REU: Computing for Structure

Participate in a summer research experience focusing on the discovery and visualization of structure in large datasets.

The ten week program runs from May 22 to July 28 at the Department of Computer Science and the Center for Computational Science at the University of Miami.

Applications are open now. Please email Two essays, transcript and a name of a reference will be required.

Visualization of paths of
Hurricane Sandy, Mentor Mirzargar

Mentored Projects

Computation is becoming increasingly important for finding structure in large-scale complex scientific data. The Department of Computer Science (CSC) in partnership with the Center for Computational Science (CCS) and other departments according to the specific project, will provide NSF sponsored summer research experiences (REU) in this focus area.

The heart of an NSF REU is the mentored research experience. You will work on authentic research projects in close collaboration with a UM researcher. The following projects are proposed:

For a full description of each project, see the current Computing For Structure Projects document.

Neural net for visual system
feature detection. Mentor Schwartz.

A Program of Exploration

Training, mentorship, presentation, and peer engagement are all key elements of this project to assist or encourage you to become a research scientist. The program includes:

Also planned are meetups and social activities among your peers in the program and a companion REU at the Department of Chemistry.

Mentor Uddin and her research group
around the mock FMRI scanner.

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.

Students in this REU program are offered:

Students might familiarize themselves with the NSF REU and other REU sites by visiting the NSF REU Information For Students web page. All applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents.

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).

The Science Quadrangle Fountain
with umbrellas for sunny days

How to apply

Selection of students is based on relative GPA and the applicant must submit two essays. In one essay the student can introduce herself or himself. We encourage biographic sketches, or statements of aspirational models. In the second essay, the applicant should focus on her or his expectations for the summer program.

We will take a holistic approach in selection but evidence of academic promise and conscientious writing will be heavily considered. Although targeted to students in the first and second year of undergraduate studies, the project is flexible as to the undergraduate year of the applicant.

All applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents, and must be an enrolled undergraduate during the REU summer.

Apply online:

  1. Prepare your essays, and essay summary, the name and email of a reference, and know your GPA.
  2. Fill out the online registration form
  3. Email your essays to
  4. Email a scan of your transcripts to
  5. We will email your reference for a brief statement.

Please email Prof. Rosenberg,, for more information.

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