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The NSF Smart Spaces REU Site

Undergraduate Summer Research Internships

The Computer Science and Engineering Department at Lehigh University is proud to be operating the Smart Spaces Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Site. This REU Site opened in 2014 and is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE).

The Research Site

The Smart Spaces REU Site will provide motivated computer science and engineering students with a unique research experience centered around the redevelopment of the Mountaintop Campus at Lehigh University. Lehigh is located in Bethlehem, PA with easy access to Philadelphia (50 miles south) and New York City (75 miles east). The ten-week program consists of:

  • A faculty mentored research experience, where participants will work side by side with both faculty and student researchers on timely and relevant topics in the Smart Spaces arena.
  • A professional development seminar series with topics including software engineering best practices, making technical presentations, applying to graduate school, and the ethics of Smart Spaces, among others.
  • Research Symposium where students will present posters on their research projects.

Research Areas

The Smart Spaces REU Site will be an interdisciplinary research environment. Some potential research topics include:

  • 3-D Augmented Reality
  • Ambient Intelligence
  • Computer Vision
  • Embedded Devices
  • Mobile Computing
  • Networking and Security
  • Robotics
  • User Interface Design

For more information about specific research topics, please browse the faculty research laboratories.

2015 REU Site Student Presentations: http://www.cse.lehigh.edu/events/news/2-uncategorised/306-2015-smart-spaces-reu-site-final-presentations

Student Support

  • Stipend: Each student will be paid a stipend of $5,000 for the 10-week program.
  • Dates: The program will run for ten weeks from May 30, 2017 to August 5, 2017. Participants must be on campus for this entire period.
  • Travel: Each student will be able to request up to $750 in reimbursement for travel to and from Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA for the program or to a conference to present their research.
  • Housing: Each student enrolled in the program will be housed free of charge on the campus of Lehigh University. The provided housing is within walking distance of the department laboratories. There is a residential component to the program, so participants may not opt out of the housing to live elsewhere.

To Apply

IMPORTANT: Please review the FAQ before applying!

We welcome applications from undergraduate students who are US citizens and permanent residents. We are particularly interested in applicants who come from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in computer science and engineering (low-income, ethnic and racial minorities, first generation college students, and women). If you are a member of one or more of these groups, please highlight this in your personal essay.

Note applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents to apply.  Students must also be currently enrolled in an undergraduate college or university.  High school students or college students that have already graduated are not eligible to apply.

Please submit the following application materials as a zip file via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. : (Please note that recommendation letters must be sent separately by student's references)

  • A current CV.
  • Official academic transcripts (scanned is acceptable) to verify experience and degree status.
  • A 1-2 page essay that highlights the applicant's motivation and qualifications. It should also identify the specific Smart Spaces research area(s) of greatest interest.
  • 1-2 recommendation letters (must be emailed separately by the students's references).

Any questions about the Smart Spaces REU Site can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Review of applications will begin on February 15, 2017.  Official notification is expected to be made in March 2017.

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