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Summer Program



OVERVIEW - Summer 2024


Welcome to the program! We are thrilled to have you all participate in an undergraduate research project this summer, and hope that it is a rewarding and educational experience. Summer 2024 program dates are June 3, 2024 through August 9, 2024.

This page collects information about the people running BURE this summer, and planned BURE events and enrichment activities. 

All events are open to all undergraduate researchers in Cornell Bowers CIS, whether or not your research is funded through BURE. If you would like to be part of these activities, please contact the BURE team (




The primary contacts for BURE 2024 are:

We have a great team of graduate students helping us run BURE this year:




There will be flex space in Rhodes 117, which can be accessed by all Cornell Bowers CIS students with a card swipe. Please keep in mind:

  • These desks cannot be reserved. Please do not leave anything in the room.

  • This space is a quiet working environment. Please use other spaces on campus for Zoom calls, research conversations, and social activities.

  • Please help us keep this space clean!

We are organizing all BURE events to be in-person in Ithaca. We plan to make most events virtually accessible to students at Cornell Tech.




The main activity in BURE is research supervised by your mentor. We also have the following expectations for all BURE students:

  • Not take other jobs concurrently. BURE is a full-time commitment.

  • Attend the regular BURE events. These activities supplement your research experience with time to learn general research skills, and discuss with other students.

  • Participate in the symposium at the end of the summer. This will involve presenting a poster and/or giving a talk.

  • Fill out progress reports. At the middle and at the end of the summer.





During the first week of the program from 10:30am-12pm in Gates G114, we will have a seminar on research practices and academic culture. This will be a classroom-style activity, with plenty of time for interactive discussions. We will be adapting the excellent course materials from Harvard's class for first-year graduate students (CS 290), developed by Yaniv Yacoby and others; course materials can be found here. Recordings of these seminars can be found here (you must login to Box with Cornell credentials).




June 3

     Communication in Collaborative Environments

   Anshuman + Sainyam + Noah

June 4

     Mental Health in Research 

   Anshuman + Sainyam

June 5

     How to Skim a Research Paper

   Anshuman + Sainyam

June 6

     How to Do a Literature Search

   Anshuman + Noah

June 7

     PhD Life and Grad School Applications

   Anshuman + Noah




Every Wednesday from 12:30-2:00 PM in Gates G114, a faculty member will give a research-related talk. Lunch is provided starting at 12:30 PM, the talk begins at 1:00 PM.




June 5

     Adrian Sampson

     Toward Hardware Acceleration for Pangenomes

June 12

     Amy Kuceyeski

     Using AI to Read (and Write in?) the Brain

June 19

     NO TALK

     NO TALK

June 26

     Angelique Taylor

     Human-Robot Teaming in Safety-Critical Environments

July 3

     NO TALK

     NO TALK

July 10

     Sainyam Galhotra

     Towards Goal-aware Responsible Data Science

July 17

     Raaz Dwivedi

    Statistically & Computationally Efficient Algorithms for Personalized Decision-making

July 24

     Bharath Hariharan


July 31

     Eva Tardos


August 7

     Sarah Dean




Every Friday from 2:00 PM-4:00 PM, you'll meet up in small groups for a mentoring social. Each group will be led by one of our BURE graduate students, and you'll meet up or walk somewhere to talk about how things are going. 



To wrap up the summer, we'll hold a BURE Symposium, scheduled for August 9, 2024 from 3-5 PM in Gates G01 and the First Floor Atrium. Ithaca-based students will participate in a poster presentation and our NYC-based students will share pre-recorded talks that we’ll post here.




All BURE participants are expected to abide by Cornell's Student Code and Research Integrity policies. In addition, we expect everyone to follow a basic principle at all events and related activities, whether digital or in person: be nice and treat each other with respect. For instance, we do not tolerate:

  • Behavior that is disruptive, disrespectful, or degrading to others, whether through messages, images, or personal interactions.

  • Harassment or discrimination based on age, ancestry, color, gender identity or expression, national origin, physical or mental disability, religion, sexual orientation, or other protected characteristics.

We encourage everyone to help create a welcoming and safe environment. If you see or experience any concerning behavior, please let us know.




BURE is supported by the Cornell CS department, Cornell Bowers CIS, the Clare Booth Luce Program, various faculty grants, and generous gifts from anonymous donors.