DePaul REU  2005

What Students are Saying

 

 

I have learned much about the applications of image compression in terms of image segmentation. I have also learned how to write reports and give presentations since we have done that from the beginning.   

 

The REU program is fun and very educational. I enjoy the work on the medical images as well as the trips to the museums. 

 

The program has definitely kept me entertained. I enjoy working with the people and getting a chance to become immersed into different problems and areas I haven't been in before. I do enjoy it.

 

My partner and I basically are side by side throughout the whole implementation process. It's a variation of Extreme Programming I suppose. It works well for us since we're always bouncing ideas off of each other and we're usually able to catch each other from missing obvious problems

 

Dr Furst has given us some pretty great insight. My partner and I usually think up a possible answer to a problem and before we implement it we talk to Dr Furst about it and get his take on it. Some of the great advice he has given us is to keep in mind that there is a point in which you want to stop trying routes that are basically leading you blindly and potentially to a dead end.

 

I have greatly improved my ability to work with a partner, as well as improve my coding abilities (especially Matlab) and formal logic.

 

I have learned much about what graduate research is like. I feel much more comfortable with my upcoming thesis work and with a career in academia. I enjoy the conversations I have with Lucia about her experiences in grad school and after. Daniela gave us a lot of information about what one can do with a graduate degree and Jacob gave a talk about getting published and research papers in general. I have also learned a lot about the value of having someone to bounce ideas off of. Lindsay was stuck on an algorithm about wavelets and we spent about 3 and a half hour one afternoon on a white board figuring it out. 

 

I have learned about specific things like the state of the field, how you can apply wavelets to image processing, and how to segment images. The most valuable thing I have learned is just what the research experience can be like.

 

I have always wanted to attend grad school and I still plan to.  Now I have a better idea of where to look, how to apply, and what to expect.

 

Our project was quite successful.  We ended up getting pretty great results as well as 2 potential publications.

 

I was previously uninterested, but I am now considering graduate school or future researching.

 

I think that after participating in the DePaul REU program I will be seriously considering attending graduate school.

 

I have learned specifics in the areas of image processing and medical imaging, but also some general information that will help me with my graduate and academic career.  I was very impressed with the amount of education that was provided in terms of what grad school is like, what you need to do to get in, what being a professor is like, the difference between academia and industry, getting published, and the significance of publication.

 

Before the program, I was far more interested in teaching and continuing my education than actually doing research, but I have grown to enjoy the process.  I am more confident about a career in academia now.

 

It was a great example of real world computer science application, instead of pointless "Hello, World" programming.

 

I have been able to see it's practical applications to the world, as well as see it wide basis in research.

 

I have toned my skills at researching and being able to write technical papers, as well as giving presentations.