**Undergraduate Research Experience (BURE)**
Welcome to the program! We are thrilled to have you all participate in an
undergraduate research project this summer, and hope that it is a rewarding and
This page collects information about the people running BURE this summer, and
planned BURE events and enrichment activities. We will coordinate through the
BURE slack ().
**All events are open to all undergraduate researchers in Cornell Bowers CIS,
whether or not your research is funded through BURE.** If you would like to be
part of these activities, please contact the BURE team ().
The primary contacts for BURE 2023 are:
* [Rebecca Dillon](mailto:email@example.com) (Program Administrator)
* [Justin Hsu](mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org) (Faculty Organizer)
We have a great team of graduate students helping us run BURE this year:
* [Khonzoda Umarova](mailto:email@example.com)
* [Matt Eichhorn](mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org)
* [Laura Greenstreet](mailto:email@example.com)
* [Nomi Ringach](mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org)
* [Rebecca Hicke](mailto:email@example.com)
* [Goktug Saatcioglu](mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org) (NYC)
There will be flex space in **Rhodes 117**, which can be accessed by all Cornell
Bowers CIS students with a card swipe. Please keep in mind:
- These desks **cannot be reserved**. Please do not leave anything in the room.
- This space is a **quiet working environment**. Please use other spaces on campus
for Zoom calls, research conversations, and social activities.
- Please help us **keep this space clean**!
We are organizing all BURE events to be in-person in Ithaca. We plan to make
most events virtually accessible to students at Cornell Tech.
The main activity in BURE is research supervised by your mentor. We also have
the following expectations for all BURE students:
- **Not take other jobs concurrently.** BURE is a **full-time** employed position.
- **Attend the regular BURE events.** These activities supplement your
research experience with time to learn general research skills, and
discuss with other students.
- **Participate in the symposium at the end of the summer.** This will involve
giving a talk and/or presenting a poster.
- **Fill out progress reports.** At the middle and at the end of the summer.
(#) BURE EVENTS AND ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES
(##) KICKOFF EVENT
The kickoff event will be **June 5, 2023 at 2 PM** in Gates G01. We'll do some
quick remarks and introductions, and then have a social where you can meet other
(##) SUMMER RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM
To wrap up the summer, we'll hold a BURE Symposium, tentatively scheduled for
**August 11, 2023 at 12 PM** in Gates G01. We'll run a panel with graduate
students and faculty, and then a symposium where you can give a short talk about
your research, and hear about what other students have been up to this summer.
(##) RESEARCH PRACTICES AND ACADEMIC CULTURE SEMINAR
Every **Monday from 12:30-2:00 PM** in Gates G01, we will have a seminar on
research practices and academic culture. This will be a classroom-style
activity, with plenty of time for interactive discussions. We will be adapting
the excellent course materials from Harvard's class for first-year graduate
students (CS 290), developed by [Yaniv Yacoby](https://yanivyacoby.github.io/)
and others; course materials can be found
Date | Topic | Facilitator
June 12 | Communication in Collaborative Environments (Verbal) | Nomi + Justin
June 19 | NO CLASS | NO CLASS
June 26 | How to Skim a Research Paper | Khonzoda
July 3 | NO CLASS | NO CLASS
July 10 | How to Do a Literature Search | Khonzoda + Nomi
July 17 | Mental Health in Research | Khonzoda + Nomi
July 24 | PhD Life and Grad School Applications | Khonzoda + Nomi
July 31 | Communication with General Audiences (Part 1) | Nomi
August 7 | Communication with General Audiences (Part 2) | Khonzoda + Justin
(##) SUMMER TALK SERIES
Every **Wednesday from 12:30-2:00 PM** in Gates G01, a faculty member will give
a research-related talk. **Lunch is provided** starting at 12:30 PM, the talk
begins at **1:00 PM**.
Date | Title | Speaker
June 7 | Programmable Long-Haul Optical Networks | [Rachee Singh](https://www.racheesingh.com/)
June 14 | High-Performance Computing Meets Sparse Matrices and Biology | [Giulia Guidi](https://giuliaguidi.github.io/)
June 21 | Does ChatGPT Think About Numbers and Sets Like We Do? | [Kevin Ellis](https://www.cs.cornell.edu/~ellisk/)
June 28 | Misinformation and Hate Speech in Low-Income Communities | [Aditya Vashistha](https://www.adityavashistha.com/)
July 5 | NO TALK | NO TALK
July 12 | Why care about old computers? Or, what is the history of technology the history of? | [Gili Vidan](https://infosci.cornell.edu/content/vidan)
July 19 | From Bells of Frost to Opinion’s Cost: The Many Applications of Eigenvalues | [David Bindel](https://www.cs.cornell.edu/~bindel/)
July 26 | New Problems at the Intersection of Graphics, Vision, and HCI | [Abe Davis](http://abedavis.com/)
August 2 | The Intersection of Numerical Linear Algebra and Computational Quantum Chemistry | [Anil Damle](https://www.cs.cornell.edu/~damle/)
August 9 | Racial Disparities in Automated Speech Recognition | [Allison Koenecke](https://koenecke.infosci.cornell.edu/)
(##) MENTORING SOCIALS
Every **Friday from 1:00 PM-3:00 PM**, you'll meet up in small groups for a
mentoring social. Each group will be led by one of our BURE counselors, and
you'll meet up or walk somewhere to talk about how things are going. We'll
coordinate the meetup location on the BURE Slack.
(#) CODE OF CONDUCT
All BURE participants are expected to abide by Cornell's [Student
Code][student-code] and [Research Integrity][res-integrity] policies. In
addition, we expect everyone to follow a basic principle at all events and
related activities, whether digital or in person: **be nice and treat each other
with respect**. For instance, we do not tolerate:
- Behavior that is disruptive, disrespectful, or degrading to others, whether
through messages, images, or personal interactions.
- Harassment or discrimination based on age, ancestry, color, gender identity or
expression, national origin, physical or mental disability, religion, sexual
orientation, or other protected characteristics.
We encourage everyone to help create a welcoming and safe environment. If you
see or experience any concerning behavior, please let us know.
BURE is supported by the Cornell CS department, Cornell Bowers CIS, the Clare
Booth Luce Program, and generous gifts from anonymous donors.