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CRPC Summer Education Programs for 1993
The CRPC places a high priority on science education by motivating students to pursue advanced degrees and providing the training and research experience necessary to help in achieving these goals. These programs provide training for both teachers and students, reaching the K -12 students who will be tomorrow's scientists, engineers, and mathematicians, all the way to the graduate-level researchers who learn the latest research methods and technology trends. In addition, the center provides industry with a highly skilled workforce that has experience with emerging technologies in high-performance computing.
CRPC sites at Argonne National Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Rice University, and Syracuse University will offer a variety of upcoming summer programs in education this year. Several programs give particular emphasis to programs that encourage minority participation in science, engineering, and mathematics.
Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) - Syracuse University
The REU program introduces promising students to opportunities in high- performance computing and provides them with formative research experience similar to graduate study. Students work closely with staff researchers and faculty at the CRPC and Syracuse University, learning project formulation, methodology, solution, and interpretation of results. The program is wide in its scope, allowing research in areas such as scientific visualization, multimedia technology, image processing, computational fluid dynamics, signal processing, optimization algorithms, computational geometry, computational physics, digital system design, and financial modeling. The program accepts majors from all disciplines, including computer science, physics, engineering, mathematics, and finance. After working through the summer, students may continue research by connecting to Syracuse's computing facilities while at their home institution.
Last year, the program featured two weeks of training on parallel computing, both SIMD and MIMD, featuring the CM-2, CM-5, DEC mpp 12000, and the nCube 2, background sessions in numerical and computational techniques, and tutorial sessions on how to program in different languages, how to give scientific talks, and how to prepare scientific papers. Lecturers and speakers included representatives from Thinking Machines, Maspar, nCube, and the Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science Departments at Syracuse University. CRPC Summer Education Programs for 1993
Minorities Teachers Computational Science and Biotechnology Awareness Program - California Institute of Technology
This program brings high-school teachers from Los Angeles and Pasadena- area schools with large minority enrollments to Caltech for a four-day session that introduces them to the most recent developments in the areas of concurrent computing, biotechnology, computer graphics and their applications and interconnections, and to the progress and opportunities in these fields. The information provided from these sessions has enabled teachers to motivate their students to consider opportunities in science and engineering fields. This program has been successful because it puts information in the hands of those people who have some of the greatest potential to inspire students: their teachers.
Summer Program in Parallel Computing for Minority Undergraduates - California Institute of Technology
Through this program, minority undergraduates in computer science and mathematics spend two months during the summer working with Caltech scientists on research projects. Students are intimately involved in the day-to-day activities of leading-edge computing research, working with newly developed parallel computers. By working within this stimulating research environment, the participants are encouraged to continue their education through graduate school. Areas of study include parallel programming methods, algorithms, and scientific computing.
Spend a Summer with a Scientist - Rice University
In 1989, the CRPC implemented the "Spend a Summer with a Scientist" program at Rice University to provide opportunities for talented minority undergraduate students to participate in university activities. Directed by Richard Tapia, the program exposes students to research and motivates them to attend graduate school in science, mathematics, or engineering. Spend a Summer with a Scientist participants work with center researchers, faculty, and graduate students from five different departments at Rice, and with researchers from the Keck Center for Computational Biology, a collaboration between Rice and the Baylor College of Medicine. A total of 62 students have participated in the program from 1989 to 1992. The majority of past participants in this program are either currently enrolled in graduate school or planning to apply. Some participants have given presentations at various professional meetings in mathematics and computer science fields.
Summer Research Programs - Argonne National Laboratory
Argonne National Laboratory has two summer research programs for graduate students and a program for faculty from underrepresented groups. Argonne also offered two one-week "immersion workshops'' on the BBN this past summer. These programs are general introductions to parallel computing, using the computers at Argonne (the BBN in particular) and Argonne's parallel programming tools. Topics include review of different architectures, performance evaluation, porting of codes, parallel program writing, and visualization.
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