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Interdisciplinary Research Experience in Hyperspectral Imaging (IDREHSI)

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Welcome to IDREHSI!

The Interdisciplinary Research Experience in Hyperspectral Imaging (IDREHSI) program is the National Science Foundation's Reseach Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) site that focuses on introducing young scientists to a highly interdisciplinary research environment with a unifying theme of fundamental and applied research in hyperspectral imaging.

The IDRESHI program offers an 8-week summer school with a focus on field and lab-based hyperspectral imaging applications where students are engaged in faculty-directed collaborative interdisciplinary research projects and team-based problem solving activities. Participants will gain professional (technical skills and scientific training) and personal experiences that are particularly valuable for young scientists.

The IDRESHI builds on a well-established collaborative interdisciplinary hyperspectral imaging group, availability of large volumes of hyperspectral imagery, and accessibility of state-of-the art hyperspectral equipment.

If you are an undergraduate and interested in hyperspectral imaging summer research experience, here is an opportunity. IDREHSI invites students from all disciplines to apply their expertise to understanding hyperspectral imagine. In particular, IDREHSI seeks to involve students from groups that are historically under-represented in the STEM fields, including Black or African-American, American Indian or Alaska Native, Hispanic or Latino, female, first-generation college students and students with disabilities. IDREHSI welcomes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students.


The 8-week summer program typically starts at the 4th week of May and continues through mid-July.


IDREHSI takes place at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) located at the Waterloo-Cedar Falls metropolitan area, Iowa. For information about the city of Cedar Falls, click here (

The 8-week summer school will be hosted in the building of “Innovative Teaching and Technology Center” or “ITTC” at UNI.



IDREHSI protégés work 30 hours a week and earn a competitive wage.

Housing and Transportation

Furnished apartments are provided at no cost to protégés. Round-trip airfare is provided to UNI from anywhere within the United States and Puerto Rico. The airport to fly in or depart is Waterloo Regional Airport (code: ALO). IDREHSI will make arrangement to pick up protégés at no cost from and to the airport.


Protégés are funded to attend national scientific conferences to present their IDREHSI research.




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