CS Summer Program Trains Students for Research Careers
August 16, 2010 | UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS
Participants in the UTEP Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program presented their project results on August 6. Shown above is Peter Kelley, CS student from the State University of New York at Geneseo, presenting his project titled "RNA Secondary Structure Prediction using Heuristic Backtracking Search."
Students from across the nation participated in the UTEP Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program in Applied Intelligent Systems.
The 10-week summer program, which was sponsored by a grant from the National Science Foundation, provided training for students interested in research careers. The program was directed by Dr. Olac Fuentes, Associate Professor of Computer Science and included weekly seminars and myriad opportunities for hands-on research experience.
“The most valuable thing was actually implementing some of these algorithms,” said Peter Kelley, a computer science student from SUNY-Geneseo. “I definitely learned a lot.”
According to Diego Aguirre, a computer science student from UTEP, the program was “extraordinarily useful.”
“We learned the dynamics of research. I now understand how things work. I think that was the most important thing I learned in this program. I hope UTEP keeps doing these kinds of programs because they are very helpful.”