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Berkeley Lab Partnership Offers Computing Science Research Opportunities to Faculty, Students from Diverse Backgrounds

October 12, 2015


A new program being launched by Berkeley Lab's Computing Sciences organization to provide research opportunities for faculty and students from diverse backgrounds will begin with an introductory Dec. 7-8 workshop. The application deadline for the Sustainable Pathways Research Fellows workshop is Monday, Oct. 19.

Developed in partnership with the Sustainable Horizons Institute, the Sustainable Pathways Research Fellows program aims to recruit faculty from a variety of institutions, including minority-serving institutions and women’s colleges supporting students from under-represented or under-privileged backgrounds, for summer research opportunities with Berkeley Lab’s Computing Sciences organization.

Faculty who are interested in participating should apply to attend the Dec. 7-8 workshop at Berkeley Lab. The workshop goal is to match faculty to Berkeley Lab research projects. Instructions for applying to this workshop can be found on the Sustainable Pathways Research Fellows program website. Selected applicants will receive a travel stipend to attend the workshop.

Faculty who find a match following the December workshop will be encouraged to apply for one of several summer programs at Berkeley Lab, including the Visiting Faculty Program, which supports the professional development of faculty members who want to increase the competitiveness of their research at their home institution through scientific research collaborations with DOE laboratory scientists.

The Sustainable Pathways Research Fellows program will bring faculty and their students to Berkeley Lab during the summer of 2016. Faculty benefit from participating in collaborative, leading-edge research with computing scientists at Berkeley Lab. Students who accompany the faculty work side-by-side on research projects using state-of-the-art equipment and tools.

Applications for the Matching Workshop are due by October 19, 2015. To be eligible, applicants need to meet the following requirements: 

  • Must be a full-time faculty member at an accredited U.S. degree granting, postsecondary, institution of higher education
  • Student team members must be invited to participate by the applying faculty member and must meet the following eligibility requirements:
    • Must be currently enrolled as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student and must have completed at least one year as a matriculating undergraduate or graduate
    • Must be 18 years or older at the start of program
    • Must have earned a high school diploma or GED
    • May participate in a maximum of three internships.
  • Faculty and students must have U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status
  • Participants must have medical insurance during their time at the lab

Benefits of the summer program include:


  • Stipend $13,000 ($1,300/week for 10 weeks)
  • $2000 Housing supplement
  • Travel supplement if permanent address is at least 50 miles from the lab


  • Stipend $5,000 ($500/week for 10 weeks)
  • $1,500 Housing supplement
  • Travel supplement if permanent address is at least 50 miles from the lab

About Computing Sciences at Berkeley Lab

The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) Computing Sciences Area provides the computing and networking resources and expertise critical to advancing Department of Energy Office of Science (DOE-SC) research missions: developing new energy sources, improving energy efficiency, developing new materials, and increasing our understanding of ourselves, our world and our universe.

ESnet, the Energy Sciences Network, provides the high-bandwidth, reliable connections that link scientists at 40 DOE research sites to each other and to experimental facilities and supercomputing centers around the country. The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) powers the discoveries of 7,000-plus scientists at national laboratories and universities, including those at Berkeley Lab's Computational Research Division (CRD). NERSC and ESnet are both Department of Energy Office of Science National User Facilities. The Computational Research Division (CRD) conducts research and development in mathematical modeling and simulation, algorithm design, data storage, management and analysis, computer system architecture and high-performance software implementation. NERSC and ESnet are Department of Energy Office of Science User Facilities.

Berkeley Lab addresses the world's most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab's scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the DOE’s Office of Science.

The DOE Office of Science is the United States' single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, please visit science.energy.gov.