Undergraduate Research Fellow at NSF Spatiotemporal Innovation Center


Tuesday, April 20, 2021, 12:00pm



NSF REU Fellow Opportunity
7-11 weeks from May 2021 to August 2021

The NSF Spatiotemporal Innovation Center (STC) is looking for 4 – 6 undergraduate research assistants to serve as NSF REU Fellows from May 2021 to August 2021. They will potentially work remotely with George Mason University Site (Fairfax, VA) or Harvard University site (Cambridge, MA) depending on funding availability from NSF.

This opportunity is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) I/UCRC and Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Programs which enable undergraduate students to obtain research experience and consider a career path in spatiotemporal domains (e.g., CS, GIS, Geosciences, etc.). NSF REU Student interns will work in a team with graduate students, postdocs, and faculty at one of the two center sites and will conduct research related to spatiotemporal issues. NSF fellows also have the opportunity to attend a professional conference to present their research results. Students may participate in various projects.


  • Applicants must be undergraduate students.
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident status is required.
  • Applicants should be able to work as NSF fellows for 7-11 weeks. Starting date is flexible.

NSF REU fellows will receive stipend and reimbursement for travel to one conference hosted in the U.S.

We encourage applications from underrepresented groups, such as women, Native-Americans, African-Americans, Hispanics, Veterans, and students with disabilities.

A complete application includes:

  • C.V.
  • One page double-spaced statement of interest.
  • Contacts (email and phone #) of two referees.

Selection process:
There will be three steps for selecting the students: 

  1. Site directors will collaboratively select a pool of promising applicants. 
  2. Faculty members will select the relevant applicants who match their interests. 
  3. A phone interview will be arranged with the selected candidates to consider the applicate’s background and skills in communication, teamwork, and topic interest.

Please submit your application through email to Ms. Qian Liu (qliu6@gmu.edu). The review of applications will start on March 31, 2021, and end until the position is filled up. Feel free to contact Dr. Chaowei Yang (cyang3@gmu.edu) and/or Dr. Wendy Guan (wguan@cga.harvard.edu) with questions about the NSF RET Summer Fellows in Geographic Information Science. We look forward to receiving your applications.

George Mason University and Harvard University are equal opportunity/affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration as NSF REU follows without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.

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