The National Science Foundation has awarded a prestigious new research experience for undergraduates (REU) site to the Kahlert School of Computing entitled Trust and Reproducibility of Intelligent Computation (TREU). Led by Principal Investigator Prof. Ganesh Gopalakrishnan and Co-Principal Investigator and Director of the School Prof. Mary Hall (pictured above), the TREU REU site will train undergraduate students over 10 weeks during each of its three years. The selected students will learn valuable technical and soft skills to help them to become future leaders in the field of intelligent computational research. 

Several Kahlert School of Computing faculty will be involved as instructors at the new TREU site. 

Top Row: Profs. Bhaskara, Eide, Elhabian

Middle Row: Profs. Phillips, Sadayappan, Sundar

Bottom Row: Profs Wiese, Wiese, Zhang

“TREU offers our trainees a unique opportunity to learn about four prominent driving forces behind today’s scientific research and connected living, namely high-performance computing and machine learning, cloud, and wireless networking. These topics are prominently represented at the Kahlert School through world-class faculty members and state-of-the-art research facilities. The learning experience will be contextualized and delivered around the themes of responsible research and inclusion.”

– Prof. Ganesh Gopalakrishnan, Principal Investigator

The TREU program will introduce trainees to the basics of many exciting and crucially important computer science research areas. The program emphasizes hands-on demonstration of these technologies and methods to enhance trust and reproducibility. In addition to a wide variety of technical skills, the program will equip trainees to apply the skills in an ethical, inclusive manner.

Students will gain exposure to several concepts throughout the program. Highlights include High-Performance Computing (HPC), image classification using machine learning, advanced wireless networking in the context of the POWDER project, ethics & inclusion, and research training. For a more detailed description of course modules, please visit In addition, trainees will have frequent opportunities to help build their social and academic network while taking advantage of Utah’s abundant and unique natural resources. 

 “TREU allows the Kahlert School of Computing to build on the multi-million dollar research infrastructure that is University of Utah is uniquely blessed with thanks to prior flagship NSF projects such as Cloudlab and POWDER. We are excited to invite top students from across the nation to spend ten weeks on our beautiful campus over three successive years, and experience world-class research in a picture postcard setting. As is well-known, individuals who have spent time at the University of Utah are our best long-term ambassadors.”

 – Prof. Mary Hall, Director, Co-Principal Investigator

TREU welcomes applications from undergraduates across the country at all levels. Students from backgrounds underrepresented in computer science, sophomores or juniors with knowledge of computer science basics, and students interested in graduate school are especially encouraged to apply. Applications close on April 15, 2023.