Robots in the Real World
June 19th-August 25th, 2017
Oregon State University
Corvallis, Oregon


Dates and Deadlines:

  • The summer 2017 program dates are Monday June 19th  through Friday August 25th (travel to site will occur before the start date and travel home will occur after the end date). 
  • The application review will begin on February 10, 2017, with accepted students contacted by February 27, 2017. Declines will go out at this time.
  • Acceptance deadline for students is March 17, 2017. Second round of offers will go out at this time (if necessary).
  • We can make accomodation for students with academic conflicts to start earlier or later, but arrangements must be made in advance and worked out with your project mentor!

Housing and Dining:

  • The REU program offers student housing to program participants at the Oregon State Corvallis campus. Housing costs are covered by the program for the majority of students (see note below)
  • OSU Scholar Housing Website
  • Participants whose home permanent address are within a 30-mile radius of the Corvallis campus may not qualify for on-campus housing.
  • We do not include meal plans as part of student support, the student housing includes kitchens and cookware/dishes.  If students wish they may purchase meal plans.  OSU Dining Options Website.


  • The REU program provides up to $750 in prepaid travel, including checked bag fees.  This should be booked through OSU's approved travel agency Auzamno Travel (   Students accepted to the program will receive specific instructions about how to book travel.


  • Students will recived stipends in 3 dispersments.  $1000 at the start of the program. $3000 on week 4 and the reminaing $1000 at the end of the program, once the final project documentation has been approved.

Approximate schedule for the ten weeks:

  • We run a weekly, 2 hour seminar for all REU students. This seminar is a mix of informational lectures, hands-on, small group activities based on those lectures, and student project presentations.
  • Students have three opportunities to present their research project for peer evaluation: An initial project overview, a mid-project review, and a final, research-style presentation. 
  • There is a structured activity based around each lecture; students will be provided with templates and examples to help them complete those activities.