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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.

The program is especially interested in applications from excellent students who share our goal of building an equitable and inclusive learning environment. We especially encourage womxn and students whose racial or ethnic identities have historically been underrepresented in computing to apply.


The in-person program will most likely run from early June to late July 2024, but official dates will be shared at a later date.

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.

Please note that specific research areas may change as dates and 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. 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.

Please note that the application requirements are subject to change until the application opens.

Ready to apply?

Applications are not yet being accepted, but this page will be updated when the application goes live.


If you have questions about the program, please email