About REU

When it comes to technology, New York Institute of Technology understands that significant learning occurs outside the classroom. This realization is the driving force behind the development of a faculty-mentored program to help students gain knowledge and take advantage of global, technology-oriented opportunities. The New York Tech Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) provides an enhanced opportunity for talented and ambitious undergraduate students to collaborate with our faculty and graduate students on today's cutting-edge research.


Led by Dr. N. Sertac Artan, New York Tech's REU program is in anticipation of funding by a prestigious three-year National Science Foundation (NSF) grant (January 2019 through December 2021) in its third installment. In the past six years of the program, REU fellows co-authored eight papers published at academic journals and international conferences as a result of their research during the REU program. Details of all research conducted in past years are available in our REU Archives.

New York Tech is one of few REU sites in the NSF Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) directorate that focus on mobile device and wireless network security. With the objective of providing research opportunities to those who are from institutions lacking research opportunities and from under-represented groups, our REU program has a large number of participants from undergraduate and liberal arts institutions as well as female and minority students. The program provides an opportunity for the undergraduate researchers to collaborate with faculty, graduate students, as well as their REU peers to conduct research in cutting-edge research areas with paramount societal importance and build their confidence as independent researchers.

Students accepted into the highly competitive program spend 10 weeks in the heart of New York City conducting important research with teammates and distinguished faculty members on topics related to security of mobile devices and wireless networks. Students are assigned to a project and mentor based on their research interests, and work toward creating a final poster presentation. The research projects require full-time commitment from participants (5 days a week/40 hours per week), and students may not work while in the program.

The ultimate goal of the REU program is to prepare students for successful STEM careers and further study at the graduate level in their chosen discipline, and to give them the tools and opportunities to present their work at conferences. In addition to the rigorous academic schedule, REU participants will visit labs in the New York City region, attend workshops and networking events, and go on field trips to locations around the city.