Integrating research and education

Sharing research experiences
Michael Angus (left), a graduate student at North Carolina State University presents his research poster to Kevin Trenberth, Distinguished Senior Scientist in the Climate Analysis Section at NCAR, during IMAGe's Fourth Workshop on Understanding Climate Change from Data held in June 2014 at NCAR’s Mesa Lab. More than 90 participants exchanged ideas during this event sponsored by NSF Expeditions in Computing.

As a supercomputing laboratory embedded in a national center focused on the atmospheric and related sciences, CISL provides resources to integrate research and education between the disciplines of the computational and atmospheric sciences. This unique interdisciplinary focus enables CISL’s educational efforts to complement and supplement related programs at universities and other centers.

CISL’s inter-supporting programs that foster the integration of research and education include:

  • The Summer Internships in Parallel Computational Science (SIParCS) program offers graduate and undergraduate students significant hands-on opportunities in computational science, applied mathematics, and geostatistics to help build a workforce that can exploit petascale computers. CISL budgets for approximately 10–12 SIParCS interns each year.

  • The Theme-of-the-Year (TOY) is held in IMAGe as a series of year-long programs, each focused on a specific aspect of mathematics applied to the geosciences; it is designed to advance research, education, and collaboration between the mathematics and geosciences communities. The TOY program establishes collaborations around potentially rewarding research activities and encourages contributions from talented young investigators in a variety of disciplines.

  • The Research and Supercomputing Visitor Program (RSVP) facilitates prolonged engagement and collaboration between our staff, the university community, and researchers at peer centers around the world, and offers special travel support for training classes and workshops to faculty and students from minority-serving and EPSCoR-state institutions.

CISL’s education imperative for integrating research and education is primarily supported by NSF Core funding, with supplemental funding supplied by other sources as noted in the following reports.