The Knight Foundation School of Computing and Information Sciences and the Division of Information Technology at Florida International University’s Modesto Maidique Campus is recruiting two undergraduate computer science and/or engineering students to participate in a project that is building a reconfigurable compute platform to support multi-disciplinary research in environmental science and engineering. The reconfigurable compute platform will facilitate high-performance, high-throughput, data-intensive, machine learning, and real-time on-demand computing applications. The fellowships are funded under the Award Abstract # 2126253 CC* Compute: RAPTOR – Reconfigurable Advanced Platform for Transdisciplinary Open Research.

This NSF Funded Undergraduate Fellowship pays a stipend over the annual appointment. A stipend is paid when project deliverables are met. This is a Temporary Grant-Funded fellowship.

*Student participants in REU projects must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or permanent residents of the United States.

Synopsis of Program:

The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Participating in activities to develop the management server and components of the RAPTOR architecture to enable the dynamic allocation of hardware resources between the Chameleon Platform, Open Science Grid (OSG), and the FIU HPC cluster
  • Participating in monitoring, testing applications, as well as access management security policies in response to cybersecurity challenges
  • Assisting in the development of documentation and training materials on the use of the RAPTOR cluster


Current Undergraduate students in a computer science, engineering, or networking related curriculum. One to two years College or equivalent work experience in the areas of computer or network operations including:

  • Basic Linux skills
  • System Admin and DevOps skills are a plus
  • Shell scripting
  • Python, C/C++
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • GPA 3.0 or higher
  • Team player


M-F, 9am – 5 pm (20 hours/week) schedules tailored to the student’s curriculum and class requirements.


The stipend is based on milestones or deliverables with time frame agreed to with the project leaders. Usually, there are 8 milestones in total. Each milestone pays $1,000.00 after completion, and an estimated duration from 40-60 hours, depending on the student’s dedication and skill levels.

* Please note the fellowship does not provide travel, lodging or per diem. 

How to apply

  • A completed applicant information form submitted online here: Application form
  • A 1 page statement of interest and intent, uploaded with the applicant information form. Explain what you have been studying/ researching in your academic program
  • A Curriculum Vitae (1-2 pages)
  • A letter of recommendation from your advisor emailed to