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The Anvil Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program is part of the Rosen Center for Advanced Computing (RCAC) CI-XP student program which's purpose is to provide work opportunities and real workplace experience that enhance the student’s education through the development of professional skills, responsibilities, habits, attitudes, self-confidence, and self-development.

RCAC is seeking students for REU paid internships for an 11 week onsite summer REU program. This program aims at developing the next generation workforce in advanced computing and cyberinfrastructure technologies. It offers students from diverse backgrounds, the opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to build and support advanced research computing systems and scientific applications. As part of RCAC's decade long successful student apprentice program, the REU students will learn by doing, working on the National Science Foundation funded Anvil system in a team environment and mentored by cyberinfrastructure professionals.

REU 2023 Summer participants and Anvil PI Team posing for picture in front of Convergence office building.


Open to undergraduate students from all backgrounds and undergraduate programs. Each student will present their work to Purdue staff, faculty, and researchers at the end of the program, and may present at a national conference as part of the program. This onsite program at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana runs from May through August.

Application Requirements

  • Applications will be accepted until January 31, 2024.
  • Interviews will start being scheduled in January 2024.
  • Applicants must be a U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, or permanent resident of the U.S.
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled in an U.S. undergraduate program and continuing in an undergrad program past the REU program (e.g. fall 2024).
  • Applicants must be able to work onsite for the entirety of the REU program (May 19 - August 4, 2024)

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REU Projects Page

Projects - Summer 2024

In each research project students will work closely with professional RCAC staff members. The projects will be in a wide variety of areas, including data analytics and visulization, high performance computing (HPC), software development, and artificial intelligence (AI).

Visit the REU projects page to see previous years projects.

Project #1: Streamlined Software: Automating user-requested software deployment on Anvil using agile technologies

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Project #2: Unlocking the Impact of Data: The Power of the Dashboard

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Project #3: Gromacs Gateway: Creating User-friendly Molecular Simulations Online

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Project #4: AI-Powered Operational Data Analytics: Enhancing User Experience on Anvil

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Program Highlights

Stipend & Housing

The REU projects span an 11-week period from May through August. The eight undergraduate students will work on-site at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana for the duration of the program. These students will work 40 hours per week, receiving a stipend of $600/week. In addition to the stipend, housing at a University Residence Hall and travel costs to attend a conference such as Super Computing 24 or PEARC 24 are provided.  

Social/Networking Programs (2024)


Student Presentations And/Or Poster Sessions

The REU students will make presentations on their work. At the end of the program, we have a symposium at which time each student gives a presentation with a poster or recorded slide deck to which other students, Anvil staff, RCAC staff, and key people from across and outside of the University are invited. These talks will describe the project the REU undertook, outcomes, and plans or suggestions for the future.

Conferences & Publications

In recent years many students from Purdue have given presentations at HPC and/or research conferences (e.g. Super Computing (SC) or PEARC). We encourage the REU students to present their work at these and other undergraduate conferences, and provide funding to support this. Additionally, many of our students publish papers in collaboration with their mentors on the projects they have completed. 

Ongoing research

Where possible, students are encouraged to continue work on their projects after the end of the formal program. This is accomplished through visits to Purdue, virtual collaboration, and work at the student's home institution. Funding maybe available to sponsor these activities.

Nondiscrimination Policy Statement

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Anvil is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 2005632.