About the REU

What is the Proactive Health Informatics REU site?

The Proactive Health Informatics group’s research aims to build usable, secure, and intelligent pervasive systems that empower people to manage their health and see how their everyday decisions impact their progress to achieve future health goals. Our REU site will provide students with a unique opportunity to learn techniques in the areas of human computer interaction, pervasive computing (mobile or wearable), machine learning, image recognition, and the social implications of these technologies. Students will learn appropriate methods, software tools, and analysis techniques related to their project, thus experience is not necessarily required. In addition, all students will learn scholarly professional development skills such as synthesizing related work, identifying research aims, designing ethical studies, collecting data, analyzing results, and presenting results in papers and presentations.

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What will students do?

REU Participants will:

  • be trained to become the next generation of scholars to conduct cross-cutting computing research;
  • prepare for graduate education and research career opportunities through preparatory workshops and one-on-one mentoring;
  • engage in an interactive mentoring relationship with a faculty member and graduate student;
  • work with mentors to disseminate research; and
  • inspire lifelong learners to consider computing through interactive experiences.

Logistics

Our 2019 REU dates are Sunday, May 19 through Friday, July 12, 2019.

For the 8-weeks of participation, each student will receive travel to and from Bloomington, a $4000 stipend, free room and board, and GRE preparation (if wanted).

REU Site Aim

The Proactive Health (ProHealth) Informatics REU Site aims to:

  • train the next generation of scholars to conduct cross-cutting computing research;
  • introduce students to graduate education and research career opportunities through preparatory workshops and one-on-one mentoring;
  • increase faculty and graduate student awareness of undergraduate research mentoring through Affinity Research Group (ARG) model workshops;
  • provide opportunities for students to disseminate research and faculty to disseminate best practices for mentoring; and
  • inspire lifelong learners (from K-12 children to older adults) to consider computing through REU student and graduate mentor interactive experiences.

How to Apply

We encourage undergraduate students interested in computing/informatics oriented areas – independent of experience or years in their respective programs – to apply to our REU program.

One of the goals of the REU program is to broaden participation of students from traditionally underrepresented groups in computing and/or who do not have access to research facilities at their home institution. We strongly invite applications from women, students of color, first-generation college students, gender and sexual minorities, veterans, and students with disabilities. Previous research experience is not a requirement.

In preparation for applying to the ProHealth REU Site, please make sure you have:

  • Name and contact information of 2 people willing to write a letter of recommendation for you
    • We will only contact letter writers of applicants who make it to our video interview round.

  • Your unofficial transcript (please put your unofficial transcript in a web repository, such as Google Drive or Dropbox (Dropbox Directions: https://www.dropbox.com/help/167)), and share it only with a person who has a link
  • A personal statement that discusses your research interests and motivation for being part of ProHealth’s inclusive, collaborative research experience
  • (Optional) A link to your to a website that shows examples of your project work

In addition to the requirements above, the application will collect:

  • demographic information,
  • interests, and
  • information about prior experiences.

Once your materials are gathered, please apply here: http://bit.ly/ProHealthREU2019.

This program is funded in part by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Stipends from NSF funds are restricted to U.S. citizens or permanent residents. International applicants with a stipend through their home institution are welcome to apply. If international applications are selected, we will provide research housing. Other NSF-supported REU programs may be found at the NSF https://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/list_result.jsp.

ProHealth reserves the right to review, interview, and select participants on a rolling basis, thus people who apply sooner have a better opportunity for a position within the ProHealth Research community.

Indiana University values diversity and invites applicants from underrepresented groups who will enrich the research, teaching, and service missions of the university. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, and we encourage applications from women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Can I participate in the ProHealth REU Site if I graduate in December 2018 or May 2019?

No, you cannot participate in the ProHealth REU Site if you already graduated. You can only participate in the ProHealth REU site if you graduate after the REU site completes (e.g., it is okay if you graduate in December 2019).

I do not finish school until the end of May/mid-June. Can I start the ProHealth REU site late?

Unfortunately, we cannot have people start late. We start off the ProHealth REU with an intense week to learn all the skills necessary for the REU site and then we utilize a specific mentoring cohort model that does not work well if everyone does not start and finish at the same time.

I recently graduated high school and start college at a university in August/September 2019. Can I participate in the ProHealth REU site?

