Dean's Early Research Initiative (DERI)

The Dean's Early Research Initiative (DERI) aims to enhance high school students' exposure to engineering, as well as provide opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to develop skills in mentoring. High school students in their junior year who are interested in engineering or computer science may apply for a one year fellowship, which begins in the summer. Applicants will be selected based on their GPA (3.3 or higher) and application materials.

DERI fellows are expected to work a total of 60 hours during the summer, starting no earlier than July 1, then continue their fellowship into the school year. During the school year fellows work 4 hours each week. They will each receive $200 to attend a local scientific event, and may also apply for a travel allowance based on financial need. Research mentors involve the high school student in their ongoing research program. Each mentor will receive a $500 grant to attend a scientific conference, chosen by the faculty mentor