program Requirements

Application Materials

To apply via the NSF ETAP portal under SUPERB, you will need the following:

1. a transcript covering all undergraduate courses taken;

Unofficial transcripts are acceptable for the application; however, if selected, you will be asked to provide official copies of your transcripts.

2. a résumé or curriculum vitae (CV);

3. a brief (no more than 250 words) research statement requested by SUPERB;

Please discuss your academic goals and your research interests, and mention specific faculty within BAIR you would be interested in working with.

4. a personal statement requested by NSF (no more than 5000 characters);

Please focus on topics that have guided you to where you are today and how a summer research program can support your goals.

5. the contact information for one recommender, who will be asked to submit a letter commenting on your background, past experiences, or potential for research.


Eligibility

U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents. (Unfortunately, international students on a visa in the U.S. are not eligible.)

Enrolled in an eligible (an HBCU or a PBI; see below) undergraduate institution at the time of application.

Will be rising juniors or seniors during the duration of the program, with plans to return to an eligible (an HBCU or a PBI; see below) undergraduate institution in Fall 2023.

3.0 grade-point average or higher for science, engineering, and math courses.

(Recommended) Completed some upper-division coursework in electrical engineering and computer sciences (EECS).


Eligible Undergraduate Institutions

We will be accepting applications from the following target institutions that are currently underrepresented in Ph.D. application streams relevant to BAIR:

Accredited Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs);

Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs) as recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.


Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

I missed the deadline; can my application be considered?

Unfortunately, we cannot extend the deadline on a per-application basis as we are working within the constraints of the NSF system. Please apply early so that this doesn't happen!

Will the BAIR REU be in-person or remote?

We expect the 2023 program to be hosted in-person, but campus COVID-19 policies will dictate whether we have the program in-person or remote in 2023. We will keep this webpage updated with any new developments.

Can I submit an application to the BAIR REU even if I do not attend an eligible undergraduate institution?

Unfortunately, we are unable to consider applicants who are not enrolled in an eligible undergraduate institution in the U.S. (an HBCU or a PBI); see the "eligible undergraduate institutions" above.

Why aren't international students eligible?

Unfortunately, we are currently restricted in funding only U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents because of our federal funding source (NSF).

If I do not meet the eligibility requirements of this program, are there other programs at UC Berkeley or elsewhere where I could get involved in research?

You may find the following resources useful:

for current UC Berkeley undergraduates:

EECS Department page on "Broadening Participation in EECS"

DARE: Diversifying Access to Research in Engineering

for applicants enrolled at a California community college:

TTE: Transfer-to-Excellence Summer Research Program

for U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents:

SUPERB: Summer Undergraduate Program in Engineering Research at Berkeley

NSF ETAP portal


Do you have further unanswered questions about the BAIR REU? Please email bair-reu@berkeley.edu.


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