Computational Methods for Music, Media, and Minds REU

National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF REU)

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Computational Methods for Understanding Music, Media, and Minds

How can a computer learn to read an ancient musical score? What can methods from signal processing and natural language analysis tell us about the history of popular music? Can a computer system teach a person to better use prosody (the musical pattern of speech) in order to become a more effective public speaker?

These are some of the questions that students will investigate in our REU: Computational Methods for Understanding Music, Media, and Minds. They will explore an exciting, interdisciplinary research area that combines machine learning, music theory, and cognitive science. Students will be mentored by faculty members drawn from Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Public Health.

PI

PI Ajay Anand, PhD

Ajay Anand, PhD
Deputy Director
Associate Professor
Goergen Institute of Data Science

Co-PI

Co-PI Zhiyao Duan

Zhiyao Duan
Associate Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Department of Computer Science

Applications for Summer 2023 will open around early December 2022. Please check this website for updates.

How to Apply/Eligibility

You are eligible to apply if:

  • You are a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd year full-time student at a college or university.
  • You are a U.S. citizen or hold a green card as a permanent resident.
  • You will have completed two computer science courses or have equivalent programming experience by the start of the summer program.

We are unable to support international students via this federally-funded NSF REU program. If you are looking for self-funded research opportunities, you can reach out to one of our affiliated faculty members directly to discuss your research interests. 

Being a computer science major or having prior research experience are not requirements. We seek to recruit a diverse group of students, with varying backgrounds and levels of experience. We encourage applications from students attending non-research institutions, and from students from communities underrepresented in computer science.

Before starting the application, you should prepare:

  • An unofficial college transcript (a list of your college courses and grades) as a PDF, Word document, or text file. Please include the courses you are currently taking.
  • Your CV or resume, as a PDF, Word document, or text file.
  • A 300 word personal statement, in PDF, Word document, or text file format, explaining why you wish to participate in this REU, including how it engages your interests, how the experience would support or help you define your career goals, and special skills and interests you would bring to the program.
  • The name and email address of a teacher or supervisor who can recommend you for the REU.

To apply, students should fill out our Google application form OR fill out our NSF ETAP application form. Either application method is acceptable, and students do not need to fill out both application forms.

Applying via Google Form:

The application website does not allow you to save and resume your application before submitting - we recommend starting your application when you have the time to fully complete it.

  1. Apply online no later than February 6, 2022.
  2. Once you have submitted your application, please have the person recommending you for the REU upload a letter of recommendation (PDF or DOC).
  3. Notification of acceptance will be communicated between March 15 and April 15, 2022.

Apply via Google Form

Applying via NSF ETAP:

  1. Create an ETAP account and fill out all portions of the registration.
  2. Select our REU program and follow the prompts to apply. The personal statement should explain why you wish to participate in this REU, including how it engages your interests, how the experience would support or help you define your career goals, and special skills and interests you would bring to the program.
  3. Apply online no later than February 6, 2022.
  4. Notification of acceptance will be communicated between March 15 and April 15, 2022.

Apply via NSF ETAP

The REU Experience

The tentative 2022 REU dates are Tuesday, May 24, 2022 to Friday, July 29, 2022.

Students accepted into the REU will receive:

  • On-campus housing
  • Meal stipend
  • A stipend of $6000
  • Up to $600 to help pay for travel to and from Rochester

Your experience will include:

  • A programming bootcamp to help you learn and/or improve your programming skills in the Python language.
  • Performing research with a team of students and faculty on one of the REU projects.
  • Professional development activities, including graduate school preparation and career planning.
  • Social events and experiences, including opportunities to meet and network with students from other REU programs and members of the University community.

The David T. Kearns Center coordinates summer activities for all REU programs across the University of Rochester campus, including the REU orientation and undergraduate research symposium.

Visit our REU summer activities page for more detailed information on programs and events.

Projects, Participants, and Presentations

On the application form, you can specify your top project preferences. We will do our best to match you with one that matches your preferences and interests. You will be assigned to a project based on your background and skills.

Visit our past REU sessions page for more information on previous projects, participants, and presentations.

Summer 2023 projects will be announced around earl December 2022, when the REU application portal opens. Please check this website for updates.