Distributed Research Experiences for Undergraduates
Tufts University faculty members have participated in the DREU Distributed Mentor Project and will be participating in the 2012 program. DREU is a matching program where undergraduate students and faculty from different academic institutions are matched based on their research interests. It is unusual for a student to be matched with a faculty member from their home institution. This experience provides undergraduate students with a first-hand look at what graduate research is like.
Distributed Research Experiences for Undergraduates (DREU) was known as the Distributed Mentor Project (DMP) prior to 2009. The objective of the DREU is to increase the number of women and underrepresented groups entering graduate studies in the fields of computer science and engineering. This highly selective program matches promising undergraduate women and underrepresented groups with a faculty mentor for a summer research experience at the faculty member’s home institution. Students are directly involved in a research project and interact with graduate students and professors on a daily basis. This experience is invaluable for students who are considering graduate school, providing them with a close-up view of what graduate school is really like and also increasing their competitiveness as an applicant for graduate admissions and fellowships.