Students who apply to the ProHealth REU site must already be enrolled in a university. So if you are officially enrolled in a university – either through courses you took at a university during high school or enrolled at your future university early (before May 19, 2019) – you can apply to the ProHealth REU site.

I am not a computer scientist or informatics student, but I am interested in seeing if graduate studies in computing or informatics is right for me. Would the ProHealth REU be appropriate for me based on my skill set?

The ProHealth REU site can be an appropriate place to learn about informatics, computing, health informatics, and research. Please look at the blogs of previous REU students Samantha Whitman and Olivia K. Richards to investigate their experiences being non-informatics majors in the ProHealth REU site.

I am an international or undocumented student, can I apply?

For undocumented and International applicants, if they have a stipend through their home institution, they are welcome to apply. If undocumented or international applications are selected, we will provide research housing.​

For Summer 2019, IU has an International Summer Research Fellowship that could provide some funding to get to IU and receive a stipend:

International Summer Research Fellowship Opportunity

  • Eligibility: Full-time undergraduate student in an accredited university.
  • Period: 8-10 weeks during the summer months of May through July.
  • Contact: kkenny@indiana.edu (Please mention GTAP on the subject line)
  • Application Deadline: February 1, 2019

Application Material:

  1. CV, highlighting top academic and research performances,
  2. A letter of interest explaining your area of interest for research to be conducted at Indiana University,
  3. Most recent transcript,
  4. (Optional) A recommendation letter from a faculty member at your institution.

What do we do during the REU?

  • Week 1: Ramp-up week – we have a ramp up week to teach you skills you will use throughout the REU and learn about each project. We do not assign you a project before the REU, instead during ramp-up week, you learn about each project, practice skills each project requires, and get a better sense of if you want to do that type of research for 7 more weeks. At the end of Week 1, you select your top 3 projects and the faculty look at how you did on project-related assignments to pair you for an optimal research experience.
  • Week 2-7: Research weeks –
    • you meet often with your graduate mentor (depending on the project and timeframe, sometimes daily and at least once a week);
    • you meet at least once a week with your faculty mentor;
    • you attend weekly workshops to learn more about preparing for graduate studies, research, and graduate careers in and outside of academia;
    • you attend twice a month teas to informally network with faculty, staff, and fellow researchers;
    • and you conduct cutting edge research and have a dedicated research space with fellow REUs close to faculty and graduate student mentors
  • Week 8: Wrap-up week – you wrap up your research, make future plans for publication, and present your research at our Summer Research Symposium.

What do ProHealth REU students do after the REU site?

Many ProHealth REU students continue doing research with us so they can see their work published.

ProHealth REU students…

  • co-author papers at highly competitive computing venues
  • compete in international ACM student research competitions
    • Olivia K. Richards earned 2nd place in the ACM SIGCHI 2017 Undergraduate Student Research Competition.
    • Gabrielle Cantor completed in the ACM SIGCHI 2018 Undergraduate Student Research Competition
    • Flannery Currin and Gustavo Razo will compete in the ACM SIGCHI 2019 Undergraduate Student Research Competition
  • present posters regionally and at international conferences
    • 7 REU students: Julia, Ciabhan, Maxine, Meagan, Gabrielle, Sergio, and Vanessa, co-authored 4 papers for the Workshop on Interactive Systems in Healthcare. Check out their profiles to get a sense of what they presented.
  • innovate in industry positions
    • 4 out of 11 REU students who have graduated have accepted industry positions (e.g., IBM Watson, Amazon)
  • continue on with research as…
    • undergraduate students – 9 out of 22 ProHealth REUs went on to future research programs
    • graduate students – 7 out of 11 REU students who have graduated have accepted graduate positions (e.g., U. Washington, CMU, Arizona State, Syracuse, and IU)

  • receive distinguished national and international awards (e.g., National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and Barry Goldwater Scholarship Honorable Mention
  • Contact Information

    If you have any questions, please contact Professor Katie Siek at ksiek@indiana.edu.

    Contact Information

    Indiana University

    Informatics – ProHealth Informatics REU Program

    919 E. 10th Street

    Bloomington, IN 47408 USA

    Website: http://prohealth.sice.indiana.edu/reu/

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/iuprohealthreu

    Primary Contact: Professor Katie Siek, ksiek@indiana.edu

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