Jetstream is the National Science Foundation’s first production cloud computing system. The goal of Jetstream is to increase access to cloud computing resources to researchers in the long-tail-of-science (including social science and humanities research).
Students will work with Indiana University researchers and staff to do mentored research projects about Jetstream. Potential research topics include efficient utilization of Jetstream for data analytics tasks, minimizing energy consumption via dynamic load balancing, best practices with big data analytics using Jetstream, best practices with compute-intensive humanities projects.
In Summer 2019, Tenecious Underwood, an REU participant, used machine learning and high-performance computing to identify automatic recognition of frog calls. Learn more about his REU experience here.
Students will receive a generous stipend and, if needed, accommodations in one of IU's dorms for the duration of the experience. Most program activities will be conducted on the IU campus (Bloomington, IN); however, we anticipate travel to a conference (travel expenses provided). Program dates are expected to be June 1 - July 30, 2021. Application materials are due March 5, 2021.
Required application materials
- Official university transcripts
- Names and contacts of references
- One or two letters of recommendation are required, and we will request the letters directly from the provided references. Letters of reference may be from faculty members, IT professionals, or employers who can evaluate your potential success, taking into consideration your accomplishments, intellectual prowess, independent work habits, capacity for critical and analytical thinking, and ability to organize and express ideas clearly.
- Personal statement (2 pages maximum) that addresses the following:
- Why do you want to participate in the Jetstream REU program?
- What do you hope to gain from this summer research experience?
- What are your short- and long-term career goals?
- What personal qualities, research, and/or technical skills do you possess that are applicable to this research experience? In particular, comment on experience and/or willingness to learn scripting or programming languages and command line experience (Unix/Linux).