Virtual BigDataX: from theory to practice in Big Data computing at eXtreme scales
REU: Research Experience for Undergraduate students Program 
Summer 2021: May 24th 2021 -- July 30th 2021
at Illinois Institute of Technology & University of Chicago in Chicago Illinois

The BigDataX program is a Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) site in 
Chicago Illinois. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to run the BigDataX
completely online for the summer 2021. The program has five mentors at two institutions, 
the Illinois Institute of Technology and University of Chicago, with a variety of 
complementing expertise from theory to programming languages distributed systems, 
and databases; more information on potential projects can be found 
http://datasys.cs.iit.edu/grants/BigDataX/2021/index.html#Projects. More 
information can be found at the general BigDataX site at 
http://datasys.cs.iit.edu/grants/BigDataX/index.html. For more details about the 
summer activities, see the BigDataX Overview at 
http://datasys.cs.iit.edu/grants/BigDataX/bigdatax.pdf. To apply to the program, 
see the online application (deadline March 1st, 2021) at 
For eligibility requirements, see 
For more information, send email to bigdatax-group@iit.edu.

REU Mentors:
* Ioan Raicu (IIT) 
* Kyle Hale (IIT)
* Aaron J. Elmore (UChicago) 
* Kyle Chard (UChicago) 

Project Areas:
* Big Data Systems
* Data Management and Analytics
* Operating Systems and Computer Architecture
* Databases

Eligibility Requirements:
* Undergraduate student in Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering, or 
  related discipline at a US institution
* US citizen or permanent resident on or before May 24th, 2021
* Minimum GPA 3.0
* 2 recommendation forms (must be received by March 8th, 2021; 
recommendations will be requested directly from recommenders after your application is submitted)

Important Dates:
* Application deadline: March 1st, 2021
* Recommendation forms deadline: March 8th, 2021
* Notification of decision: March 23rd, 2021
* Program starts: May 24th, 2021
* Program ends: July 30th, 2021

Program Highlights:
* Spend 10 weeks immersed in research on Big Data at either Illinois Institute of Technology 
  or University of Chicago through our virtual summer program
* Work on large scale distributed systems (e.g. Amazon AWS Cloud, Chameleon Cloud, XSEDE Grid, 
  Theta Supercomputer, Mystic)
* Prepare for graduate school
* Publish papers and attend international conferences
* Finances (per summer):
	* $6000 stipend (taxable as income)
	* $1000 travel funds to attend conference (e.g. IEEE/ACM Supercomputing/SC 2021)

Online Application:
To apply to the program, please submit your complete online application by the 
March 1st 2021 deadline at 
For any questions, please send email to bigdatax-group@iit.edu.