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REU Program

Digital Agriculture Research Experience for Undergraduates (CDA REU)

Overview

The Center for Digital Agriculture (CDA) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) is a 10-week paid on-site REU program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Center for Digital Agriculture. This REU program brings together students with backgrounds in computation, agriculture, and biological systems and offers training to work across disciplines. Equipping a generation of students to work across disciplines reveals the opportunity for addressing grand challenges with robust problem-solving. We expect that all REU students will increase their competency and fluency with respect to digital ag technologies applied to complex biological applications. Students will have the opportunity to work on projects with faculty affiliates from the Center for Digital Agriculture, the Artificial Intelligence for Future Agricultural Resilience, Management, and Sustainability (AIFARMS), and the Center for Research on Programmable Plant Systems (CROPPS), as well external partnerships.

REU Highlights

  • 10-week in-person program opportunities:
    • Student research projects supervised by multidisciplinary faculty members and graduate student mentors
    • Weekly research team meetings with mentors to discuss progress and present their work
    • AI Foundry for Ag Applications and Hackathon (weeklong short course hosted by AIFARMS)
    • Professional development seminars, including topics such as imposter syndrome, scientific writing, scientific posters/presentations, resume writing
    • Enrichment in entrepreneurship with seminars and workshops, including customer discovery, technology commercialization, and startup funding
    • Site visits to farms, companies, and government offices
    • Attend and present research at the AIFARMS Annual Conference
    • Develop an abstract and scientific poster that can be presented at other conferences
  • $600/week stipend, paid housing (arranged by program), one covered meal per day, one round trip travel allowance to and from UIUC campus

Important Dates

  • Online applications are due February 16, 2023, to receive full consideration for the program. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all REU positions are filled. 
  • Program Dates: May 30th – August 4, 2023. All accepted REU participants should be available for the entire program period unless an exception is approved prior to acceptance. 

Funding for the REU Summer site program of the Center for Digital Agriculture is supported by the Center for Digital Agriculture,  Artificial Intelligence for Future Agricultural Resilience, Management, and Sustainability (AIFARMS), Center for Research on Programmable Plant Systems (CROPPS), and industry partners.