CREU: Collaborative Research
Experience for Undergraduates in
Computer Science and Engineering

Andrea Danyluk
Program Co-Director

Manuel A. Pérez-Quiñones
Program Co-Director


CREU Projects Since 1998

The Computing Research Association's Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W) and the Coalition to Diversify Computing (CDC), are pleased to announce a program that involves undergraduate student research. The goal of this initiative is to increase the numbers of women and minorities who continue on to graduate school in computer science, engineering, and allied disciplines.

The program, called Collaborative Research Experience for Undergraduates (CREU), is designed to provide positive research experiences for teams of undergraduates who will work during the academic year and optionally the following summer at their home institutions. Formerly administered as two separate programs - CREU and MRO-W - the program has been expanded to include not only computer science and engineering research, but also multidisciplinary research.

Each research team will consist of undergraduate students and sponsoring faculty members. In the case of multidisciplinary projects, each team will consist of faculty from both the computing and non-computing fields as well as students from these respective fields. For example, a project in computational biology might consist of a computer science major, a biology major, a computer science professor, and a biology professor.

The program typically begins in the fall and runs either through the academic year or through the following summer. The underrepresented students will each receive a stipend of $3,000 for their work during the academic year and $4,000 during the summer. Each project may also request up to $1,500 to be used for special equipment, travel, or supporting materials.

Students will be required to maintain a weekly journal and website documenting their progress on the project. A mid-project progress report will also be required. At the end of the project, students will be required to submit a one-page summary of their work. These summaries will be posted on the CRA-W web site. In addition, students are strongly encouraged to submit papers to appropriate journals and to present papers or posters at national or regional conferences. The program provides travel funds to support such participation and past CREU participants have found such activities to be extremely valuable.

For a summary of all undergraduate research programs sponsored by CRA-W, see

General CREU Guidelines

Basic Eligibility

Team Membership

Evaluation Criteria


Applications should include the following information

The proposal should be submitted as a single file in pdf format to

In addition, each student will be required to complete a form with the following information

Each faculty member will be required to complete a form with the following information


Application Deadline: May 1, 2009
Notification of Awards: will be emailed June 9

Project Research: academic year 2009-10 plus optional summer 2010
Midterm Progress Report: January 5, 2010
Final Summary Report: May 15, 2010 for academic year projects; August 15, 2010 for projects with summer extension


Please see the list of Frequently Asked Questions for useful information.

Send any inquiries or questions about the CREU program to


This initiative is currently sponsored by the Computing Research Association's Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W) in cooperation with the National Science Foundation.