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Research Experience for Undergraduates Programs

(ALgorithm ADaptation, Dissemination and INtegration)

Brief description: Researching novel and important interactions between algorithmic theory and practice, the ALADDIN Center PROBEs (PROBlem-oriented Explorations) are of great interest and quite accessible to students. Many of these projects lend themselves naturally to undergraduate research. The ALADDIN Center supports undergraduate students during the summer working in teams with graduate students and guided by ALADDIN faculty, on a variety research projects.

REU logistics: The first month is spent exploring the literature and becoming familiar with the topic. During the second and third months, the students formulate the main questions, embark on the research, and implement code, then write up and present the results. All participants meet weekly to discuss their research progress, problems, and successes. At the end of the summer, a mini-symposium is held in which each student presents their work in a moderated session and has the results published on the ALADDIN web site.
Students are provided a stipend and shared office with borrowed computer. (Students are responsible for their own room and board as well as any travel expenses to and from Carnegie Mellon University.)

Schedule: Summer 2004 and Summer 2005 (anticipated).

Number of undergraduate positions: Approximately 8/summer. (Students mostly come from Carnegie Mellon, occasionally from other campuses.)

Supported by: NSF REU supplements to the main ALADDIN Center grant as well as the main ALADDIN grant. (NB. The NSF REU supplement requires US citizenship or permanent resident status and that the student has not graduated prior to the REU.)

More information: See the ALADDIN REU web site:

Contacts: For students: Susan Hrishenko. For faculty: Guy Blelloch, Lenore Blum


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