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Osni Marques, Summer Student Program Chair

Welcome to the 2017 Computing Sciences Summer Student Program!

Dear Students,

Welcome to LBNL's 2017 Computing Sciences Summer Student Program. I am Osni Marques, from the Computational Research Division (CRD), and the Summer Student Program Chair for 2017. As a member of this select group of students, your participation in the Berkeley Lab Summer Student Program will contribute important and valuable insights to your future professional development. You will have the opportunity to learn even more by attending​ a ​wide ​​​range of special events, presentations and tours that we have created just for our summer students. Please check the table below for a schedule of these events

The program will start on June 6, 2017, with a lunch and a welcome from David Brown, Director of the Computational Research Division. 

I am looking forward to meeting you all, and I hope you will find your summer at the Berkeley Lab very stimulating.

Please feel free to contact the following people if you have any questions about the Computing Sciences Summer Student Program or the Berkeley Lab:

Schedule of Events

Berkeley Lab's Computing Sciences organization innovates, develops, and deploys new tools and technologies to support research in areas of global climate change, combustion, fusion energy, nanotechnology, biology, and astrophysics. The talks on Thursdays aim at giving you an idea of the extensive range of that research. For updates and reminders, please contact Teresa Montero to be added to the list of Google calendar invitees for this series of events. The following table corresponds to our tentative schedule. In addition to the weekly events listed below, other seminars by CS staff will be also occasionally offered to you.

In previous years, students expressed an interest in a tutorial on high performance computing (including MPI, OpenMP, profiling, etc.), which logistically is difficult for us to provide. However, if you are interested in those topics, you might want to consider the Scaling to Petascale Summer Institute, which will be held on June 26-30, 2017, and will be webcast on YouTube live.

Date & Time  Event / Talk Speaker Location
Jun 06
12 - 1:30 PM
Summer Student Program Lunch Kickoff David Brown (Director, Computational Research Division) 59-3101
Jun 08
10 - 11:30 AM
Introduction to HPC and NERSC Tour Rebecca Hartman-Baker (NERSC, User Engagement Group) and Brandon Cook (NERSC, Application Performance) 59-3101
Jun 15
11 AM - 12 PM
Rise of the Machines Prahbat (NERSC, Data & Analytics Services) 59-3101
Jun 22
11 AM - 12 PM
From Microfluidics to Exploding Stars - Fluid Simulations at Berkeley Lab Andy Nonaka (CRD, Center for Computational Sciences and Engineering) 59-3101
Jun 29
11 AM - 12 PM
Designing and Presenting a Science Poster Jonathan Carter (CS Deputy Director) 59-3101
Jun 30
3 PM - 4 PM
Summer Student Ice Cream Social


54 Lawn Area
Jul 06
11 AM - 12 PM
Big Bang, Big Data, Big Iron - High Performance Computing For Cosmic Microwave Background Data Analysis Julian Borrill (CRD, Computational Cosmology Center) 59-3101
Jul 11
11 AM - 12 PM
Origami Workshop Terry Ligocki (CRD, Applied Numerical Algorithms Group) 59-4102
Jul 13
11 AM - 12 PM
Using Machine Learning in Networks Mariam Kiran (ESnet, Advanced Network Technologies Group) 59-3101
Jul 19
3 PM - 4 PM
ALS Tour Michael Banda (Advanced Light Source, Deputy Division Director for Operations) ALS Building
Jul 20
11 AM - 12 PM
Quantum Computing for Quantum Chemistry Jarrod McClean (CRD, Computational Chemistry, Materials & Climate Group) 59-3101
Jul 27
11 AM - 12 PM
Understanding Scalable Realtime Collaborative Workflows Hari Krishnan (CRD, Data Analytics and Visualization Group) 59-3101
Aug 03
10 AM - 12 PM
Summer Student Program Participants present their research (poster session) - 59-3101

Google Calendar


Unfortunately, the Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences Summer Student Program cannot provide housing for participating students that are flying in for the summer. However, here are some resources for those looking for a summer sublet or rental in Berkeley. Although we try to assure that the information we present here is correct, please do verify any terms and conditions before moving in.

  • Berkeley Lab Classified Ads - This resource has a "Rentals and Roommates" section that lists housing opportunities by Lab employees.
  • Dormitories are usually large community style housing with shared bathrooms and rooms off a main hallway. Some dorms offer meals in the summer, while others don't. Some dorms are expensive and gorgeous, while others are inexpensive and run down. There is the occasional exception, but on average you get what you pay for.