This summer, ten students from across the country have traveled to Clemson University to work alongside researchers and tackle “big data” visualization solutions through one of its National Science Foundation-funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates programs.

A group photo of the 2017 VizREU program participants.

A group photo of the 2017 VizREU program participants.
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The program, “REU Site: Undergraduate Research Experience in Collaborative Data Visualization Applications,” is led by Dr. Wole Oyekoya of Clemson Computing and Information Technology’s Cyberinfrastructure Technology Integration group and involves students exploring the significant role data visualization plays in the understanding of data across all disciplines.

“Visualization is increasingly emerging as a critical component in exploring research data. This REU program enables us to work with multiple researchers and faculties across the university due to its cross-disciplinary nature,” said Oyekoya.

The program runs from June 5 to July 28, 2017 and the Clemson community is invited to the students final presentations at the Visualization Symposium on July 28 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Guests for the final presentations are asked to RSVP via this link. Both events are being co-sponsored by the Watt Family Innovation Center and will be held in the Auditorium of the Watt Family Innovation Center.

Also referred to as “VisREU,” the program received over 240 applications from 38 states for this summer’s research experience. This year’s students come from a wide variety of backgrounds – including cybersecurity, digital arts, mathematics, computer engineering, and psychology, and from 10 institutions – including University of Baltimore, Mississippi State University, Stetson University, Elizabeth City State University, University of Texas, Westminster College (Salt Lake City), University of Missouri, Texas A&M University, Seattle Pacific University and Clemson.

Students like Andrew Tompkins of Stetson University learn cutting-edge visualization technology while working with Clemson researchers.

Students like Andrew Tompkins of Stetson University learn cutting-edge visualization technology while working with Clemson researchers.
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During their eight weeks on campus, students will work in REU teams to gain insight into the complex relationships that exist within data and to further their understanding of tools and methods within the practice of data visualization. Each REU Team consists of a research/science collaborator, a visualization mentor and a visualization REU student. Faculty mentors work with students in a wide variety of disciplines – including humanities, education, chemistry, computer science, and beyond.

Students will provide project updates weekly on the REU Visualization website. This marks the third year of the REU program in visualization.

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This material is based upon work supported by the NSF under Grant No. 1359223. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.