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Internship Applications Due Mid-March, 2015

The NCSA Blue Waters project, in collaboration with the National Computational Science Institute (NCSI) and national HPC programs, has launched a coordinated effort to prepare current and future generations of students with the computational thinking skills, knowledge, and commitment to advance scientific computing through the use of high performance computing (HPC) resources and environments.

Petascale computing is more complex than previous computing paradigms. New approaches for teaching and learning are required, and no single educational institution has the expertise and experience needed to fully exploit this extraordinary capability.

This site provides information about the Blue Waters Student Internship Program (BWSIP) and the efforts underway to promote understanding and interest in petascale computing and its applications among undergraduate students and faculty. Here you can:

  • Find out more about supporting these efforts through Participation in our programs to:

    • Develop undergraduate faculty through workshops

    • Develop undergraduate students through internships

  • Find Materials to support the teaching and use of parallel and high-performance scientific computing in the undergraduate and graduate science classrooms. In this area of the site you will find resources developed to support workshop and classroom teaching. This includes Petascale Curriculum Modules which have been developed with funding from the Blue Waters Project for Sustained Petascale Computing.

  • Find high-performance computing Resources including: centers that may provide allocations for academic research, offer faculty training and development, or student internship opportunities, as well as other websites that provide resources to support efforts to bring petascale and high-performance computing to undergraduate science and engineering students.

  • Meet the community of People participating in the program either as staff and instructors making the program possible, or faculty mentors and their student interns, bringing petascale computing experiences and excitement to undergraduate students.