About the REU

What is the Proactive Health Informatics REU site?

The Proactive Health Informatics group’s research aims to build usable, secure, and intelligent pervasive systems that empower people to manage their health and see how their everyday decisions impact their progress to achieve future health goals. Our REU site will provide students with a unique opportunity to learn techniques in the areas of human computer interaction, pervasive computing (mobile or wearable), machine learning, privacy, and the social and legal implications of these technologies. Students will learn appropriate methods, software tools, and analysis techniques related to their project, thus experience is not necessarily required. In addition, all students will learn scholarly professional development skills such as synthesizing related work, identifying research aims, designing ethical studies, collecting data, analyzing results, and presenting results in papers and presentations.
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What will students do?

REU Participants will:

  • be trained to become the next generation of scholars to conduct cross-cutting computing research;
  • prepare for graduate education and research career opportunities through preparatory workshops and one-on-one mentoring;
  • engage in an interactive mentoring relationship with a faculty member and graduate student;
  • work with mentors to disseminate research;
  • inspire middle school and high school students to consider computing through REU student panels, workshops, and shadowing opportunities during computing-related summer camps.


Our 2017 REU dates are Friday, May 19 through Friday, July 28, 2017.
For the 10 weeks of participation, each student will receive a $5000 stipend, free room and board, and GRE preparation (if wanted).

REU Site Aim

The Proactive Health (ProHealth) Informatics REU Site aims to:

  • train the next generation of scholars to conduct cross-cutting computing research;
  • introduce students to graduate education and research career opportunities through preparatory workshops and one-on-one mentoring;
  • increase faculty and graduate student awareness of undergraduate research mentoring through Affinity Research Group (ARG) model workshops;
  • provide opportunities for students to disseminate research and faculty to disseminate best practices for mentoring;
  • and inspire middle school and high school students to consider computing through REU student and graduate mentor panels and shadowing opportunities during computing-related summer camps

How to Apply

We encourage undergraduate students interested in computing/informatics oriented areas – independent of experience or years in their respective programs – to apply to our REU program.
One of the goals of the REU program is to broaden participation of students from traditionally underrepresented groups in computing and/or who do not have access to research facilities at their home institution. We strongly invite applications from women, students of color, first-generation college students, gender and sexual minorities, veterans, and students with disabilities. Previous research experience is not a requirement.
Please complete an application as soon as possible (we will review, interview, and select participants on a rolling basis starting in October 2016). The final due date for applications is March 15, 2017:

  • Fill out the application form directly online http://bit.ly/ProHealthREU2017
    • In preparation for applying to the ProHealth REU Site, please make sure you have:
      • Name and contact information of 2 people willing to write a letter of recommendation for you
      • Your unofficial transcript (please put your unofficial transcript in a web repository, such as Google Drive or Dropbox (Dropbox Directions: https://www.dropbox.com/help/167)), and share it only with a person who has a link
      • A personal statement that discusses your research interests and motivation for being part of ProHealth’s inclusive, collaborative research experience
      • (Optional) A link to your to a website that shows examples of your project work
    • In addition to the requirements above, the application will collect:
      • demographic information,
      • interests,
      • information about prior experiences.
  • This program is funded in part by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Stipends from NSF funds are restricted to U.S. citizens or permanent residents. International applicants with a stipend through their home institution are welcome to apply. If international applications are selected, we will provide research housing. Other NSF-supported REU programs may be found at the NSF http://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/reu_search.jsp.

ProHealth reserves the right to review, interview, and select participants on a rolling basis, thus people who apply sooner have a better opportunity for a position within the ProHealth Research community.
Indiana University values diversity and invites applicants from underrepresented groups who will enrich the research, teaching, and service missions of the university. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, and we encourage applications from women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Can I participate in the ProHealth REU Site if I graduate in December 2016 or May 2017?

No, you cannot participate in the ProHealth REU Site if you already graduated. You can only participate in the ProHealth REU site if you graduate after the REU site completes (e.g., it is okay if you graduate in December 2017).

I do not finish school until the end of May/mid-June. Can I start the ProHealth REU site late?

Unfortunately, we cannot have people start late. We start off the ProHealth REU with an intense week to learn all the skills necessary for the REU site and then we utilize a specific mentoring cohort model that does not work well if everyone does not start and finish at the same time.

I recently graduated high school and start college at a univeristy in August/September 2017. Can I participate in the ProHealth REU site?

Students who apply to the ProHealth REU site must already be enrolled in a university. So if you are officially enrolled in a university – either through courses you took at a university during high school or enrolled at your future university early (before May 19, 2017) – you can apply to the ProHealth REU site.

I am not a computer scientist or informatics student, but I am interested in seeing if graduate studies in computing or informatics is right for me. Would the ProHealth REU be appropriate for me based on my skill set?

The ProHealth REU site can be an appropriate place to learn about informatics, computing, health informatics, and research. Please look at the blogs of previous REU students Samantha Whitman and Olivia K. Richards to investigate their experiences being non-informatics majors in the ProHealth REU site.

Contact Information

If you have any questions, please contact Professor Katie Siek at ksiek@indiana.edu.
Contact Information

Indiana University

Informatics – ProHealth Informatics REU Program

919 E. 10th Street

Bloomington, IN 47408 USA

Website: http://prohealth.soic.indiana.edu/reu/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/iuprohealthreu

Primary Contact: Professor Katie Siek, ksiek@indiana.edu

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