networks of colleagues and acquaintances that will let them gain knowledge about the variety of career short-term steps that are available. It also
provides important insights into their
social roles within their peer groups of
potential researchers. This is an initiation into the process that will accelerate in graduate school.
E. Training for understanding the
research of others. This involves having the ability to obtain the necessary
background to understand research
papers, knowing what is needed to be
known about those prior research activities, framing the correct questions
to ask accomplished researchers, making connections between the research
of others and one’s own, accepting
guidance from peers, graduate students, mentoring professors, and distinguished researchers.
F. Training for converting mathematical reasoning into implementable
code. This is an important computational skill; the situation presents additional challenges when the mathematics is vague and unspecific in its
formulation, and needs additional
simplifications or boundary conditions to be implementable. Images and
videos in computer vision are always
helpful in this context, because they
help to provide insight.
G.Developing persistence. This
skill, possibly the most important for
research and novel developments,
is expected to be built around many
successive failures, but with mentored patience, calm deliberation,
and the search for clarity about what
is not working.
H.Building presentation confi-
dence—delivery. UGRs should feel
available), it is the channel that gives
us capacity for all our activities. We
use the first two weeks to train UGRs
in background material and then
have a week of sufficient deliberation
for topic selection, and the following
nine weeks are for the UGR to conduct
research. In contrast to our 12 weeks,
many sites offer REU summers to stu-
dents for as low as 8 weeks.
Immerse the UGR within the graduate students’ lab. Experiencing work
in a research laboratory environment
with graduate students, has innumerable benefits; the undergraduates see
in so many ways the metamorphosis
from their current stage to more experienced researcher. We could not have
accomplished our goals each year without a large, successful computer vision
Ph.D. program. The Ph.D. program offers a scaffolding for the summer REU.
We shower the REU students with
guidance and caring. Like helicopter
parents, we keep the undergraduates
feeling attended to, valued, and consequently focused. We expend large
amounts of effort each year on our REU
activities, and this appears to give each
participant so much to take away to the
next step of their journey in life.
What we wish our activities will deliver. Our activities during the summer and
beyond are intended to provide the UGR
with the following quality experiences.
A.Logistics (payments, housing,
travel to/from the site, transportation
for various events). We need to ensure everything happens seamlessly,
smoothly, and in a timely manner,
causing the least amount of stress and
distress to the student.
B. Meeting senior people on the
same journey, but quite advanced.
UGRs need to meet fully matured
researchers who have followed successful career pathways. This must
give the UGR the concepts of the possible and achievable levels of success,
and the amount of efforts required to
C. Meeting those who are just a
little more senior. This escalator
through different levels of metamorphosis from young undergraduates into young researchers gives the
UGRs the sense of what their next
short-term steps need to be.
D.Meeting peers. These relationships will assist the students to build
We could not
our goals each year
without a large,
vision Ph.D. program.
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