Reach out to new generations of scientists through education

As a supercomputing laboratory in a discipline-specific national research center devoted to the study of Earth system science, CISL is uniquely positioned to help integrate and teach the public about interdisciplinary research and education at the intersection of computational science and Earth system science. CISL’s educational and training efforts at this nexus are designed to complement and supplement programs at universities and other centers.

CISL accomplishes these education, research, and training objectives through a variety of activities. Internships focus on student teams while faculty training in HPC concepts broadens participation, promotes workforce development, and enhances diversity. A vibrant visitor program and a robust portfolio of workshops foster scientific collaboration and advancement by bringing external researchers to NCAR to tackle cutting-edge problems. Training programs for users of HPC systems and others for users of data analysis and visualization tools help students and faculty develop the skills they need to use advanced cyberinfrastructure effectively.

CISL also provides cyberinfrastructure resources and user support for NCAR-wide community workshops, tutorials, and summer schools in the atmospheric and related sciences.

CISL convened a working group focused on education and outreach initiatives two years ago. The group laid out objectives related to three main goals: integrate CISL programs with educational opportunities; perform community outreach; and show leadership as champions of diversity in HPC. These goals and CISL’s progress toward reaching them in FY2019 are covered in the following pages.

This work is supported by NSF Core funding, with supplemental funding supplied by other sources as noted in the sections that follow.