The Program

The Chicago Center for the Theory of Computing and Allied Areas (“Theory Center”) Summer REU Program brings together talented undergraduates with an interest in the the theory of computing and/or machine learning. The 2014 Summer Program offers opportunities to work with leading faculty from The University of Chicago and the Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago working in machine learning, computer vision, algorithms, and complexity theory.


Application letters and letters of recommendation are due by April 24.


Application is open to students worldwide in their 1st, 2nd, or 3rd year of college/university. Students beyond their 3rd year will be considered if they enter University of Chicago (CS/Math/Stat) or TTIC PhD programs in Fall 2014.

Membership, mentoring

Program participants will be admitted in two categories: Full members and Associate members. Full members will be assigned an individual faculty mentor. Associate members may attend all group activities, including participation in the University of Chicago Math REU classes (see below), and will receive mentoring in groups by faculty and/or graduate students.


The program includes two courses, one in theoretical computer science and one in machine learning, and other activities such as seminars involving student presentations and problem solving sessions. Participants will have the opportunity to take additional courses offered as part of the Math REU program.

Students will perform research individually and/or in small groups, culminating in a student paper.


Each student's program starts on June 23, 2014, and will run for 6 to 10 weeks, depending on an agreement between the student participant and their faculty mentor and/or the program director.


Full members will receive support, including reasonable travel expenses and a budget of up to $450/week divided between housing support and stipend. Associate members are not guaranteed assistance but a small number of associate members may be awarded modest assistance, not to exceed a total of $1,800 for the entire duration of the program, based on a combination of need and merit. Please indicate need in your application letter.

Participants receiving support/assistance may not hold a part-time job without the approval of the program director. Note that stipends are taxable, and that taxes will be withheld as required by law.


The program does not offer housing, but it will assist in locating housing. Students will be responsible for their own housing arrangements. Summer sublets in the community around the University tend to be readily available.

Program administrators