NSF REU Site: Computational Social Science

Thank you to the National Science Foundation for funding the Computational Social Science REU Site at the University of Notre Dame
Award #1560089

This Computational Social Science REU program is a ten week program where ten students will work collaboratively with expert mentors and select from a wide variety of computational social science projects at the University of Notre Dame. Computational social science as an approach to analyzing the social world has been growing rapidly.  The digital traces of such interactions and the greater availability and detail of CSS data sets (e.g. surveys, census data, historical records) yield an exponential growth in data available for analysis.  This REU training environment will develop multidisciplinary social scientists with the appropriate expertise to answer the computational social science data growth challenges and opportunities.

Who Should Apply

  • US citizens and permanent residents majoring in computer science, psychology, economics, or sociology are eligible to apply.
  • Women and minorities that are under-represented in the sciences are especially encouraged to apply.

Important Dates

  • Friday, December 1st, 2017 - Applications open online
  • Monday, February 5, 2018 - Applications received by this date will be given first consideration.
  • Mid February, 2017 - Notification of acceptance will be made.
  • Monday, May 21, 2018 - Move into campus housing
  • Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - REU program begins
  • Saturday, July 28, 2018 - REU program ends and move out of campus housing

How to Apply

  1. Look at available research projects, and pick 3-5 that interest you most.
  2. Fill out the online application available here.
  3. Arrange for two letters of recommendation to be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before February 5, 2018.

Program Infromation

This REU program will provide on-campus housing in double rooms with air conditioning, a $500/week stipend to cover meals and other living expenses, and a travel allowance to travel to and from Notre Dame. Students will have access to campus resources such as recreational facilities and the library.

Students will work with their mentor on a research project for the whole summer. Each week, students will meet several times to report on their research, to receive technical and personal development training, and to learn more about scientific computing at Notre Dame.

Click here for CSS REU Announcement (pdf)

For More Information

If you have any questions please contact:

Laura Kresnak
111 Information Technology Center
Notre Dame, IN 46556
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