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SURF-I: Safe, Usable, Reliable and Fair Internet

About ISI
Research Projects
The USC Information Sciences Institute is excited to announce our ongoing Research Experience of Undergrdauates (REU) Program. It focuses on createing a Safe, Usable, Reliable and Fair Internet. ISI's REU program has been active since 2018 and has supported 35 undergraduate students from the U.S. In a number of cases they have seen their work published in peer-reviewed venues. We are grateful to NSF CISE for their generous support of this program via awards #1659886 and #2051101.


In our program, students will participate in an 9-week research experience at USC/ISI campus in Marina del Rey. The program includes:
  • a weekly stipend of $600
  • travel reimbursement to/from Los Angeles
  • meals
  • housing at USC campus
  • free shuttle between USC and ISI
  • professional development activities
  • social events in the Los Angeles area


Unfortunately we will not run the program in 2024.
Please check back in January 2025.
Applicants in need can also apply for REU participation fellowship to receive up to 10,000 $ to help with financial insecurities. This opportunity is offered by Last Mile Education Fund.

Research Focus

Students will work with USC/ISI's renowned faculty, staff and graduate students on problems that seek to improve Internet's safety, usability, reliability or fairness. Please explore our list of research projects using the menu on the left.


To apply, students must meet the following criteria at the time of application:
  • US citizens or permanent residents
  • enrolled at an accredited higher learning institution (including two-year institutions)
  • have finished at least their second year of study (exceptional freshmen may be considered)
  • not have completed their undergraduate degree

We welcome all applicants, and especially encourage applications from populations that are underrepresented in computing. Traditionally, around 50% of our admissions have been from smaller schools that do not have robust undergraduate research programs.

Current participants please click here.