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CS Area’s 2020 Summer Student Program Goes Virtual

May 28, 2020

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Shyh Wang Hall at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, home to the Computing Sciences Area.

Like many organizations adjusting to a changing work environment during the COVID-19 pandemic, Berkeley Lab’s Computing Sciences (CS) Area is transforming its 2020 summer student program into an entirely virtual experience.  

For more than a decade, this program has offered undergraduate and graduate students in science and engineering fields the chance to gain research experience working with staff, mentors, and peers in Berkeley Lab’s Computational Research Division (CRD), ESnet, and the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center.

Because of the coronavirus outbreak, most CS staff and students are currently working remotely. Despite the challenges this poses for the summer student program, the CS area is dedicated to providing a unique opportunity that will enhance participants’ professional development and open new doors to connections with peers and colleagues.

“For the last several years, this program has been rewarding to both visitors and staff, and we are working to ensure this is true even under the current situation,” said Osni Marques, a staff scientist in CRD and the 2020 Summer Student Program Chair. “While some situations cannot be accommodated remotely, we are confident our summer visitors will have an engaging and meaningful experience.”

As in years past, students have the opportunity to attend a ​​​range of educational presentations by Lab staff designed to provide an overview of the depth and breadth of research that takes place across the CS Area. All talks will be held via Zoom, with topics ranging from A Crash Course in Supercomputing and Efficient Scientific Data Management on Supercomputers to Modeling Antarctic Ice with Adaptive Mesh Refinement, Simulating Supernovae with Supercomputers, and Challenges in Building Quantum Computers.

In addition, the annual student poster session – always a favorite – will once again be held in early August, this year using an interactive online format.

The program officially kicks off on June 2. For more details, visit the Summer Students 2020 home page.


About Computing Sciences at Berkeley Lab

High performance computing plays a critical role in scientific discovery, and 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.

Founded in 1931 on the belief that the biggest scientific challenges are best addressed by teams, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and its scientists have been recognized with 13 Nobel Prizes. Today, Berkeley Lab researchers develop sustainable energy and environmental solutions, create useful new materials, advance the frontiers of computing, and probe the mysteries of life, matter, and the universe. Scientists from around the world rely on the Lab’s facilities for their own discovery science. Berkeley Lab is a multiprogram national laboratory, managed by the University of California for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science.

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