Reach out to new generations of scientists through education

CISL integrates research and education to teach the skills that students and faculty need to use advanced cyberinfrastructure effectively. These programs also promote diversity, enhance CISL’s culture of teaching and mentorship, and stimulate collaborations with the university community, all in support of NCAR’s strategic imperative to educate and entrain a talented and diverse group of students and early-career professionals. This support for young people seeking careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics will provide NCAR, NSF, and the nation with a skilled and capable future workforce.

CISL accomplishes these educational objectives through internships and externships, as well as visitor, workshop, and training programs that supplement education efforts throughout UCAR and at other institutions. A collaboration with NCAR’s Director of Diversity, Education, and Outreach will follow up with the Summer Internships in Parallel Computational Science (SIParCS) interns and produce a formal assessment of their research as one evaluation of CISL’s education activities.

A supercomputing laboratory in a national research center is a unique place to help integrate research and education between disciplines. CISL focuses on the computational and atmospheric sciences, and has a math institute dedicated to education and advancing research using applied mathematics and statistics. CISL’s educational efforts are designed to complement and supplement programs at universities and other centers.

CISL manages two principal training thrusts: one for HPC systems and another for CISL-developed data analysis and visualization tools. NCAR and CISL also provide cyberinfrastructure resources and user support for community workshops, tutorials, and summer schools in the atmospheric and related sciences.

This work is supported by NSF Core funding, with supplemental funding supplied by other sources as noted in the following reports.