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Left: researchers examine a piece of computer hardware; Right: the 2023 REU cohort smiles for a group photo


The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, in collaboration with Intel, is offering a research experience for undergraduates (REU) program in the summer of 2024. Students accepted into the program will come to UNC for the summer and conduct research in the areas of hardware and system security under the guidance of UNC faculty and Intel researchers.

We invite rising juniors with an interest in research to apply. No prior research experience is required. Students from all majors are eligible to apply, however we seek students who are majoring in or otherwise have a background in computer science, computer engineering, or electrical engineering.

This program is a part of UNC Computer Science’s broadening participation in computing plan. To learn more about broadening participation in computing, please visit


The in-person program will run from June 3 to July 26, 2024.

The application deadline is February 25, 2024.

What to Expect

Students will spend eight weeks in Chapel Hill working closely with UNC faculty, graduate students, and Intel researchers. During the day, students will gain experience working on research in systems security, hardware security, and privacy; attend talks by Intel researchers and developers; and meet regularly with their research mentors.

There is no cost to participants for this program. UNC will arrange for and finance housing during the allotted 8-week program. Participants will also receive a program stipend and funding for travel to and from Chapel Hill. Details will be shared when offers are extended.

Please note that specific research areas may change as personnel are finalized.


  • U.S. citizens or permanent residents
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Rising juniors
  • All majors welcome, with preference to computer science, computer engineering, or electrical engineering majors


The application will include two separate forms:

1. Four written responses, a resume/CV, and a transcript. The written responses should be between 150 and 300 words. The transcript can be unofficial, though we reserve the right to request an official transcript later.

2. A letter of recommendation. This letter of recommendation should be from a college or university instructor, professor, or academic advisor or from an employer, mentor, or supervisor who knows you and your work, and can comment on your potential for success in a challenging academic environment. This individual should be able to speak to your accomplishments, but also your critical thinking skills, experience collaborating, and ability to learn independently.

Ready to apply?

Apply to the 2024 REU program using this application form.

After you have submitted the application form, please have your letter of recommendation writer submit the letter using this form.


If you have questions about the program, please email