GRASP Laboratory - University of Pennsylvania

ROGER, the Rapidly Orienting Green-Eyed Robot. ROGER was created by undergraduates Kate Chovanetz, Matthew MacMillan, and Travis Van Schoyck in 2009, advised by GRASP faculty Mark Yim and Katherine Kuchenbecker.

Thank you for your interest in the GRASP Robotics REU Site. Unfortunately, we will not be running this program any more. Our site closed after summer 2014. Below are some details about our application process in previous years.

We accept applications from undergraduate students studying any topic relevant to robotics, including computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, systems engineering, physics, mathematics, and cognitive science. Participants must have completed at least one term of college courses, and they should not yet have a bachelors degree in a robotics-relevant discipline. Rising sophomores, rising juniors, rising seniors, and super seniors (four years complete but no degree awarded yet) are all welcome to apply.

Though located at Penn, our REU Site particularly seeks students from outside universities; you can be enrolled in any university worldwide. All program participants must be US citizens or permanent residents.. International students are unfortunately not eligible to participate, due torestrictions from the funding agency. We are particularly interested in applicants who come from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (low-income, ethnic and racial minorities, first generation college students, and women).

The main items requested in the application are as follows:

  • Your name and contact information.
  • How you heard about our REU Site.
  • Where you go to school, what you're studying, your GPA, and your expected graduation date.
  • Background information such as your extracurricular activities and the technical courses you have taken.
  • Short essays (100 words or less, each) on your research interests, goals, and preparation for participation in this REU Site.
  • Contact information for two references. One should know you in a technical context.
  • Future career plans.
  • General descriptive and demographic information.
  • Whether you want to include your application information a research study about REU Sites (entirely optional).
  • Whether you want your application to be considered by other REU Sites if you are not offered a position in this program.

That's all! Your application will be stored in our online database and reviewed on a rolling basis. We hope to announce initial offers by mid March, though some offers will be made after that date. Applicants will be notified about the status of their application over email.

Note that we do not post a list of REU projects, as many other REU Sites do. Instead, our faculty select or design projects to match the skills and interests of the top applicants to our program each summer. That is why we do not ask you to pick from a list of projects. To get a sense of other research that our REU students have done, please read the project titles from our 2012 participants, 2013 participants, and 2014 participants.

If you have any updates to your application after you submit, or if you have any questions about the application process, please contact Professor Katherine J. Kuchenbecker.