The San Diego Supercomputer Center has announced a new program to connect high school students with the world of computational research
The program, called Research Experience for High School Students (REHS), will pair 22 students with SDSC mentors. The internships start Tuesday, July 6, and will run for six weeks. All students are volunteers and will be working 20 to 25 hours per week. At the end of the program, there will be a poster session in the 2nd floor lobby area of SDSC’s East Building, on August 12 from 2:00 pm to 4:00pm. SDSC and UC San Diego staffs are invited to attend.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for students to gain valuable research experience in the subject areas that interest them, such as computational chemistry or biology,” said Ange Mason, Education Program Manager at SDSC. “Students will be working on projects spanning the range from data mining to supercomputer-based workflows to scientific visualization – projects that we hope will guide them into computational careers as they enter college.”
Having been a part of efforts like these in the past, I know from experience that they take real effort to make work, and a real commitment of both time and money from the sponsor. Still, this is both a Good thing to do, and the only way to grow our aging discipline.
And the projects students will be working on sound pretty interesting, ranging from processing large biomedical images using a supercomputer to “developing software to couple the AMBER (Assisted Model Building with Energy Refinement) molecular dynamics software to the ADF (Amsterdam Density Functional) package.” Nifty.