The Center for Internet Augmented Research and Assessment (CIARA) at Florida International University’s Modesto Maidique Campus is recruiting two undergraduate computer science and/or engineering students to participate in projects involving the building and operation of SDN networks to support research between the U.S. and Brazil. The fellowships are funded under the Award Abstract #1451018 IRNC: Backbone: AmLight Express and Protect (ExP).

This NSF Funded Undergraduate Fellowship pays a stipend over the annual appointment. A stipend is paid either monthly or quarterly when project deliverables are met. This is a Temporary Grant-Funded fellowship. Undergraduate student participants in REU Supplements 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:

  • Assisting in the implementation of an OpenFlow/SDN network for research and experimentation, connecting U.S. and Brazil OpenFlow network deployments via the AMPATH International Exchange Point, in Miami, Florida.
  • Assisting with the deployment of OpenFlow software and Network operating system builds, working in coordination with OpenFlow development teams at Internet2, GENI, and Brazil’s OpenFlow projects.
  • Assisting with the deployment and testing of a traffic monitoring and reporting system for monitoring of hybrid networks
  • Assisting with technical documentation for use internally and for dissemination to communities of interest on the use of SDN networks.
  • Development of scripts and tools that would help the operation of a production SDN Network.


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 networking skills.
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • JavaScript and/or Phyton is a plus
  • GPA 3.0 or higher
  • Team player


M-F, 8am – 5 pm (20 hours/week ) schedules tailored to the student’s curriculum and class requirements.

* 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 1-2 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