Deadline: January 2, 2017

Program Description

The EECS Research Internship for Undergraduates (RIU) Initiative is intended to support EECS faculty in providing EECS undergraduate students with summer and/or academic year research experiences. Awards will for an amount of $7200 per PI (the equivalent of 3 months of full time hourly support at $15/hour) to be spent over a 12 month period. It is expected that in many cases, this support will be used for intensive summer research experiences, but academic year arrangements are also allowed as appropriate.

Preference will be given to proposals that:

  1. Propose exciting projects that are likely to inspire RIU students.
  2. Provide a clear mentoring plan for the RIU student.
  3. Aim to promote underrepresented groups.
  4. Propose RIU projects that can seed new collaborations and/or new sources of extramural funding.

The project deliverable is a short report from the RIU student(s) describing their experience.


  • At most one application may be submitted per investigator.
  • Open to all academic faculty in the School of EECS.
  • Investigator must be in residence at Oregon State University during the award period.

Each application may have up to two investigators where funds can be requested for one RIU student per investigator. Additional collaborators (as many as needed to accomplish the work) may be listed as part of the proposal narrative.  There are no restrictions on collaborators. These can be on campus, off campus, faculty/clinical/post docs/industrial collaborators, etc.

Application Submission Instructions

Submission Deadline: January 2, 2017

Submission: Submit ELECTRONICALLY via an email attachment with subject line "EECS RIU Initiative" to and cc:

Application Package: The application must include the following items.

  1. Technical Proposal: limited to 2 pages (details on content below)
  2. Plan for advising and mentoring RIU student: limited to 1 page
  3. References: not counted against proposal page count

Please address any questions to

Technical Proposal Content: the technical proposal must include, in this order

  1. Title
  2. Investigator List
  3. Fund request and planned timeline for RIU ($7200 limit per investigator).
  4. General background of RIU project
  5. Specific goals, objectives, methods, and anticipated results of the RIU project.
  6. Plan for finding appropriate RIU students.
  7. Plan for advising and mentoring RIU student.
  8. Other faculty with whom you will be collaborating and their role in the project.

The project description must be concise, limited to two, single-spaced pages at 12pt font.

Review Process and Criteria

Proposals will be evaluated by a faculty committee lead by the Associate Head for Research using the following criteria:

  1. Does this project offer RIU students with the potential for a compelling and inspiring research experience?
  2. Is there a clear mentoring and advising plan for the timeline of the RIU?
  3. Are there plans to promote diversity?
  4. Does the RIU project have the potential to create new collaborations?
  5. Does the RIU project lay some groundwork toward seeding new extramural funding opportunities?

This initiative will fund up to 5 RIU students.

Reporting Requirements

The project deliverable is a short report from the RIU student(s) describing their experience.