When it comes to technology, NYIT 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 NYIT Research Experience for Undergraduates provides an enhanced opportunity for talented and ambitious undergraduate students to collaborate with NYIT faculty and graduate students on today's cutting-edge research.
Led by Dr. Ziqian (Cecilia) Dong, NYIT's REU program is funded for a second time by prestigious three-year National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, which applies to the three-year period of April 1, 2016 through March 31, 2019. In the first year of the prior three-year program, two of the five research papers co-authored with 2013 REU fellows were published or accepted to peer reviewed international conferences, while another two poster presentations were featured at the 2013 NYIT Cybersecurity Conference at NYIT-Manhattan. Details of all research conducted in past years is found in NYIT’s REU Archives.
NYIT 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, NYIT’s REU program has large presence 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 cyber security in mobile devices. 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.