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Summer Research Opportunities for Undergraduate Students

The Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence (CSAFE) is now accepting applications for two summer research programs for undergraduate students. The programs will provide students with advanced research experiences in forensic science or data science. Students will receive a stipend for participating in either program.

Research Experience for Undergraduates

CSAFE’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) is a 10-week immersive summer internship program designed for students interested in forensic science. The virtual program will be held May 24-Aug. 6 with all placements at Iowa State University.

Students will discover how statistical and computational concepts apply to CSAFE’s key research areas in pattern or digital evidence. They will work on interdisciplinary teams with faculty, graduate students and postdoctoral research associates and will also engage with students participating in other Iowa State-based REU programs. Throughout the summer, students will participate in weekly group meetings and other professional development opportunities at CSAFE.

For more information or to apply, visit

Data Science for the Public Good Young Scholars Program

The Data Science for the Public Good (DSPG) Young Scholars Program at Iowa State provides students with the opportunity to learn and practice data science skills in service to the public. DSPG student interns will work in teams to collaborate with faculty and project stakeholders, including extension specialists and community leaders. The research teams will use their combined data science skills and domain expertise to address the complex and often pressing problems of local, regional and state partners. The teams will be led by dedicated Iowa State faculty who have extensive experience in data science.

The DSPG summer program will be held May 24-Aug. 6, and is open to any undergraduate student enrolled at an accredited college or university in Iowa. Students from any discipline that have an interest to learn data science are encouraged to apply. This opportunity is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

Visit the DSPG website for more information and instructions on how to apply.

For more information about all of CSAFE’s research opportunities for students, please visit