The National Science Foundation has awarded Clemson University and the University of Kentucky funds to engage and prepare more undergraduate and graduate students from institutions in EPSCoR jurisdictions in the use of computing to advance science, engineering, and scholarly studies. This program seeks students from eligible universities to participate in a year-long program designed to provided students opportunities to explore cyberinfrastructure (CI), including high performance computing (HPC), high throughput computing (HTC)—including parallel programming, campus-widegrids, national grids—(XSEDE, OSG), virtual organizations, data (mining, management, file systems/storage), visualization, networking and cloud services (SaaS, IaaS, PaaS). By expanding the awareness of, and ability to access and deploy CI resources and services (provided on and between campuses, as well as those provided by federal agencies and other state, regional, national and international CI providers) student participants will begin their journey to becoming a CI student champion/mentor within your CI community.
Selected student participants attended a kick-off/orientation meeting at Clemson University, and began a regularly scheduled on-line training program presented by leaders in each topic area through September, 2012. Participants will receive full financial support for travel for the program, including expense coverage for travel to attend a kick-off and orientation meeting at Clemson University, and an end-of-year finale (pending fund availability) meeting at the University of Kentucky in 2013. Successful completion of the training program will qualify participants to attend SC12 (all expenses paid) http://sc12.supercomputing.org/ in Salt Lake City, Utah,where they will participate as certified “Technical Student Volunteers” assisting in booths on the Exhibit Floor or performing other technical duties as needed. During the course of the program, we will host on-line training seminars twice a month. At the culmination of the program, the students will be asked to evaluate their campus CI capabilities based on what they’ve learned. This will provide a worthwhile service to many campuses.
About Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR):
The mission of EPSCoR is to assist the National Science Foundation in its statutory function "to strengthen research and education in science and engineering throughout the United States and to avoid undue concentration of such research and education." EPSCoR
a) to provide strategic programs and opportunities for EPSCoR participants that stimulate sustainable improvements in their R&D capacity and competitiveness;
b) to advance science and engineering capabilities in EPSCoR jurisdictions for discovery,innovation and overall knowledge-based prosperity.
EPSCoR eligible institutions include all universities in the following states: Alabama, Alaska,Arkansas, Delaware, Hawai’i, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi,Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, PuertoRico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, U.S. Virgin Islands, Utah,Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming