ACRES: Advanced Computational Research Experience for Students 

An REU site in computational and data science research

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MSU's Department of Computational Mathematics, Science & Engineering (CMSE), in partnership with iCER, will host a summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU). This program is sponsored by the National Science Foundation with funding from the U.S. Department of Defense ASSURE program. The REU site directors are Professors Kenneth M. Merz, Jr. and Brian O’Shea.

Program: Ten students will be selected to work with STEM researchers on original, interdisciplinary, collaborative research projects in data science and scientific computing.

Program goals: Students participating in this REU will:

  • Gain computational research skills
  • Participate in cutting-edge computational and data science research
  • Interact closely with top-notch faculty
  • Work on modern supercomputers

Research project areas include: Computational biology, computational physics, computational chemistry, computational mathematics, engineering and bioinformatics.

Stipend: Each student will receive a stipend, on-campus housing, and a meal allowance. Financial support for travel to the REU site and to conferences will be provided.

Eligibility: Students from a range of domains including (but not limited to) STEM fields, who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and are still undergradutates eligible to apply. Women and minorities are particularly encouraged to apply. Applicants must have completed two semesters of calculus and programming and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale).

Applications: Visit

Social Activities: Opportunities for students to interact socially with each other and faculty include ice cream socials, cookouts, and day trips to attractions such as the Kellogg Biological Center. University recreational facilities will also be available for participant use (a nominal fee may apply). All NSF-REU and similar undergraduate research programs on campus are closely coordinated with each other with respect to housing and many social and scientific activities.

About East Lansing: East Lansing combines all the charms of a tight-knit community with the bustling activity of a diverse, world-class university town. The downtown area is an energetic retail district bursting with restaurants, bookstores, coffee shops and bars, while the suburbs consist of tree-lined streets winding through historic neighborhoods. The Lansing River Trail connects walkers, joggers and cyclists with dozens of parks and local cultural destinations. Summers in East Lansing revolve around outdoor concerts, plays and festivals, including the Great Lakes Folk Festival, the Summer Circle Theatre series, and the city’s signature annual event, the East Lansing Art Festival, which draws tens of thousands of visitors.

If you have any questions about the application process or any general inquiries about ACRES, please contact iCER Director of Training Camille Archer at  or (517) 353-3421.