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A research program for undergraduate students interested in technology, geography, and health.

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The CyberHealth GIS Program

Thirty REU students will be engaged in critical and current research problems, advancing student-led discovery, while promoting teaching and training through a hands-on research and mentoring program. The program will advance discovery, while promoting training and learning through a problem-based and hands-on undergraduate research and mentoring program that is intended to build independence and confidence in research. Research results will advance Cyber-HealthGIS, addressing both theoretical and methodological shortcomings this field. Expected outcomes include joint faculty-student publications in research journals, seminars, and conferences, and student presentations of their research. This project will fill a critical US workforce gap by creating a cohort of students trained and interested in pursuing research and scientific careers at the intersection of several important research domains. This project will make freely available examples of prototype applications, thereby advance the capabilities Cyber-HealthGIS research.

This project is supported by a grant from the US National Science Foundation (NSF Project# 1560106).

What You Will Do

Students will be teamed to pursue an independent research project under the guidance of faculty mentors. Invited faculty mentors from around the country will provide research training and hands-on mentoring. Students will collaboratively pose, execute, and evaluate research projects resulting in research advances in CyberHealthGIS.

What We Are Looking For

This program will be both challenging and rewarding, so we are looking for highly motivated and achieving students who are interested in research in public health, geography and GIS, computer science and engineering, and particularly those with a passion for using developing and/or using technology accross any of these domains.

Core Technologies

  • Web and Mobile Programming
  • HPC and Supercomputing
  • Social Media
  • Volunteered Geographic Information
  • BIG Data

Benefits

There are many reasons to consider the CyberHealthGIS program in Texas A&M, including:

Salary

Travel and Living Expenses Paid

Access to Cutting-Edge Reserach Labs

Experience in Interdisciplinary Research

Travel and Housing Information

If you have accepted an offer to participate in the TAMU CyberHealthGIS REU, you will be asked soon after your acceptance about your travel arrangements. We ask that you allow us to make your travel arrangements as they pertain to airline travel due to reimbursement procedures. If you plan to drive your own car to College Station instead of flying, there are other travel procedures that must be followed.

Most participants arrive in College Station the weekend before the program begins.

Housing (if needed) for the TAMU CyberHealthGIS REU group for the Summer of 2017 will be at the Stack at Legacy Point. Within walking distance of campus, the Stack is a fully-furnished, privately-owned dorm. Please see the website for more information on the actual location and look of the housing. You will room with one other person in the TAMU CyberHealthGIS REU group. Housing is assigned randomly by the REU program administrator unless otherwise notified. Please let the REU program administrator know as soon as possible if you have any needs such as accessible living or any special arrangements.

Housing Amenities Include:

  • Private Bedrooms with Bathrooms inside the Bedroom
  • Washer and Dryer in Apartment
  • On-Site Professional Management
  • Access Card Controlled Community
  • Private Garage parking and Bicycle Stations
  • High Speed Wi-Fi throughout the Building
  • Study Areas on Each Floor
  • Close Proximity to Campus and Northgate District
  • 24-Hour Fitness Center with Aerobic Area
  • Beautiful Resort Style Pool and Hot Tub on Elevated Deck
  • Lounge Area with Pool Table and Flat Panel Televisions with Surround Sound
  • Courtyard with Gas Grills, Dining Area and Flat Panel Televisions with Surround Sound

What you should bring with you:

  • Twin sheets
  • Personal linens
  • All toiletries
  • Laundry items (detergent, fabric softener sheets), etc.
  • Initial money to "get started"until your first paycheck arrives

Additional Housing Information:

The program runs from May 29th (Memorial Day) to August 4th, 2017.

  • Move-in can begin on Saturday, May 27, 2017.
  • Last day of move-out is Sunday, August 6, 2017.
  • If your research schedule this summer is not during the program dates, then you will be responsible for locating housing outside of this time.
  • The Texas A&M class schedule does not allow either on or off-campus dorms to be available.

Program Information

Stipends

Direct Deposit is available through the Texas A&M Howdy Portal or the check(s) will be mailed to your address of record.

Programs, Seminars and Learning Opportunities

This summer you have the unique opportunity of participating in innovative research, being in a new place, meeting new people, and experiencing many new and different things.

During this 10-week summer program, students will

  • be embedded with faculty and graduate students defining, conducting, and presenting a research project,
  • attend formal seminars and informal brown-bags given by faculty, industry, and graduate student mentors designed to give students the advantage in going to graduate school and pursuing a career in high-tech,
  • go on tours of Texas A&M laboratories
  • have weekly social functions with other REU students and faculty and graduate students

Lastly, you might ask, what are the requirements of me as a Research Undergraduate this summer in terms of deliverables? As an REU participant, you are required and expected to produce the following:

  • Research Abstract/Statement
  • Research Paper
  • Personal Website
  • Poster - for presentation at two poster judging contests
  • Participation in three programmatic surveys - to enhance the experience and receive feedback about our program

Miscellaneous

A Few Odds and Ends.

  • The average temperature for the summer is 90° F - so bring shorts and t-shirts. It might rain so don't forget your umbrella and/or tennis shoes. Don't worry: everyone has air conditioners!
  • Texas A&M University is a large, but friendly campus. Our summer enrollment is 19,000 so there will be plenty of students around town.
  • Texas A&M University is listed in College Station, Texas, but bordering College Station is Bryan, Texas-the total population of the two towns combined is around 160,000.
  • Texas A&M University is centrally located near many other towns in Texas and even Louisiana - 97 miles northwest of Houston, 183 miles south of Dallas, 183 miles northeast of San Antonio, and 120 miles east of Austin; 75% of the Texas and Louisiana populations, a total of 21 million people, reside within 3½ driving hours of Bryan-College Station.

Links to various campus and city interests.
Bryan/College Station Visitors & Convention Bureau
Bryan/College Station Chamber of Commerce
Texas A&M University
Texas A&M Calendar of Events

Have Questions?

Please have a look at our Frequently Asked Questions Page

Contact Information

If you have questions or need more information about the TAMU CyberHealthGIS REU Program, please contact:

Dr. Daniel W. Goldberg
Departments of Geography and Computer Science & Engineering
Texas A&M University
3147 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-3147
ph: 979-862-3551
E-mail: daniel.goldberg@tamu.edu

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