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REU Program

Overview

The Center for Digital Agriculture, AIFARMS, and CROPPS are co-hosting a 8-week (June 2 – July 26, 2022) on-site summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This program will bring together students, particularly those from underrepresented communities to work on cutting-edge projects. Students will work on specific research projects under the guidance of a paired research mentor. This is a paid opportunity for students to get a hands-on novel research experience in technologies to address global agriculture challenges. 

Meet the Students

Name: Jelena Herriott 
University: Langston University 
Research Group: AIFARMS: Thrust 3 Environmental Resilience 
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Lisa Ainsworth
Project Title: SoyFACE Data Compilation and Analysis

Name: Omkar Haridas
University: University of Illinois
Research Group: CROPPS
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Matthew Hudson 
Project Title: Algorithm acceleration related to Crop Systems

Name: Imani Fuller
University: Tuskegee University 
Research Group: AIFARMS: Thrust 2: Labor Optimization for Livestock
Faculty Mentors: Dr. Angela Green-Miller and Dr. Vikram Adve
Project Title: Behavior Analysis and Machine Learning Models

Name: Diandre White
University: Tuskegee University 
Research Group: AIFARMS: Thrust 2: Labor Optimization for Livestock
Faculty Mentors: Dr. Angela Green-Miller and Dr. Vikram Adve
Project Title: Behavior Analysis and Machine Learning Models

Name: Christian Peterson
University: Tuskegee University 
Research Group: AIFARMS: Thrust 2: Labor Optimization for Livestock
Faculty Mentors: Dr. Angela Green-Miller and Dr. Vikram Adve
Project Title: Behavior Analysis and Machine Learning Models

Name: Domonique Finch
University: Tuskegee University 
Research Group: AIFARMS: Thrust 2: Labor Optimization for Livestock
Faculty Mentors: Dr. Angela Green-Miller and Dr. Vikram Adve
Project Title: Behavior Analysis and Machine Learning Models

Name: Miles Thurman
University: Tuskegee University 
Research Group: AIFARMS: Thrust 2: Labor Optimization for Livestock
Faculty Mentors: Dr. Angela Green-Miller and Dr. Vikram Adve
Project Title: Behavior Analysis and Machine Learning Models
Sponsor: Microsoft

Name: Darius Tubbs 
University: Langston University
Research Group: AIFARMS: Thrust 1 Autonomous Farming 
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Girish Chowdhary 
Project Title: Field testing and data collection for autonomous robots
Sponsor: Corteva

Name: Sanchez Rolle
University: Tuskegee University 
Research Group: AIFARMS Thrust 4: Soil Health
Faculty Mentors: Dr. Andrew Margenot 
Project Title: Standardizing soil enzyme assays for reproducible biological soil health measurement
Sponsor: Microsoft

Name: Grace Nystrom
University: University of Illinois
Research Group: CROPPS
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Steve Moose
Project Title: Monitoring nitrogen-responsive phenotypes in corn with the TerraSentia rover.

Name: Maxwell Saine
University: Tuskegee University 
Research Group: AIFARMS: Thrust 2: Labor Optimization for Livestock
Faculty Mentors: Dr. Angela Green-Miller and Dr. Vikram Adve
Project Title: Behavior Analysis and Machine Learning Models
Sponsor: Microsoft

Name: Kayvon Crenshaw
University: University of Illinois
Research Group: AIFARMS: Thrust 2: Labor Optimization for Livestock
Faculty Mentors: Dr. Vikram Adve
Project Title:  A data processing pipeline for video streams


Meet the Mentors

Dr. Lisa Ainsworth
Research Molecular Biologist
USDA-ARS

Vikram Adve

Dr. Vikram Adve
Donald B. Gillies Professor
Grainger College of Engineering, Department of Computer Science, University of Illinois

Angela Green-Miller

Dr. Angela Green-Miller
Associate Professor
Agricultural & Biological Engineering University of Illinois

Dr. Girish Chowdhary
Associate Professor and Donald Biggar Willet Faculty Fellow, Grainger College of Engineering, Agricultural and Biological Engineering University of Illinois

Andrew Margenot

Dr. Andrew Margenot
Assistant Professor, College of Agricultural, Consumer, & Environmental Sciences, Department of Crop Sciences, University of Illinois

Dr. Steve Moose
Professor, College of Agricultural, Consumer, & Environmental Sciences, Department of Crop Sciences, University of Illinois

Dr. Matt Hudson
Professor, College of Agricultural, Consumer, & Environmental Sciences, Department of Crop Sciences, University of Illinois