Brianna Blaser, AccessComputing Staff
Two students work on a project together in a computing research lab.

The Computing Research Association's Distributed Research Experience for Undergraduates (DREU) is a program that supports summer research experiences for undergraduate students from groups that are underrepresented in the computing field. Those groups include women, Hispanic Americans, African Americans, and people with disabilities.

In the past AccessComputing has run its own 10-week summer research program for undergraduates, while also recommending students to join the DREU program. Because of the wonderful infrastructure that the DREU program is giving its students and faculty mentors, AccessComputing is now partnering directly with DREU program starting in 2018. Students with disabilities will now first apply to the DREU program and be able to indicate that they are an AccessComputing team member to receive funding. When applying for the DREU program a student can, but doesn't have to, identify a faculty mentor they would like to work with. If the student does not identify a faculty mentor, then the DREU and AccessComputing staff will work to find a suitable mentor for the student. A typical stipend for a 10-week research internship is $7,000 plus travel expenses.

Any computing student with a disability can join the AccessComputing Team to obtain its benefits including peer mentoring, professional development activities, funding for conference travel, and industry and academic internships. Students who want to join the AccessComputing Team should apply online. Students and mentors can apply for the DREU program here. The deadline is February 15, 2018, though applications are still accepted after that date.