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Please forward to potentially interested undergraduates.
Thank you in advance,
Derrick Parkhurst

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Summer Program for Interdisciplinary Research and Education
Emerging Interface Technologies (SPIRE-EIT)
Iowa State University
http://www.hci.iastate.edu/REU/

What?	
Computers are becoming an increasingly integral part of our everyday lives. 
For example, the dominance of the desktop computer is fading and quickly being 
replaced by personal and ubiquitous computing devices including laptop 
computers, personal digital assistants, digital music players, and intelligent 
cell phones. The successful integration of these new technologies into our 
lifestyle in a way that maximizes usefulness, usability, and ease of use while 
minimizing intrusiveness poses a difficult but important problem. This problem 
will demand novel solutions founded on an in-depth understanding of the 
complex interactions between humans and computers. 	

Why?	
The accelerating integration of technology into society will demand 
professionals with information technology skills that are augmented by an 
understanding of the human user. These skills will be necessary for any 
individual to remain competitive in the future information technology work 
force. Only those individuals with a unique interdisciplinary perspective will 
be able to successfully understand, utilize, and apply new technological 
solutions to solve human-centered problems. 	

Who?	
Students working towards an undergraduate degree in any of the HCI 
disciplines. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents. Women and 
underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. 	

When?	
Summer program: June 2, 2006 - August 5, 2006
Application Deadline: March 31st, 2006
Notification of Status: April 15th, 2006
	
Where?	
Virtual Reality Application Center
Howe Hall, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa 	

How?	
Summer Stipend: $400 per week
Housing: Fredrickson Court Apartments
Travel Stipend: $400
Food: Meal Plan
	
Activities?	
Hands on research with cutting-edge technology
Interdisciplinary teams
Classes
Journal club
Faculty exposure seminars
Industry tours
Professional development
Movie Night
Sporting Events

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Derrick Parkhurst, PhD			
Assistant Professor, 
The Department of Psychology and
The Human Computer Interaction Program
Associate Director, 
The Virtual Reality Application Center
Iowa State University
1620d Howe Hall
Ames, Iowa, 50011
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http://hcvl.hci.iastate.edu/

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