Diversity-focused outreach

ADMI poster session
CISL staff reviewed student posters at the 2015 ADMI Symposium in Atlanta. These outreach activities to underrepresented groups encourage students to pursue careers in computational science, and at NCAR and CISL.

CISL performs diversity-focused outreach to encourage students to pursue careers in computational science and to inform them about internship and training opportunities offered by CISL, UCAR, and NCAR. CISL actively performs diversity outreach focused on the computational sciences at regional and national events such as the IEEE Supercomputing and the American Geophysical Union conferences.

For example, for the third year in a row, CISL has participated in the Association of Computer/Information Sciences and Engineering Departments at Minority Institutions (ADMI) Symposium on Computing at Minority Institutions. This year the Symposium was held on the campus of Georgia Tech University in Atlanta, Georgia on 19-21 March 2015. ADMI was founded in August 1989, with the mission of exploring and providing remedies to the educational issues in computer/information science and computer engineering that confront minority institutions of higher education. The 2015 ADMI Symposium highlighted undergraduate and graduate research with particular interest on innovations in the computing field. An important facet of the symposium is the opportunity to explore collaborations between major research institutions, industry, and minority institutions. Faculty and students present research papers, discuss poster presentations, and explore graduate school options.

This year the CISL representatives at the ADMI Symposium did outreach to the attendees on behalf of the NCAR-UCAR-Wyoming partnership by distributing information about NCAR/UCAR/University of Wyoming internships, graduate research, and other educational and career opportunities. CISL staff also gave a keynote speech, “Using low cost clusters to teach high-performance computing,” and judged ADMI’s student poster competition.

Several of the student projects in the poster competition had a geosciences or low-cost computing connection. For instance, one student poster dealt with the issues surrounding the origins and adaptation efforts related to flood risk in the Mississippi delta region, another with remote sensing of ice shelves in the Antarctic, and a third was a robotics project designed to help hospitalized children.

These and other similar activities were funded by NSF core travel funds.