The solicitation for summer research projects for undergraduates from the CRA-W is out: the DREU. I highly recommend proposing a project. For those who haven’t heard of it, the DREU are Distributed Research Experiences for Undergraduates (from Underrepresented Groups in Computer Science and Engineering). How it works: profs suggest projects; students apply; the fine people who run DREU match students to profs, handle payment and logistics for the students; the students show up and you get them for 10 weeks. It has a very high reward to effort ratio.
The students are amazing. I had one student through DREU two summers ago. It worked out so well, she came back as my Masters student, and I hope she’ll continue to do a Ph.D. with me. (Recruitment tool, anyone?) I would have hoped to repeat this last summer, but I instead advised two (also amazing) students through an in-house REU program run by the math department at OSU.
The deadline for suggesting projects is February 15, and generally they are short on projects, not on students.