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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

High performance computing plays a critical role in scientific discovery. Researchers increasingly rely on advances in computer science, mathematics, computational science, data science, and large-scale computing and networking to increase our understanding of ourselves, our planet, and our universe. Berkeley Lab’s Computing Sciences Area researches, develops, and deploys new foundations, tools, and technologies to meet these needs and to advance research across a broad range of scientific disciplines.