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NSF REU Site in Sensing and Smart Systems

Florida Atlantic University's Institute for Sensing and Embedded Network Systems Engineering (I-SENSE) hosts an intensive summer research program in sensing and smart systems for talented undergraduate students across the country.

Closely related to the Internet of Things, smart systems represent an emerging class of distributed systems that provide real-time awareness of conditions, trends, and patterns to support improved decision-making, and often, automation. The on-campus research will focus on I-SENSE's three main program areas: Infrastructure Systems, Marine and Environment and Health and Behavior.


  • This paid, nine-week program focuses on training, mentoring, research and an overall experience for students that prepares them for graduate studies or careers in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) disciplines.
  • Participants will typically work from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, with one hour for lunch.
  • Undergraduate researchers are paid $600 along with a $130 meal allowance, per week.
  • Participants will be housed in apartment-style dormitories on FAU's Boca Raton, just three miles from the beach.
  • Those working in the Marine and Environment area will spend a portion of their time each week on FAU's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute campus.


There are 5 research projects planned for this summer. See which projects you're interested in.


Complete this online application and
and submit the following information to Andrea Gonzalez.

  1. One-page statement of interest that describes your motivations, expectations and long-term objectives.
  2. Two letters of recommendation from faculty members.
  3. A rank-ordered list of research projects that you are most interested in.


Application Deadline: March 5, 2021
First Round Notification Date: March 19, 2021
Start Date: June 7, 2021
End Date: August 6, 2021


  • Undergraduate students majoring in science or engineering.
  • U.S. Citizen or permanent resident.
  • Minorities and women are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Selections will be based on a combination of research interests, academic qualifications, and faculty recommendations.


For additional information please contact Jason Hallstrom at (561) 297-4748 or Andrea Gonzalez at (561) 297-4759.

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Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) programs is funded by the National Science Foundation grant #CNS-1659484.

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