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Purdue University is the home of Anvil, a powerful new supercomputer that provides advanced computing capabilities to support a wide range of computational and data-intensive research, from traditional high-performance computing to modern artificial intelligence applications. The name "Anvil" reflects the Purdue Boilermakers' strength and dedicated focus on producing results.


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The Rosen Center for Advanced Computing (RCAC) is seeking students for Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) paid internships for an 11 week onsite summer REU program. This program aims at developing the next generation workforce in advanced computing and cyberinfrastructure technologies. It offers students from diverse backgrounds, the opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to build and support advanced research computing systems and scientific applications. Modeled after the RCAC's decade long successful student apprentice program, the REU students will learn by doing, working on the National Science Foundation funded Anvil system in a team environment and mentored by cyberinfrastructure professionals.

REU 2023 Summer participants and Anvil PI Team posing for picture in front of Convergence office building.


Open to undergraduate students from all backgrounds. Each student will present their work to Purdue staff, faculty, and researchers at the end of the program, and may present at a national conference as part of the program. This onsite program at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana runs from May through August.


Application Requirements

  • Applications will be accepted until February 16, 2024.
  • Applicants must be a U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, or permanent resident of the U.S.
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate program.
  • Applicants must be able to work onsite for the entirty of the REU program (May 19 - August 4, 2024)

Questions should be directed to

Please check back at the end of 2023 for information on the summer 2024 program

                                 Meet the Anvil REU Mentors!


REU Projects Page

Projects - Summer 2024

In each research project students will work closely with professional RCAC staff members. The projects will be in a wide variety of areas, including data analytics and visulization, high performance computing (HPC), software development, and artificial intelligence (AI).

Visit the REU projects page to see previous years projects.

Program Highlights

Stipend & Housing

The REU projects spand an 11-week period from May through August. The eight undergraduate students will work on-site at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indian for the duration of the program. These students will work 40 hours per week, receiving a stipend of $600/week. In addition to the stipend, housing at a University Residence Hall and travel costs to attend a conference such as Super Computing 23 or PEARC 23 are provided.  

Social/Networking Programs (2023)


May 22

  • SURF Orientation
  • Anvil/ Data Center Tour for Anvil REU students
  • Hands-on training with REU's & Mentors

May 23

  • Anvil REU Welcome Event

May 30

  • Walking tour of Campus
  • Nuclear reactor / Birck / Airport / Zucrow

June 2

  • Boilermaker Special Ride

June 7

  • Presentation on Data Visualization, Vetria L. Byrd

June 9

  • Presentation on Cybersecurity, CERIAS

June 13

  • SURF Technical Abstract Workshop

June 15

  • Presentation on Virtual Reality & Simulation, George Takahashi

June 26

  • 1 on 1 - Anvil Exe Team Member & REU

July 14

  • Presentation Anvil Exe TeamMember & Lunch

July 17

  • SURF Preparing for the Symposium

July 18

  • SURF Effective Technical Communication Workshop

July 21

  • SURF Practice Presentations

July 22-27

  • PEARC23 Student Program/Conference

July 28

  • SURF Symposium - Project/Poster Presentations

August 2

  • SURF Award Ceremony & Wrap Up Event

August 4

  • Anvil REU Wrap Up Event

Student Presentations And/Or Poster Sessions

The REU students will make presentations on their work. At the end of the program, we have a symposium at which time each student gives a presentation with a poster or recorded slide deck to which other students, Anvil staff, RCAC staff, and key people from across and outside of the University are invited. These talks will describe the project the REU undertook, outcomes, and plans or suggestions for the future.

Conferences & Publications

In recent years many students from Purdue have given presentations at HPC and/or research conferences (e.g. Super Computing (SC) or PEARC). We encourage the REU students to present their work at these and other undergraduate conferences, and provide funding to support this. Additionally, many of our students publish papers in collaboration with their mentors on the projects they have completed. 

Ongoing research

Where possible, students are encouraged to continue work on their projects after the end of the formal program. This is accomplished through visits to Purdue, collaboration through the internet, and work at the student's home institution. Funding maybe available to sponsor these activities.

Nondiscrimination Policy Statement

Purdue University prohibits discrimination against any member of the University community on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, genetic information, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or status as a veteran. The University will conduct its programs, services and activities consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations and orders and in conformance with the procedures and limitations as set forth in Purdue’s Equal Opportunity, Equal Access and Affirmative Action policy which provides specific contractual rights and remedies. Additionally, the University promotes the full realization of equal employment opportunity for women, minorities, persons with disabilities and veterans through its affirmative action program. View a more complete statement of Purdue's policies of equal access and equal opportunity. If you have any questions or concerns regarding these policies, please contact the Office of the Vice President for Ethics and Compliance at or 765-494-5830.

Anvil is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 2005632.