[BigDataX] some logistics

Ioan Raicu iraicu at cs.iit.edu
Mon Jun 15 01:38:35 CDT 2015

Hi REU students,
Tomorrow is the first day of the BigDataX REU program, and you will be 
starting at 10AM at Illinois Institute of Technology, in Stuart Building 
room 113 (http://datasys.cs.iit.edu/contact/index.html).

Tomorrow, you will be going to lunch as a group on the IIT campus. The 
lunch will be paid by one of the mentors going with you. The plan is to 
go to another group lunch on Wednesday (the first day at UChicago), and 
one of the mentors will pay for the group lunch. The rest of the days, 
you are free to make your own plans for lunch in between the activities 
we have planned.

Justin, Gruia, our funds we have can be used for the 9 BigDataX 
students, and the mentors. If other students attend the lunch, please 
tell them that they need to cover their own lunch. I will tell all the 
other students about this policy, so it should not be a surprise.

Also, regarding office space at IIT, we have enough space for everyone, 
even if you will only be at IIT occasionally. Since I am not around 
Monday and Tuesday, and we have SB113 reserved from 9AM-5PM, please hang 
out in this room for both days. Justin will be working to get you office 
space at UChicago and hopefully will have this worked out until 
Wednesday when we attend sessions there. And Friday (the first day you 
will be back at IIT when I am around), I can show each of you your 
office/desk where you can work when you will be at IIT, and I'll get 
everyone keys to the lab.

I wish everyone a productive first two days to the program, and I will 
see everyone on Wednesday once I get back from my trip.


Ioan Raicu, Ph.D.
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