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Interdisciplinary Research Experience in Computational Sciences


This Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) project is a ten week program where students work collaboratively on a wide variety of computational science projects.

The Center for Computation & Technology (CCT) at Louisiana State University (LSU) provides an ideal setting for the REU student to become familiar with interdisciplinary research. With research groups exploring gravitational waves, complex emergent phenomena in material science, or computational music, the participants work on cutting edge research in Computational Sciences.

The students learn how to use the most current cyberinfrastructure tools with individually designed training sessions targeted to their specific degree of preparation. In addition, since most CCT research groups collaborate with international researchers, REU students are exposed to how international collaborations work.

This program involves nine students every summer. Each student receives a stipend of $5,000, free housing in university dormitories, and up to $600 in travel expenses to and from Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

We invite interested students and their faculty mentor to browse through this site and consider applying for these positions.

Important Dates

See our REU brochure and flier.

Other REU Opportunities

Another of our REU opportunities in Louisiana is the LA-SiGMA REU, which focuses on Materials Science. More information can be found at

Students who are considering undergrad summer research or applying to graduate school might find the following links useful:

Learn more about LSU and CCT.

Francis Afzal SPIEFrancis Afzal, 2012 & 2013 REU participant, presents a paper at SPIE Conference 2013

On August 2013, Francis attended the conference "Next Generation (Nano) Photonic and Cell Technologies for Solar Energy Conversion IV", which is part of SPIE Solar Energy + Technology, to present his paper "Multilayer structures with highly directional absorptivity for solar thermophotovoltaics" in San Diego, California. "Doing in depth research on this topic has helped me gain some degree of confidence in my own ability to understand a complex subject and has made me more interested in reading scientific papers."

Michael Thomas receiving TeraGrid 2010 Best Student Poster award Michael Thomas, 2010 participant, receives the TeraGrid Conference 2010 Best Student Poster Award

"The REU has been instrumental in exposing me to the world of research," Michael Thomas said. "Before this summer I had never been involved in research before. I had certainly never before been exposed to creating posters, writing scientific papers, and having research peer reviewed. The summer REU program has been invaluable at helping me decide where I want to take my future, and helped me narrow my interests so I can pursue that future with a razor-like focus."

Jitu Jitu Das, 2010 REU participant

"The internship at your lab was really helpful. I hardly knew anything about GPUs before, and now I'll be working on improving CUDA. I'm also doing research now at CMU for calculating the optimal walking trajectories for robots using GPUs" - Jitu Das, Computer Science, Robotics, Carnegie Mellon University, and 2010 participant. Jitu has also been awarded an NVidia internship on summer 2011.