Research Experience for Undergraduates in Software Safety and Reliability at UT Dallas

The Computer Science Department at the University of Texas at Dallas will conduct a ten-week summer research program funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for ten undergraduates from May 15 to July 23, 2020. The focus is on "software safety and reliability," however, the technology and skills learned by the students have general applicability to research and practice in their future studies.

We provide a close collaboration with our industry partners. In addition to working on assigned research projects at UTD, field trips to Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company and Argo Data will be arranged to help the students better understand how software safety and reliability is adopted in practice for real-life applications. This also gives students a chance to directly communicate with practitioners to receive a first-hand account of work environments and lifestyles in the industry.

We also host special workshops on technical writing and oral presentation to improve students' proficiency in preparing and delivering technical reports. A highlight which provides an overview of our program including research projects, lectures, and field trips is available at YouTube. In addition, videos (along with PowerPoint slide shows) for students' project presentations as well as lectures on software safety, reliability, and technical writing are also posted. The Photo Gallery highlights some activities of our program.

Eligible applicants are those who have an interest in pursuing graduate education, are currently enrolled in an accredited undergraduate institution, and are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Incoming seniors will be given preference, but sophomores and juniors with strong academic records will also be considered. Special welcome is extended to students from underrepresented groups (women, minorities, and persons with disabilities) and academic institutions with limited research opportunities. Selected participants will receive a scholarship to conduct research with a faculty member in the Computer Science Department at UTD. Included will be a $6,000 stipend ($600/week), a housing allowance, and a travel reimbursement for those from outside the Dallas metro area.

We are grateful to the NSF and the following UTD offices for providing support to this project: Department of Computer Science, Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, and the Office of the Vice President for Research.

The application deadline is March 15, 2020.

Please read the following important information and submit all required materials before the deadline.


  • US citizens or permanent residents
  • Major in Computer Science or Software Engineering
  • GPA higher than 3.0
  • Proficiency in FMEA, FTA, and UML is preferred
  • Incoming senior, or sophomore/junior with strong academic record
  • Students from underrepresented groups (women, minorities, and persons with disabilities) and academic institutions with limited research opportunities especially welcome

Important Dates

  • March 15, 2020  Application deadline
  • May 15, 2020      REU program starting date
  • July 23, 2020      REU program ending date

Financial Support

  • $6,000 stipend
  • Housing allowance
  • Travel reimbursement for those from outside the Dallas metro area

Required Materials

  • Completed application form
  • One-page statement of your research goals
  • Two recommendation letters (word, pdf)
  • A copy of a transcript from your current institution

Follow the instructions in the application form to submit all required materials.

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