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Undergraduate internship applications open for Blue Waters

To help prepare the next generation of supercomputing researchers, the Blue Waters project offers paid internships to undergraduate students across the country. Applications are now being accepted for internships that begin May 2017.

Interns participate in a two-week hands-on workshop in late May 2017 introducing them to the basics of high-performance computing. After the workshop, each intern works with a mentor and pursues a petascale computing R&D project over the course of the year. Each intern receives a stipend of $5,000. To be eligible, you must be enrolled as an undergraduate student through spring 2018 at a U.S. accredited, degree-granting institution.

To learn more, including viewing available internship projects, and to apply, visit the Blue Waters undergraduate internship website. Note that the application allows you to identify a specific faculty mentor; students who have taken the initiative to arrange an internship with a faculty member are more likely to be selected for this program.

Applications must be submitted by Feb. 3, 2017, and notifications will be made by March 1, 2017.

Interns will participate in the two-week Petascale Institute in late May 2017 at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, home to the Blue Waters supercomputer. Students are expected to begin their projects after the workshop and to work full time during the summer, continuing the projects as their schedules allow during the academic year. Interns must submit a final paper or poster on their project; select interns will present their projects at the 2018 Blue Waters Symposium, which brings together the scientists, engineers, and scholars from diverse fields who use Blue Waters to advance their research. Internships will conclude by May 31, 2018.

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