ACRES Summer program kicks off!

THURSDAY, May 23, 2019 — This week more than a dozen undergraduates traveled from across the US to participate in the Michigan State University's NSF and DoD-funded REU: Advance Computational Research Experience for Students (ACRES). The program aims to introduce undergraduates to computational and data science research at MSU, to equip them with key skills in their discipline and in computational and data science more broadly, and to mentor them to successfully navigate the leap from undergraduate to graduate education. As ACRES kicks off its third summer of research, this year's cohort brings the total number of student participating in the program to almost 40! Past student participants have gone on to become contributors on software tools, papers, conference presentations, and to attend computationally-focused graduate programs - including those right here at MSU.

This year's cohort of students includes an impressive representation of diversity across demographics, interests, majors and academic experience. Below is a snapshot of the 2019 cohort by the numbers:

  • Almost 3/4 are from non-computer science majors ranging from Applied Mathematics to Psychology & Statistics;

  • Over 1/4 will have their first research experience at MSU this summer;

  • Almost 1/2 have just completed their freshman or sophomore year;

  • 1/5 are from small liberal arts schools as far west as Idaho;

  • Over 50% identified as underrepresented minorities* (URMs); and

  • 40% identified as female

You can find out more about what this group will be up to this summer on the ACRES webpage: https://icer-acres.msu.edu/

*The CISE definition of URMs is used.