REU: Computing for Structure

REU 2019: Courtney, Giulia, Juliana, Angela, Nicholas, Alexis, Azhar, Gregory, Chris, Victor

Project News

Project Summary

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. The program ran from Sunday, May 19 to Sundary, July 28, 2019 with the following REU student researchers:

Joining us for the poster session were two young researchers from Prof. Milenkovic's REU Supplement NSF grant,

The REU experience concluded with a poster presentation and closing ceremonies, on Friday, July 26, 2019. This presentation was held at Schoninger Quadrangle on the UM Medical School campus, in coordination with the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program (SURF).

There was a judged competition for the top three posters:

The P.I. for the REU is Prof. Rosenberg of the Computer Science Department, but the real work went to the many mentors, listed as co-authors of the student presentations. These mentors were drawn from across the university, and volunteered to mentor the participants.

REU Program

Sunday, 19 May
Housing Opens
Monday, 20 May
Boot camp begins, 9:30am at Ungar 330.
Monday, 27 May
Memorial Day!
Wednesday, 29 May
Afternoon: Meet the Mentors
Thursday, 30 May
Research program with mentor begins
Tuesdays, 4 June–9 July
Mentor Seminars, 3:30pm–5:00pm Ungar 330.
Wednesdays, 5 June–TBA
Workshops in Computation / Career Development, 9:30am–12:00pm Ungar 330.
Friday, July 26
Poster Presentation in the Atrium of Cox Science / Program closes
Sunday, 28 July
Housing Closes
The Welcome Page gives information about places to go and restaurants; as well as the todo list for program onboard.
The recruitment page is archived.
There is our Calendar

Boot Camp:

The Boot Camp Morning Sessions are 9:30am – 12:00pm and the afternoon sessions are 1:30pm – 4:00pm. Both sessions are at the Computer Science computer lab, on the 3ird floor of the Ungar Building. See my github for the templates. The tentative plan of study:

Week 1:

Week 2:

Special Continuation:

Wednesday, 29 May
Prof. Donald Olson, RSMAS, Climate Forecasting Problem 9:30am–1:00pm;
Wednesday, 5 June
Prof. Donald Olson, RSMAS, Modeling Life and Evolution 9:30am–1:00pm;
Wednesday, 12 June
Prof. Rosenberg, Python Workshop 9:30am–1:00pm;
Wednesday, 19 June
Prof. Rosenberg, GPU/Cuda Workshop 9:30am–1:00pm;
Wednesday, 26 June
Prof. Rosenberg, GPU/Cuda Workshop (Part 2) 9:30am–1:00pm;

Mentors Seminars

A series of afternoon lectures devoted to an overview of specific research topics, relevant to the REU theme, by mentors. On Tuesdays at 3:30pm—5:00pm, in Ungar 300.

4 June
Prof. Orland Acevedo, Chemistry. Chemistry and Computation
11 June
Prof. Odelia Schwartz, Computer Science. Learning and Computation
18 June
Prof. Uddin, Psychology.
25 June
Prof. Mitsu Ogihara, Computer Science. Humanities and Computation
2 July
Prof. Daniel Messinger and Prof. Laura Vitale, Psychology.
9 July
Prof. Vance Lemon
16 July
Prof. Milenkovic

Professional Development Workshop

In coordination with SURF, Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, a series of weekly workshops to help new scientist develop in their field and understand their future options. Generally Friday, with exceptions underlined.

Friday, 31 May
Reading and Critiquing Scientific Literature, OGPS Panel.
― SCCC 1301, 12:00pm–1:30pm.
Friday, 7 June
Graduate and Medical School Opportunities,
― RMSB 6018, 12:00pm–2:00pm.
Thursday, 13 June
Advice and Lessons from my Career Trajectory, Dean Guillermo Prado
― RMSB 1121-B, 12:00pm–1:30pm.
Friday, 21 June
Diversity and Inclusion in the Sciences, Dr. Symes,
― SCCC 1301, 12:00pm–1:30pm.
Friday, 28 June
Transitioning to an Independent Academic Career, Dr. Rai,
― SCCC 1301, 12:00pm–1:30pm.
Monday, 1 July
Scientific Ethics and Misconduct, Dr. Salas,
― RMSB 1121-B, 12:00pm–1:30pm.
Tuesday, 2 July
Tips for an Effective Research Presentation, Dr. Emre Dikici.
― RMSB 1121-B, 12:00pm–1:30pm.
Thursday, 11 July
Destination - Passion. My road to a Career in Academia. Dr Sophia George,
RMSB 1121-B SCCC 1301, 12:00pm–1:00pm.
Friday, 19 July
Research Outside of Academia: Industry, Dr. Head and David Robbins.
― SCCC 1301, 12:00pm–1:30pm.
Friday, 26 July
REU/SURF Poster Session.
― 9:00am–3:00pm TBA

Room Locations:

SCCC 1301
Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center 1475 NW 12th Avenue, 33136
RMSB 6018
Rosensteil Medical Science Building, 1600 NW 10th Avenue, 33136
RMSB 1121-B
Rosensteil Medical Science Building, 1600 NW 10th Avenue, 33136 (1st Floor)


Computational Chemistry
Prof Acevado
Digital Humanities
Prof Mitsunori Ogihara
Miami Project to Cure Paralysis
Prof Lemmon
Prof Wang
Neural Networks
Prof Schwartz
Luis Gonzales
Prof Uddin
Jason Naomi
Prof Messinger
Laura Vitale
Prof Milenkovic

With help and guidance from:

The SURF Program at the Miller School of Medicine
Priyamvada Rai, Ph.D., Director of SURF
Sarah Sandiford
Santos Cayetano
Theresa Votolato
Rositsa Kalinova
Center for Computational Science
Dr. Tsinoremas, Director CCS
Joel Zysman, Director of Advanced Computing at CCS
Kalan Dawson
Pedro Davila
Department of Computer Science
Prof. Sutcliffe, Chair Computer Science
Prof. Huseyin Kocak
Prof. Basar Koc, Stetson University
Julie Garcia, Project Administration and Manager CSC
Poster Judges
Batya Elbaum, Department of Teaching and Learning, Department of Psychology
Salome Kornfeld, Department of Psychology
Lynn Perry, Department of Psychology
Yudong Tao
Stefan Wuchty, Computer Science
Office of Research
Tracy Ehrlich
Norma Cajina

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.

Support for the program REU Site: Scientific Computing for Structure in Big or Complex Datasets is by the NSF grant CNS-1659144, program solicitation NSF 13-542, Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU).

Prof. Milenkovic's REU Supplement was funded by NSF grant CCF-1526335.