[BigDataX] attention all undergrads: BigDataX REU Site in Chicago IL -- applications due 02/29/2015

Ioan Raicu iraicu at cs.iit.edu
Thu Feb 11 12:29:22 CST 2016

Dear Greater-Chicago area colleagues:
I, along with several of my colleagues (Gruia Calinescu [IIT], Mike 
Wilde [UC/ANL], and Justin Wozniak [UC/ANL]) have received a NSF award 
to establish a REU site at IIT/UC on the topic of Big Data, see 
http://datasys.cs.iit.edu/grants/BigDataX/index.html. This will be our 
2nd summer running this program, where we host 8 undergraduate students 
for 10 weeks doing research at IIT or UC. I wanted to reach out to you 
to ask for your help in recruiting bright undergraduate students that 
you might know and think that they might be a good fit for our program. 
We have mentors in a wide range of expertise, from languages, run-time 
systems, storage, to theory, all focused on issues in Big Data at 
extreme scales. If you could forward the announcement below to any 
potentially interested students (no prior research experience required), 
we would greatly appreciate it!

Ioan (on behalf of the BigDataX team)

BigDataX REU Program -- Summer 2016

The BigDataX (from theory to practice in Big Data computing at eXtreme 
scales) is a Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) site in 
Chicago Illinois. The program has four mentors at two institutions, the 
Illinois Institute of Technology and University of Chicago, with a 
variety of complementing expertise from theory to programming languages 
to distributed systems. To apply to the program, see the online 
application at 
(deadline February 29th, 2016).

- Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT): Computer Science & 
Data-Intensive Distributed Systems Laboratory
- UChicago: University of Chicago (UChicago): Computation Institute

Mentors (bigdatax at datasys.cs.iit.edu):
- Ioan Raicu (IIT)
- Gruia Calinescu (IIT)
- Mike Wilde (UChicago)
- Justin Wozniak (UChicago)

- Data-Intensive Computing Applications
- Parallel Programming Systems
- Distributed Storage Systems
- Theory of Big Data

Eligibility Requirements:
- Undergraduate student in Mathematics, Computer Science, or Engineering 
at a US institution
- US citizen or permanent resident on or before May 23rd, 2015
- Minimum GPA 3.3
- 2 letters of recommendation

Important Dates:
- Application deadline: February 29th, 2016
- Letters of recommendation deadline: March 7th, 2016
- Notification of decision: March 21st, 2016
- Program starts: May 23rd, 2016
- Program ends: July 29th, 2016

Program Highlights:
- Spend 10 weeks immersed in research on Big Data at Illinois Institute 
of Technology and University of Chicago
- Prepare for graduate school
- Publish papers and attend international conferences
- Spend the summer in one of the greatest cities in the world, Chicago 

Finances (per summer):
- $5000 stipend
- $600 relocation allowance
- $650 travel funds to attend conference
- Housing included on the IIT campus

Online Application:
To apply to the program, please submit your complete online application 
by the February 29th deadline at 
For any questions, please send email to bigdatax at datasys.cs.iit.edu.

Ioan Raicu, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Computer Science, Illinois Institute of Technology
Guest Research Faculty
Math & Computer Science, Argonne National Laboratory

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