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Nearly 200 Students Participate in 2019 CS Summer Program

June 3, 2019

2019 CS Summer Student Kickoff

Students and faculty participating in this year's summer program were welcomed on Monday, June 3 with lunch, talks and an icebreaking excercise.»See more photos from the event

The Computing Sciences summer student program is back, and it’s bigger than ever. With the official kick-off on Tuesday, June 4, 188 students from across the U.S. and abroad have begun filling the cubicles of Berkeley Lab’s Shyh Wang Hall – a record number this year.

Initially launched in 2010, the summer student program offers undergraduate and graduate students in science and engineering fields the chance to gain research experience working with staff in ESnet, NERSC, and the Computational Research Division. Over the next two months, these students - who come from across the U.S. and internationally - will work on focused research projects with mentors from the CS area, attend lectures and workshops designed to help hone and broaden their skills, and present a poster on their work to peers and CS staff at the conclusion of the program.

“The Computing Sciences summer student program gives students a unique opportunity to interact with Berkeley Lab staff, learn about the work done at the Lab and at CRD, NERSC, and ESnet in particular, and in many cases contribute to that work. The program has been very successful, and this year is hosting 150+ students,” said Osni Marques, a staff scientist in the Computational Research Division who chairs the program.

Summer also brings an influx of faculty/student research teams courtesy of a joint effort between CS and the Sustainable Horizons Institute through the Sustainable Research Pathways (SRP) program. This program aims to recruit students and 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 the CS organization. This year 44 students and faculty are participating in the summer program through SRP.

In addition, for the first time, two students will be spending the summer in the CS area through the SOAR (Support, Opportunities, and Rapport) for Youth program, a local non-profit established in 2009 by former Berkeley Lab employee Diana Brown. In community partnership with the UC Berkeley, Bay Area Child Support Services, and community foster youth servicing organizations, SOAR is designed to help foster youth move through adolescence and into their adult lives with confidence and independence.

Learn more about scheduled events and talks for the 2019 summer student program.

About Computing Sciences at Berkeley Lab

The Computing Sciences Area at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory(Berkeley Lab) 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. 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.

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.