[BigDataX] paid research opportunity at IIT this summer

Ioan Raicu iraicu at cs.iit.edu
Fri Mar 4 11:57:54 CST 2016

Hi CAMRAS Recipients,
I wanted to offer my congratulations to receiving the CAMRAS 
scholarship! It is such a great achievement for you, that you should 
feel proud of yourselves and your accomplishments! Some of you have 
received the University Scholarship, which is an equally impressive 

I want to take this opportunity to let you know about a research program 
we run over the summer at IIT and UChicago (see below). Although most 
student who partake in this program are typically juniors and seniors 
working on their undergrad degree (most at other universities outside 
IIT), I believe you could do very well in such a program! You can 
participate in this program without joining IIT in the fall, as this 
program is completely separate from your decision of where you want to 
study for your bachelor degree. I hope you will look closely at this 
program, and if you are interested, please apply ASAP! The deadline has 
passed, but we are just now starting to review applications. Any 
applications we receive in the next week, we should be able to evaluate 
along with the rest of the applications.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.


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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