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Laboratory for Computational Sensing and Robotics
Computer Integrated Surgical Systems and Technology Engineering Research Center
A NSF funded Program


The REU program in Computational Sensing and Medical Robotics(CSMR) is an intensive, ten-week program of laboratory research and instruction, beginning at the end of May and concluding in early August. Projects are available in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Computer Science. Students are awarded a $5,500 stipend and are given housing for the summer.

The projects hosted by the Laboratory for Computational Sensing and Robotics (LCSR) and the Computer Integrated Surgical Systems and Technology Engineering Research Center (CISST ERC) are funded by the National Science Foundation. (The number of positions awarded will be determined once funding has been awarded in the Spring.) 

Candidates must be a U.S. Citizen or a U.S. Permanent Resident to be accepted into this program. Unfortunately, no exceptions can be made.

with a particular focus given to women and under-represented minorities, students from institutions nationwide will be recruited to participate in research projects pursued by faculty and researchers at the Laboratory for Computational Sensing and Robotics (LCSR). Each student will be a part of a research team, including a faculty project supervisor and a graduate student mentor, to guide them through the summer. The projects will be designed to match each student’s interest to maximize the potential for making a contribution during the session. Many projects have been identified, and new projects emerge each year. Participating students also receive instruction on technical communication, oral presentation skills, and research ethics to aid in the completion of the required final research report and presentation. Additional activities will include tours and trips to other labs. The participants will also take part in a poster session at the end of the program. One student will be selected to present their research at the REU Symposium hosted by the Council on Undergraduate Research in the fall.

2022 APPLICATION INFORMATION                           

2022 CSMR REU Project Descriptions

Click here to apply for the summer 2022 cohort

Program Dates – June 1, 2022 – August 5, 2022 (Housing Available from May 31 – August 6, 2022)

* If you are on a quarter system, you are still eligible to apply. If you are selected, you will work out an alternate start date and a way to make up your time with your PI. 

The 2018 Cohort

The 2018 Cohort

Students will need to provide the following:

  • a cover letter with your name, grade level, GPA, and top three project selections. Go to for tips on writing a cover letter. 
  • CV or resume
  • personal/research statement (1 – 2 pages) including an explanation of why you should be selected for the projects you listed on your cover letter. Please be sure to link your skills and interests to the projects. For writing tips, review the following document. Howtowriteapersonalstatement_2021
  • transcripts (unofficial or official will be accepted)
  • two letters of recommendations from past or current professors or other research professionals with whom you have worked.
  • If you are a permanent resident, please include a copy of your permanent residency card with your application materials.

DEADLINE- All application materials need to be received by February 27, 2022 (midnight). Notification of acceptance will be sent by early March.

PLEASE NOTE – Students who graduate in Spring 2022 are not eligible for the 2022 program.

If you have questions about the application process, please email
Dana Walter-Shock at

Mailing Address
Dana Walter-Shock
CSMR REU Program
Johns Hopkins University
3400 North Charles St
Barton 117 B
Baltimore, MD 21218

This program is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No.EEC-1852155.

2021 Cohort: (left to right)

Top row: Josiah Lozano, Prof. Amanda Hilliard (Communications Instructor), Harrison Menkes, Savanna Hays, Ben Frey

Middle row: Camryn Graham, Ammaar Firozi, Evan Dramko, Anire Egbe, Jonathan Mi, Ariadna Riveira

Bottom row: Karina Soto-Perez, Arko Chatterjee, Chase Lahr, Katie Sapozhnikov

Results from Prior Support

Outcomes from CSMR REU Program 2018

Outcomes from CSMR REU Program 2017

Outcomes from CSMR REU Program 2016

Outcomes from CSMR REU Program 2015

Intellectual Merits of 2014 REU Projects

The REU Program publications

MISTC Visit 2016 by REUs

The program has been able to recruit students from diverse backgrounds over the past decade. Minorities and women are strongly encouraged to apply.

This program has been advertised to these educational institutions in the past.


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Laboratory for Computational Sensing + Robotics