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VACCINE, Visual Analytics for Command, Control and Interoperability Environments, Summer Research Pr

September 17, 2010

During the summer of 2010, VACCINE hosted ten Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) students at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN.  These students were from Jackson State University in Mississippi, the University of Minnesota Twin Cities in Minnesota, South Carolina State University in South Carolina, and Purdue University in Indiana.  During the program, the students got to participate in paid, interactive research working with graduate student mentors and faculty advisors.  They attended weekly seminars that reviewed topic areas such as; graduate school attendance, professional development, and research methodology.   The students also got to participate in social activities like canoeing, a soccer league, tours on campus, and panel discussions.  The program culminated in a two day research symposium where students had the opportunity to prepare a poster or give an oral presentation summarizing their research project.  Students, advisors and mentors attended an end-of-summer banquet where awards were presented. 

The overall SURF 2010 program held at Purdue University involved 170 students doing research across campus. VACCINE is pleased to have two of its SURF students recognized in the top ten poster displays, as well as the honor of having a mentor of the year.  Vishal Gala won for a poster about his work on the COE Explorer, an interactive visualization tool that helps with understanding the people and project relationships within the Department of Homeland Security Network.   Vishal’s advisor was Niklas Elmqvist and his graduate student mentor was Sohaib Ghani.  Shiriphani Palakodety also won with his poster about 3D Path Visualization Techniques for Emergency Response and Training while working with advisor, David Ebert, and mentor, SungYe Kim.  In addition, SungYe Kim, a graduate student and mentor to the SURF students, was selected for the award of SURF Mentor of the Year.  She was one of three graduate mentors selected for this award out of 130 student mentors.  Mentors were nominated for recognition by the undergraduate students.  The mentors were then evaluated on their guidance, availability to the students, passion and enthusiasm for research, and motivation.

Several of this year’s SURF students will continue their work with VACCINE throughout the 2010/2011 school year.VACCINE welcomes undergraduate students interested in visual analytics researchto apply to the SURF 2011 program. 

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