Computer Science & Engineering to host Big Data Analytics REU summer program

Computer Science & Engineering will offer a summer research program for undergraduates that focuses on data analysis, a fast-growing field in need of well-qualified individuals for a wide range of careers in the STEM fields.

Sanmay Das

The Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Site program is funded by a three-year, $359,111 grant from the National Science Foundation that begins April 1. The first cohort of 10 students to participate in the eight-week summer program at Washington University in St. Louis will begin this May.

"The data analysis setting is ideal since it crosses a variety of fields, is ripe for industry engagement, which we have incorporated into our program, and gives students a chance to gain expertise in an area that will make them both valuable contributors and highly-sought candidates for graduate study or careers in the STEM fields," said Sanmay Das, associate professor of computer science & engineering in the School of Engineering & Applied Science and principal investigator for the program.

During the program, students will develop research skills in data analysis within computer science as well as an understanding of the research process and what it is like to pursue graduate studies. In addition, they will contribute to the university's efforts to develop new data analytics technologies and apply them in novel domains.

A particular focus for the REU Site will be to target female students and students from colleges with limited research opportunities.

In addition to participating in cutting-edge research with one of 10 CSE faculty mentors, students will also participate in an introductory boot camp, weekly seminars and social events, research skills seminars and an industry speakers symposium. At the end of the program, students will present the results of their research at a symposium.

The REU Site program is in addition to the existing REU program in Computer Science & Engineering, which has been hosting 10-20 students each summer.

The School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis focuses intellectual efforts through a new convergence paradigm and builds on strengths, particularly as applied to medicine and health, energy and environment, entrepreneurship and security. With 88 tenured/tenure-track and 40 additional full-time faculty, 1,300 undergraduate students, more than 900 graduate students and more than 23,000 alumni, we are working to leverage our partnerships with academic and industry partners — across disciplines and across the world — to contribute to solving the greatest global challenges of the 21st century.