The summer of 2020 provided many challenges given COVID-19. For 9 undergraduate students across the United States, the summer also provided a research experience in autonomous driving and its many applications. In spite of the many challenges posed by the pandemic with respect to travel, networking, and person-to-person meetings, these undergraduate researchers showed tremendous resilience and perseverance in working on projects remotely and communicating largely through video conferencing and workspace text apps.

For more information on the topics and contributions of the four teams of researchers, please visit for a listing of their projects, and also links to individual videos they produced about their research experience.

Start your application process here. We use the CISE REU Common Application, which allows you to be considered for other REU Site opportunities (if you elect to do so).

CPS-IoT Week is the premier event on Cyber-Physical Systems and Internet-of-Things Research, and three researchers from the CAT Vehicle will have their results published there in 2021. Emily Baschab (University of Alabama), Savannah Ball (Monmouth College), and Audrey Vazzana (Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology) continued work on their final paper, and submitted as a Work-In-Progress to the conference, where they will have an opportunity to present a poster on their work.

L-R: Audrey Vazzana, Savannah Ball, and Emily Baschab

“Although I wish the conference could have been in person so I could have met other researchers in Denver, I find myself very lucky to have worked with my team, and to have been able to participate in the CAT Vehicle REU program," said Christopher Kreienkamp, whose presentation was through a YouTube video due to the COVID-19 policies of the conference.  Kreienkamp and his partner Daniel Fishbein, were part of CAT Vehicle 2019.


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Start your application process here. We use the CISE REU Common Application, which allows you to be considered for other REU Site opportunities (if you elect to do so).

This is Part 2 of the application process: you must also fill out the CISE REU Common Application (Part 1), if you have not done so already. You can revisit this page at any time to upload your application materials, but please only fill out the form one time. Please make sure you press "Upload" after specifying the two files in the form below, prior to pressing the "Submit" button.

Application Part 2 Submission:


  • January 2022 :  Applications open
  • 28 February 2022: Applications due, to guarantee full consideration
  • 2-8 March 2022: Letters of Recommendation due, to guarantee full consideration
  • 9-20 March 2022: Selection process
  • 31 March 2022: Notification deadline
  • April-May 2022: Preparation and background reading
  • June-August 2022: 10-week program.

This REU site will support 10 students over the summer. Each student will receive:

  • Stipend of $6,000 over the summer
  • Housing and $600 travel allowance to Tucson, AZ
  • Letters of recommendation from their faculty mentors

Students will participate as researchers for the summer, working side by side with graduate researchers and faculty who are experts in cognitive radio and autonomous ground vehicles. Want to know more about what the REU is like? Check out the videos made by previous CAT Vehicle participants.

REU 2018: Lane detectives showing their pride after successful testing

Are you a faculty member submitting a letter on behalf of an applicants? We will begin reviewing applications one week after the application deadline.