The summer of 2020 provided many challenges. 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 http://catvehicle.arizona.edu/cat-vehicle-2020 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).

“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 online application form for Arizona, 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.

Update: If the form fails to submit and provides the error message(s) "Statement of Purpose Field is Required" and/or "Transcript Field is Required", then add your files but do not press the upload button. This is a documented problem with the latest version of our web server.

  • January 2021 :  Applications open
  • 28 February 2021: Applications due, to guarantee full consideration
  • 2-8 March 2021: Letters of Recommendation due, to guarantee full consideration
  • 9-20 March 2021: Selection process
  • 31 March 2021: Notification deadline
  • April-May 2021: Preparation and background reading
  • June-August 2021: 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.

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Are you a faculty member submitting a letter on behalf of an applicants? We will begin reviewing applications 1 week after the application deadline.