REU: Computing for Structure

Participants and Mentors, during the poster session

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 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.

Our 2021 REU student researchers,

The REU experience concluded with a poster presentation and closing ceremonies, on Friday, July 23, 2021. This presentation was held virtually in coordination with the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program (SURF).

There was a judged competition for the top three presentations:

REU Program

Monday, 17 May
Boot camp begins, 11:00am EST on Zoom.
Tuesday, 18 May
Meet the Mentors, 5:0pm EST on Zoom.
Monday, 24 May
Research program with mentor begins
May 18 – July 13
SURF co-activities. As scheduled.
Monday ,June 7
Pegasus at CCS Workshop
Tuesday–Friday, June 8–10
TACC Workshop (joint with TACC REU)
Tuesday–Friday, June 22–24
Softward Carpentry: Scientific Computing (UM Libraries and CCS)
Thursday, July 22
Virtual Poster Presentation
Friday, July 23
Join REU/SURF Concluding Conference
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.

Boot Camp:

The Boot Camp Morning Sessions are 11:00am – 3:00pm Miami time, and are remote by Zoom. The Zoom link will be posted in Slack shortly before the hour.

See my github for the templates.


Special Continuations:

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.

The Zoom links will be posted in Slack shortly before the hour.

Tuesday, 18 May
Intro to Interdisciplinary Research, Dr. Nagi Ayad
― 1:00pm–2:00pm.
Wednesday, 19 May
Acquisition and Interpretation of Genomic Data, Dr. Aristeidis Telonis
― 1:00pm–2:30pm.
Thursday, 20 May
Acquisition and Interpretation of Genomic Data, Dr. Aristeidis Telonis
― 1:00pm–2:00pm.
Friday, 21 May
UNIX and Bioinformatics Tools, Dr. Aristeidis Telonis
― 1:00pm–2:30pm.
Friday, 28 May
How to Pick an Appropriate Graduate School Mentor, Drs. Larsson, Slepak, Welford, Brambilla.
― 1:00pm–2:30pm.
Friday, 4 June
Life as a Graduate Student, many.
― 1:00pm–2:30pm.
Tuesday, 8 June
Graduate and Medical School Opportunities
― 1:00pm–2:30pm.
Friday, 11 June
Reading and Critiquing Scientific Literature, Drs. Diaz, Maiti
― 1:00pm–2:30pm.
Tuesday, 15 June
Effective Writing, Chelsea Skelly
― 1:00pm–2:30pm.
Thursday, 17 June
Tips for an Effective Research Presentation, Dr Gaines
― 1:00pm–2:30pm.
Friday, 18 June
Diversity and Inclusion in the Sciences, Dr. Symes,
― 1:00pm–2:30pm.
Friday, 25 June
Navigating a Career in Academia, Dean Prado
― 1:00pm–2:30pm.
Thursday, 1 July
Balancing leadeship and academic careers, Dr. Kerry Burnstein.
― 12:00pm–2:00pm.
Tuesday, 6 July
Destination - Passion. My road to a Career in Academia. Dr Sophia George,
― 1:00pm–2:30pm.
Wednesday, 7 July
Scientific Ethics and Misconduct, Dr. Salas.
― 1:00pm–2:30pm.
Thursday, 8 July
Notes from Cancer Center Director, Dr Nimer
― 1:00pm–2:30pm.
Friday, 9 July
Research Outside of Academia: Industry, Dr. Ali
― 1:00pm–2:30pm.
Balancing clinical, research and leadership, Dr Schulman
― 4:00pm–5:00pm.
Tuesday, 13 July
Mental Health Awareness, Dr. Karunaratne
― 1:00pm–2:30pm.
Friday, 23 July
Virtual Research Symposium for SURF
― 8:45am–11:30am.
― 1:00pm–3:30pm.

Concluding Programming:

Virtual Poster Fair. Thursday, July 22.

Joint REU/SURF conference. Friday, July 23.


Computational Chemistry
Prof Acevado
Digital Humanities
Prof Mitsunori Ogihara
Miami Project to Cure Paralysis
Prof Lemmon
Neural Networks
Prof Schwartz
Prof Messinger
Laura Vitale

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

CI Research 4 Change REU
Rosalia Gomez, Univ of Texas at Austin TACC
Charlie Dey, Univ of Texas at Austin TACC
National Science Foundation Award #1852538

Center for Computational Science
Dr. Tsinoremas, Director CCS
Pedro Davila

Software Carpentry: Scientific Computer @ UM.
Timothy Norris
Elizabeth Overstreet
Cameron Riopelle

Department of Computer Science
Prof. Milenkovic, Chair Computer Science
Julie Garcia, Project Administration and Manager CSC

Poster Judges
Victor Milenkovic, Department of Computer Science, UM
Huseyin Kocak, Department of Computer Science, UM
Vanessa Aguiar-Pulido, Department of Computer Science, UM

Office of Research
Tracy Ehrlich
Norma Cajina
Sarah Thompson

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-1949972, program solicitation NSF 13-582, Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU).