[BigDataX] REU BigDataX program notification

Nathan De Graaf nathandegraaf at gmail.com
Mon Apr 4 12:04:18 CDT 2016

Dear Gruia Calinescu,

After reviewing the projects again, I find myself most interested and
excited by the Theory of Big Data project. This project's focus on
algorithms and NP-hard approximations best matches my experiences and
passions. I have taken the undergraduate and graduate level algorithms
courses, which included algorithm analysis and NP-hard approximations. My
participation in ACM-ICPC programming competition has also given me a wide
experience and a passion for algorithm design.

Nathan De Graaf

On Mon, Apr 4, 2016 at 10:48 AM, Gruia Calinescu <calinesc at gauss.cs.iit.edu>

> Nathan,
> Do you have a clear idea what kind of project you would choose
> in the summer? Please take another look at
> http://datasys.cs.iit.edu/grants/BigDataX/2016/index.html
> and, if you have a clear preference, please let us know which one.
> Thanks,
> ************************************************************************
> Gruia Calinescu                                 www.cs.iit.edu/~calinesc
> Associate Professor                       Department of Computer Science
> Illinois Institute of Technology                     Phone: 312-567-5273
> Computer use aggravates my back pain.  Please be patient with my replies
> ************************************************************************
> On Sun, 3 Apr 2016, Nathan De Graaf wrote:
> Greetings!
>> I am still looking forward to participating in the BigDataX REU this
>> summer.
>> I just wanted to check in about the dates and the possibility of starting
>> the week of May 30th. If not, the sooner I know, the easier and cheaper I
>> can change my flights.
>> Thanks,
>> Nathan De Graaf
>> On Tue, Mar 29, 2016 at 12:12 AM, Nathan De Graaf <
>> nathandegraaf at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>>       Offer letter.
>>       On Mar 28, 2016 17:43, "Nathan De Graaf"
>>       <nathandegraaf at gmail.com> wrote:
>>             Dear Ioan,
>> Sorry for the delayed response. I am excited about the
>> opportunity to participate in the BigDataX REU program.
>> I will be competing in the ACM-ICPC world finals in Thailand May
>> 16-20. I am scheduled to spend the following week of May 23rd
>> touring the area. If at all possible, could I start the REU the
>> following week of May 30th? If not, I am prepared to make the
>> appropriate flight changes that would allow me to start the REU
>> on the scheduled date of May 23rd.
>> I would like to accept your offer to participate in the 2016
>> BigDatax REU program; however, it must be noted that although I
>> expect to be able to change my flight, I do not currently have
>> the tickets that allow me to be in the United States on May
>> 23rd.
>> I will send a signed copy of the offer letter later tonight,
>> unless a digital signature is sufficient.
>> I am looking forward to participating in the BigDataX program
>> this summer.
>> Sincerely,
>> Nathan De Graaf
>> On Mon, Mar 28, 2016 at 8:41 AM, Ioan Raicu <iraicu at cs.iit.edu>
>> wrote:
>>       Hi Nathan,
>>       This is just a friendly reminder that we need your
>>       signed offer letter by tonight (Monday, March 28th).
>>       Please let us know if you have any questions.
>>       Cheers,
>>       Ioan
>>       On 3/22/16 4:55 AM, Ioan Raicu wrote:
>>             Dear Nathan:
>>             Congratulations! We are pleased to
>>             inform you that the Selection Committee
>>             has chosen you to be one of selected 8
>>             students to participate in the BigDataX
>>             (From theory to practice in Big Data
>>             computing at eXtreme scales) REU program
>>             at Illinois Institute of Technology and
>>             the University of Chicago during the
>>             summer of 2016. The selection process
>>             was very competitive having an
>>             acceptance rate of 18% for the summer of
>>             2016.
>>             In case you need more information, see
>>             http://datasys.cs.iit.edu/grants/BigDataX/index.html;
>>             you can also contact us at
>>             bigdatax at datasys.cs.iit.edu. Please see
>>             the attached offer letter. Please review
>>             it, and if you accept this summer
>>             research position, please sign this
>>             letter and send it to us by email to
>>             bigdatax at datasys.cs.iit.edu as soon as
>>             possible, but not later than Monday
>>             March 28th, 2016.
>>             Congrats again, and we look forward to
>>             having you in the BigDataX program this
>>             summer!
>>             Regards,
>>             Ioan, Gruia, Justin, Mike, and Kyle
>>             http://datasys.cs.iit.edu/grants/BigDataX/2016/
>>       --
>>       Ioan Raicu, Ph.D.
>>       Assistant Professor
>>       Computer Science, Illinois Institute of Technology
>>       Guest Research Faculty
>>       Math & Computer Science, Argonne National Laboratory
>>       http://www.cs.iit.edu/~iraicu/
>>       http://datasys.cs.iit.edu/
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