BAIR Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

The BAIR REU program has begun accepting applications! Apply here; please see the eligibility criteria below. The deadline for applications is April 15th, 2021.


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 inaugural 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, fully-remote research experiences to students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Predominately Black Institutions (PBIs) in order to help prepare students for careers in AI, whether in industry or academia. Demonstration of research potential 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 and demonstrate their potential.

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, please see the admissions page.

Program Details

2021 Program Dates

June 6 to August 7, 2021 (9 weeks)

The Summer 2021 BAIR REU will be fully remote.


Program Support

Stipend during the 9-week program, paid monthly.

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.


Program Requirements

Application Materials

To apply via the application form, 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 personal statement;

Please discuss your academic goals, your research interests, and/or the research of specific faculty within BAIR. The recommended length is 3/4 of a page to one page.

4. the contact information for at least one recommender (and up to two), who will be asked to comment on your academic success and potential for research.

Your recommender(s) should hold an appointment at an educational or research institution (e.g., as a professor or a research scientist), and be able to attest to your aptitude for the BAIR REU.

Please notify your recommender(s) that the BAIR REU committee will contact them to submit a letter; the deadline for recommendation letters will be later than the application deadline.


Additionally, you may also choose to submit:

5. a personal history statement.

Are there any other aspects of your background or experiences that will help you would like to share? Whether these are circumstances you have overcame or areas in which you have made impactful contributions, if you think it would provide additional insight into your application, we encourage you to share them here.


Eligibility

U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents. (International students on an F-1 visa in the U.S. may be eligible.)

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

Plan to return to an eligible (an HBCU or a PBI; see below) undergraduate institution in Fall 2021.

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)

Can I submit an application to REU even if I do not meet the eligibility requirements above?

Thank you for your interest in the program! Unfortunately, we are unable to consider applicants who are not enrolled in an eligible undergraduate institution in the US (an HBCU or a PBI); see the "eligible undergraduate institutions" above.

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 US citizens and US permanent residents:

SUPERB: Summer Undergraduate Program in Engineering Research at Berkeley


Do you have further unanswered questions about the BAIR REU? Please email bair-reu@berkeley.edu, or use this link to schedule a chat with a program organizer.


Organizing Committee

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