Integrate research and education

As a supercomputing laboratory embedded in a national center focused on the atmospheric and related sciences, CISL serves community needs by integrating research and education in the computational Earth System sciences. This interdisciplinary focus enables CISL to complement and supplement related programs within NCAR, UCAR, and at universities and other centers.

CISL operates two inter-supporting programs that foster the integration of research and education:

  • 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 12-15 SIParCS interns each year.

  • The Theme-of-the-Year (TOY) is a year-long program, focused each year 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.

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.