Data Intensive Scientific Computing REU Summer 2016

The 2016 Summer DISC REU students learned how to use high performance computing and big data technologies to enable new discoveries in computer science, physics, and biology. The students spent 10 weeks working collaboratively with expert mentors on grand challenge problems, like discovering new galaxies in digital imagery, discovering new fundamental particles, using gene sequencing to understand disease, and predicting the effect of new drugs using computational modeling, at Notre Dame. To do this, we harnessed large scale computing clusters and big data systems composed of hundreds or thousands of machines, all working together in concert. To make advances in these areas, our goal is to train the next generation of scholars to be adept in both scientific domains and advanced computing techniques.

Participant Summaries

Brian Bishop

Sophomore

Brian Bishop

Majors: PharmD and Computer Science
University of Rhode Island

Identifying Copy Number Variations in Plasmodium falciparum
Poster | Research Video

 
Lydia Brothers

Senior

Lydia Brothers

Majors: Physics and Computer Science
University of Kentucky

Scalability Testing for a Data Intensive Molecular Dynamics Application (AWE-WQ) using Work Queue Poster | Research Video

 
Darien Calicott

Junior

Darien Calicott

Major: Computer Science
Northeastern State University

Face Landmarking: Comparative Analysis
Poster | Research Video

 
Dominic Critchlow

Junior

Dominic Critchlow

Majors: Physics and Computer Science
Austin Peay State University

Dynamic Network Alignment
Poster | Research Video

 
Matthew Drnevich

Freshman

Matthew Drnevich

Majors: Physics and Honors Math
University of Notre Dame

Using Deep Neural Networks to Analyze Collisions in High Energy Physics
Poster | Research Video

 
Travis Hodge

Junior

Travis Hodge

Majors: Physics and Computer Science
Austin Peay State University

Analysis and Stellar Label Approximations of Carbon-Enhanced Metal Poor Stars
Poster | Research Video

 
Kathryn Levitan

Sophomore

Kathryn Levitan

Major: Animal Science
University of Kentucky

Coupled Hydrologic and Biochemical Modeling of Lake Regions
Poster | Research Video

 
Matthew Link

Junior

Matthew Link

Majors: Mathematics and Physics
Calvin College

Using a High-performance, Column-store Database for Particle Physics Analysis
Poster | Research Video

 
Pamela Perkins

Junior

Pamela Perkins

Major: Computer Information Systems
Huston-Tillotson University

100Gb Network Analysis: for High Energy Physics
Poster | Research Video

 
Ian Turk

Junior

Ian Turk

Major: Computer Science
University of Wisconsin Eau Claire

Visual Analysis of IEEE VAST Challenge 2016 Data
Poster | Research Video

 
Amber Ward

Senior

Amber Ward

Major: Physics
Cameron University

Modeling the Light Curve of a Type IIp SuperNova
Poster | Research Video

 
Anna Yannakopoulos

Junior

Anna Yannakopoulos

Major: Computational Science
Florida State University

Dynamic ELK Stack Monitoring for Lobster
Poster | Research Video

 

REU Research Videos

   

Project Posters Poster Session Abstract Booklet

REU Photos

 

The DISC REU summer program is made possible by the U.S. National Science Foundation under grant CNS-1560363.

 

 

 

We invite outstanding undergraduates to apply for summer research positions in Data Intensive Scientific Computing (DISC) at the University of Notre Dame.

Students in the DISC REU program will learn how to use high performance computing and big data technologies to enable new discoveries in computer science, physics, and biology. We work on grand challenge problems, like discovering new galaxies in digital imagery, discovering new fundamental particles, using gene sequencing to understand disease, predicting the effect of new drugs using computational modeling, and many more.   To do this, we harness large scale computing clusters and big data systems composed of hundreds or thousands of machines, all working together in concert.  To make advances in these areas, our goal is to train the next generation of scholars to be adept in both scientific domains and advanced computing techniques.

 Who Should Apply

  • US citizens and permanent residents majoring in computer science, physics, or biology (and closely related fields) are eligible to apply.
  • All applicants should have some programming experience and some exposure to the physical sciences.
  • Students with minors or double majors across two or three of the topical areas are encouraged to apply.
  • Women and minorities that are under-represented in the sciences are especially encouraged to apply.

Important Dates

  • Monday, February 15th, 2016 - Applications received by this date will be given first consideration.
  • Early March, 2016 - Notification of acceptance will be made.
  • Monday, May 23rd, 2016 - Move into campus housing
  • Tuesday, May 24th, 2016 - REU program begins
  • Saturday, July 30th, 2016 - REU program ends.

How to Apply

  1. Look at the available research projects, and pick 3-5 that interest you the most.
  2. Fill out the online application.
  3. Arrange for two letters of reference to be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before February 15th, 2016.

Housing, Stipend, and Travel

The REU program will provide on-campus housing in double rooms with air conditioning.  Students will be paid a stipend of $500/week to cover meals and other living expenses.  A travel allowance will be offered to defray the costs of driving, train tickets, or air travel to and from Notre Dame.  Participants will be issued a Notre Dame ID which will give access to campus resources such as the library, athletic facilities, and so forth.

If you wish to drive to campus, Notre Dame is easily reached from I-80/90 about 90 minutes east of Chicago.  However, a car is not required: if you arrive by plane, train, or bus, we can arrange pick up and drop off.

Summer at Notre Dame

Students in the REU program will be embedded into a research group and work closely with their faculty mentor throughout the summer.  All REU participants will meet together several times a week to learn about scientific computing research at Notre Dame, receive training on technical topics, and learn about graduate school and research careers.  Social events and an outing to Chicago will be arranged.

The Notre Dame campus is a wonderful place to live during the summer. The campus is full of students in summer courses and athletic programs. The city of South Bend offers museums and cultural activities, outdoor concerts and festivals, and a variety of parks and natural areas along the St. Joseph River. Beyond the city, the South Shore Railway provides transportation to Lake Michigan and Indiana Dunes National Lakesure, and downtown Chicago, with easy access to museums, parks, and restaurants. 

For More Information

Please contact:

Kallie O'Connell
123 Information Technology Center
Notre Dame, Indiana, 46556
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