Rice University REU

Data Science

Rice University REU in Data Science

Rice University is now accepting applications for a 10-week summer undergraduate research program in the general area of Data Science.

Program participants will be assigned to a Rice faculty mentor and will work closely with a Rice PhD student to perform cutting edge research in Data Science. This could include designing and implementing new machine learning algorithms, applying machine learning algorithms solve specific problems, or developing methods to manage huge data sets. The program will start on May 24th, 2021, and last for 10 weeks. The program will require a full-time commitment. Participants will be given a $6000 stipend.


What is Data Science?

Data science is the science of extracting actionable knowledge from large and complex data repositories, where “complex” may refer to the modality of the data (images, time series, text, as well as traditional tabular data) or other facets of the data in question (data can be complex because they are geographically distributed, or characterized by the ubiquity of missing or inaccurate values). Data science has quickly become a critical enabling capability in many different fields: science, healthcare, energy, manufacturing, and many others. Data can be used to train algorithms that are more accurate than experienced doctors in recognizing early-state tumors. Data can be used to predict when it is time to do preventative maintenance on a multi-million dollar machine, before a catastrophic failure. Data science is an interdisciplinary field of study, encompassing sub-areas of computer science, statistics, electrical engineering, and applied mathematics.

What background is required for participation?

Most applicants would have completed their sophomore or junior year by the time the program begins. Most applicants will be majors in computer science, statistics, electrical engineering, or applied/pure mathematics. Some knowledge of computer programming in a language such as Python or Java is required.

Why come to Rice?

Boasting a 300-acre tree-lined campus in Houston, Rice University is ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has a 6-to-1 undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio. Rice students and faculty discover, create and innovate, rising to challenges and solving real-world problems that make a measurable global impact.

Will the COVID-19 pandemic affect the program?

It is difficult to say at this time. The program may be virtual, in which case participants will participate remotely. However, we are still hoping to host students this summer at Rice. In the case the program will take place in person, participants from outside of Houston will be given $400 to offset the cost of relocating to Houston. Such participants will be given an additional stipend to offset the cost of housing.

MORE INFORMATION: Email Beth Rivera (aer2@rice.edu)

Key faculty

Sanjoy Paul