CS Summer Program Trains Students for Research Careers
|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.”
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.”