REU: Computing for Structure

Computing for Structure is an NSF Funded Research Experience for Undergraduates, created and directed by the University of Miami Department of Computer Science and Center for Computational Science.

General Information

Boot Camp, first week

The first week is an intensive program to present skills in computers and mathematics, needed in the mentorships. Covered are: Matlab, Python, and High Performance Computing. The camp is held Monday–Friday, May 22–26 in the Ungar Building computer lab, third floor, with only an AM meeting on the final Friday.

AM series: 9:30am – 12:00

  • Mon: Getting started in lab and with unix. Burt R.
  • Tues–Wed: Scientific Python with statistics. Athina H.
  • Thur–Fri: Matlab with neural nets. Odelia S. and Luis S.
PM series: 1:30pm – 4:00pm
  • Mon: Python. Burt R.
  • Tues: Unix and HPC Joel Z.
  • Wed: Big Data at CCS. ZongJun Hu
  • Thur: Power Unix Joel Z / Mentor Meet-up

Nature of Science Lecture Series / Research Seminars

Lectures generally Thursday afternoon with a historical or conceptual viewpoint of the development or practice of science. Some lectures in the series are devoted to an overview of specific research topics, relevant to the REU theme, by active researchers in those fields.

Thursday, 1 June.
Prof. Alvarez, Physics. Science and Physics
Wednesday, 6 June.
Prof. Kirtman,Marine Sciences (RSMA). Science and Computation (note day of week)
Thursday, 15 June.
Prof. Ogihara, Computer Science. Science and Humanities
Thursday, 22 June.
Prof. Goodman, Program on Ethics. Science and Ethics
Thursday, 29 June.
Prof. Visser, Computer Science. Research: The Semantic Web
Thursday, 6 July.
Prof. Sutcliffe, Computer Science. Research: Automated Theorem Proving
Thursday, 29 June.
Prof. Rosenberg, Computer Science. Science and Information

More to be announced. Please see our CFS-REU calendar.

Professional Development Workshop

In coordination with the REU at the Chem Dept, we have a series of weekly workshops to help new scientist develop in their field and understand their future options.

Date and time: 3pm–5pm Fridays, either in the Cox science building, next to Ungar, or downtown on the Medical Campus, at the Gautier building.

Friday, 26 May
Introduction to Interdisciplinary Research, Prof. Knecht. Cox 166.
Friday, 2 June
Giving an Effective Research Presentation, Prof. Nawaz. Gautier 118.
Friday, 9 June
Scientific Ethics and Misconduct, Prof. Gaines. Cox 145.
Friday, 16 June
Reading and Critiquing Scientific Literature, Prof. Hokayem. Cox 166.
Friday, 23 June
Life as a Graduate Student, Panel discussion. Cox 166.
Tuesday, 27 June 9am–10am
M.D./Ph.D. Opportunities, Prof Lemmon. Lois Pope Center, 7th flr Conf Rm. Note day of the week
Friday, 30 June
Graduate School Opportunities, Dr's Captain, Salas, and Deo. Gautier 118.
Friday, 7 July
Research Outside Academia, Prof. Sittampalam, Gautier 118.
Friday, 14 July
Graduate and Postdoctoral Opportunities, Prof. Rai. Cox 166.


Computational Chemistry
Prof Acevado
Prof. Rosenberg
Neural Networks
Prof Schwartz
Prof Uddin
Protein Networks
Prof Wufty
Prof Messinger and Prof Vitale
Prof Mirzargar and Prof Milenkovic and Prof Lemmon

With affiliated guidance from:

Dr. Hadjixenofontos
High Performance Computing
Joel Zysman
Dr. Tsinoremas, Director CCS
Prof. Sutcliffe, Chair Computer Science
Julie Garcia, Project Administration and Manager CSC
Evelyn Cruz, Senior Manager CCS

Sponsored by the National Science Foundation

The NSF has set up the REU program in order to involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs so as to attract talented students into careers in science and engineering.

The full title of this program is REU Site: Scientific Computing for Structure in Big or Complex Datasets and it is NSF grant CNS-1659144. The REU program is described in program solicitation NSF 13-542, Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU).