REU: Computing for Structure

An almost group picture: Allison Dusek, Bruno Mochi, Julia Brzac, Ellie Dawson
Not pictured: Abraham Abel Arias, Alicia Bilbao Martinez

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 2022 REU student researchers,

Poster Day

The REU experience concluded with a poster presentation and closing ceremonies, on Friday, July 29, 2022.

Poster presentation in the Cox Science Center lobby, 9:30 am – 12:00 pm, was open to the public with all students presenting in round, and two judges to award a first and second place prize.

Invited Speaker

For this year's event Professor Alberto Cairo of the University of Miami school of communications, expert and evangelist for visualizing data, has agreed to give a one hour talk, by zoom, 1 pm – 2 pm Cox room 145.

Alberto has also generously gifted each participant an autographed copy of his book, How Charts Lie: Getting smarter about visual information, which was presented to the participants during the closing ceremonies.

Poster judging and concluding ceremonies

There was a judged competition for the top two presentations:

The day concluded with presentation of certificates of participation, Cairo's book, additional books and certificates for our two winners, and some farewells.

Left to right: Alicia Bilbao Martinez, Bruno Mochi, Abraham Abel Arias, Allison Dusek, Julia Brzac, Ellie Dawson.

REU Program

Monday, 23 May
Boot camp begins in the Ungar Building Computer Science Laboratory.
Friday, July 29
Virtual Poster Presentation and Project Conclusion.
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 10:00am – 3:00pm Miami time, in Ungar 305.

The workshop Jupyter notebook are on


Special Continuations:

As we plan this years Boot Camp, Special Continuations, and Professional Development Workshops, please visit the last year's page for and idea of what we will plan for this year.

Software Carpentry Workshop:

Poster presentation preparation

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.

☆ Monday, 30 May
Memorial Day
― University Closed
Wednesday, 1 June
Research Ethics and Rigor , Dr. Pedro Salas
― 12:00pm–1:30pm. 3rd floor auditorium
Friday, 3 June
Summer Undergraduate Social Evening, SURF Staff
― 6:00pm–8:00pm. Lakeside Village Quad
― awaiting new date.
Monday, 6 June
Conversation with Leadership, Dr Erin Kobetz
― 12:00pm–1:00pm. RMSB 6018
Tuesday, 7 June
Posbaccalaureate Program, Drs Lemmon, Munson, Lee, Halhotra
― 12:00pm–4:00pm. RMSB 6018
Thursday, 9 June
Conflict Resolution, Dr Ralf Landgraf
― 12:00pm–1:00pm. RMSB 6018
Monday, 13 June
How to pick good mentors, Drs. Brambilla, Weiford, Slepak
― 12:00pm–1:30pm. RMSB 6018
Tuesday, 14 June
Life as a Grad Student, Panel of Graduate Students
― 12:00pm–1:30pm. RMSB 6018
☆ Monday, 20 June
― University Closed
Thursday, 23 June
ODICE, Drs Vega, Gatewood, and team
― 12:00pm–1:30pm. RMSB 6018
Friday, 24 June
Careers in Academic Biotech, Dr Hassan Al-Ali
― 1:00pm–2:30pm. RMSB 6018
Thursday, 30 June
Research Presentation, Dr Sophia George
― 12:00pm–1:00pm. RMSB 6018
Friday, 1 July
Research Presentation, Dr Barrientos
― 12:00pm–1:30pm. RMSB 6018
☆ Monday, 4 July
Independence Day
― University Closed
Thursday, 7 July
Effective Scientific Writing, Dr Adina Sanchez-Garcia
― 3:30pm–5:00pm. Cox 145
Friday, 8 July
Good Interviewing Skills, Drs Dann Liebl and Marie Denise Gervais
― 12:00pm–1:30pm. RMSB 6018
Monday, 11 July
Effective Scientific Presentations, Drs Michael Gaines and Jane Indorf
― 3:30pm–5:00pm. Cox 145
Tuesday, 12 July
Transitioning to an Independent Career, Drs Tuesta, Mahai, Cimmino, Sanghvi
― 12:00pm–1:30pm. RMSB 6018
Friday, 15 July
Research Presentation, Drs Brandon Mahai and Carl Shulman
― 12:00pm–1:30pm. RMSB 6018


Computational Chemistry
Prof. Orlando Acevado
Miami Project to Cure Paralysis
Prof. Vance Lemmon
Prof. Stefan Wuchty
Prof. Zhang Wang
Neural Networks
Prof. Odelia Schwartz
Prof. Daniel Messinger
Laura Vitale
Data Sciences
Prof. Vanessa Aguiar-Pulido
Alexander Claman

With help from:

Department of Computer Science
Prof. Milenkovic, Chair Computer Science
Ms. Ebony Gallagher, Department Manager
Ms. Arce, Department Manager

University of Miami Institute for Data Science and Computing
Dr. Tsinoremas, Director iDSC
Prof. Yelena Yesha, CSC and Area Director iDSC
Pedro Davila

The SURF Program at the Miller School of Medicine
Priyamvada Rai, Ph.D., Director of SURF
Laura Fields, Summer Programs Manager, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

Department of Biology, Office of the Provost
Prof Michael Gaines

Software Carpentry: Scientific Computer @ UM.
Timothy Norris
Cameron Riopelle
Gabriel Odom

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).