The Summer 1995 REU Program

The SDSC Summer 1995 Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program is bringing five undergraduates to SDSC from June 19 to August 25 to conduct research projects supervised by SDSC researchers. The five participants were selected from 400 applicants based on their breadth of scientific interest and solid academic standing.

* Sean Adrean of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), is working with UCSD chemistry professor Betsy Komives and SDSC computational chemist Kim Baldridge on a protein biochemistry project.

* Danielle Boyd of Valparaiso University (Indiana) is a former SDSC Science Scholar who is working with UCSD Applied Physics and Mathematics professor Bernie Jackson and SDSC senior staff scientist Mike Bailey on an astrophysics visualization project.

* Roman Ginis of the University of Rhode Island is working with SDSC staff programmer/analyst Dave Nadeau on enhancements to the Virtual Reality Modeling Language (VRML).

* Andrew Ross of Harvey Mudd College (Claremont, California) is working with Harvey Mudd mathematics professor Arthur Benjamin and SDSC senior staff scientist Bob Leary on a simulation of stochastic processes.

* Lisa Spievak of Claremont McKenna College (Pomona, California) is working with Leary on parallelizing an atomic cluster energy minimization code.

The REU program at SDSC is a national educational program funded by the National Science Foundation to introduce undergraduate juniors and seniors to computational science and to prepare them for graduate studies. REU participants conduct research projects supervised by SDSC researchers and university faculty from their home institutions. Research projects are selected from the range of disciplines that comprise computational science.

For more information, contact Bob Leary,, 619-534-5123; Mike Bailey,, 619-534-5142; or see