Prospective Students

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If you are an undergraduate student with a strong background in math, probability, and signals, and you are interested in exploring the world of research in video surveillance, biomedical imaging, wireless networking, network computing, control theory, etc., we offer a limited number of REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) scholarships. Please contact an IDS faculty member from the area you are interested in. Undergraduate research funding is also available from various BU- and College-sponsored programs.

If you are a prospective graduate student interested in one of the IDS research areas, and have a strong background in electrical and computer engineering, mathematics, probability, and algorithms, we encourage you to apply to the ECE graduate program. The top-ranked PhD-program applicants are usually offered a Dean’s Fellowship, Graduate Teaching Fellowship or, in exceptional circumstances, a Research Assistantship in the first year of the studies. After the first year, after passing the ECE PhD qualifying exam, most candidates are offered a Research Assistantship by one or more IDS faculty members. Usually, we do not offer fellowships or assistantships to MS students, but exceptional candidates are considered on a case-by-case basis. For details about the admission procedures, please visit the College of Engineering Graduate Admissions web site.

Please note that admissions are handled by the ECE Department and the College of Engineering, and not by the IDS Laboratory, and therefore please do not contact IDS faculty about the application process. If you are an exceptionally strong candidate with an established publication record in one or more of the IDS research areas, in parallel with the official application to the ECE graduate program, you may wish to contact one or more  IDS faculty members in your research areas of interest by sending your CV, as this helps in our recruiting efforts. However, due to the large volume of email that faculty receive, we regret that we may not be able to reply to the vast majority of requests; please do not be offended.