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Interactive and Intelligent Media REU: Designing and evaluating serious games

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Academic Level:
Undergraduate Students

The Intelligent and Interactive Media and Games REU Site at NC State University immerses a diverse group of undergraduates in a vibrant research community working on cutting-edge interactive and intelligent media including serious games and game technologies, interfaces, visual experiences, and natural language dialogue. The IIM REU at NC State recruits broadly, but focuses on providing opportunities for students from underrepresented groups, and from colleges and universities with limited research opportunities, reaching students not typically exposed to research. The IIM REU uses the Affinity Research Groups and STARS Training for REUs models to engage faculty and graduate student mentors with undergraduates to create a supportive culture of collaboration while promoting individual contributions to research through just-in-time training for both mentors and students throughout the summer. REU students present their work at an undergraduate research competition, develop videos to convey their research to K-12 students, and are encouraged to submit their technical papers as peer reviewed publications.


•Provide research experience to undergraduate students from populations that are under-represented in computing by immersing each student into the activities and culture of a research lab.

•Increase students’ understanding of computing research methodologies.

•Increase students’ awareness of the broad array of computing research disciplines.

•Provide students with multiple points of support from a diverse group of peers and faculty mentors.

•Increase students’ understanding of the process to apply to and prepare for entrance and success in computing doctoral programs.


•Work with active and experienced research faculty on emerging and socially relevant research topics.

•Receive a stipend.

•Students are eligible to apply for funding to travel to a conference.

•Parking on campus is provided.

•Housing on campus is provided.


•Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States.

•Applicant must be and remain an undergraduate student in good standing.

•Applicant must plan to complete a degree program.

•Students must work a minimum of 40 hours per week at the REU site.

•Students must attend weekly lab meetings.

•Students must prepare a publishable literature survey.

•Students must prepare and submit a written report of the work done.

•Students must give an oral presentation of work performed at the REU Site.

•Students may participate in Computing REU programs at NC State a maximum of two summers.

Participating Institution(s):
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North Carolina State University (Lead)

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Computer & Electrical Engineering
Computer Sciences
Digital Media
General Technology
Information Sciences

Interactive Digital Multimedia

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This program is funded by:
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Page last updated 10/27/2016
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