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SDSC Announces UC Graduate Summer Fellowship Program

Application Deadline is February 15, 2015

Published January 14, 2015

SDSC Researcher Andreas Goetz (l) with Rahul Nori, of the University of North Dakota, at a project poster session at the National Science Foundation’s eXtreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) 2013 annual conference.

SDSC Researcher Andreas Goetz (l) with Rahul Nori, of the University of North Dakota, at a project poster session at the National Science Foundation’s eXtreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) 2013 annual conference.

The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, has announced its inaugural UC Graduate Student Summer Fellowship program, providing opportunities for graduate students throughout the University of California system to learn about SDSC’s expertise and utilize the Center’s wide range of resources to advance their own research.

The eight-week residential program, to run from June 22 until August 14, 2015, is funded by SDSC to specifically foster stronger ties with other UC campuses. The program is focused on attracting graduate students from other UC campuses. UC San Diego graduate students are invited to collaborate with SDSC researchers at any time, but they would not be eligible for the UC Summer Fellowship housing support.

“This program is designed to increase awareness of the value of computational science among the other UC campuses,” said Diane Baxter, SDSC’s associate director for education. “These graduate student fellows will also gain exposure to a more diverse range of career options, gain hands-on computational experience, and add computational research scientists as essential mentors who will help them succeed in their careers.”

On-campus housing and board will be provided through the full eight weeks of the program. Fellows may apply to work with an established research team at SDSC to learn new skills that complement their own interests, or may focus on their own research project while learning from an SDSC mentor whose area of expertise augments the fellow’s advisory team.

Fellows will take part in regular lab meetings and group discussions, as well as weekly meetings with the other UC Fellows. At the conclusion of the program, fellows will present their accomplishments in a UC Graduate Student Summer Research Symposium.

Eligibility
Applicants should have completed at least one year of graduate study. Second- and third-year students will have priority, but more advanced students may be considered if their research can still benefit from the fellowship experience. Fellows are expected to spend the full eight weeks in residence at UC San Diego. Some exceptions will be allowed, but applicants must be able to commit to at least four weeks of the fellowship in residence at UC San Diego, plus participate in the final symposium at SDSC in August.

Completed applications with supporting documentation are due by February 15, 2015. Full details about the program can be viewed on the SDSC Education webpage .

About SDSC
As an Organized Research Unit of UC San Diego, SDSC is considered a leader in data-intensive computing and cyberinfrastructure, providing resources, services, and expertise to the national research community, including industry and academia. Cyberinfrastructure refers to an accessible, integrated network of computer-based resources and expertise, focused on accelerating scientific inquiry and discovery. SDSC supports hundreds of multidisciplinary programs spanning a wide variety of domains, from earth sciences and biology to astrophysics, bioinformatics, and health IT. With its two newest supercomputers, Trestles and Gordon, and a new system called Comet to be deployed in 2015, SDSC is a partner in XSEDE (Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment), the most advanced collection of integrated digital resources and services in the world.