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Undergraduate internships and curriculum development awards available through Blue Waters project

The Blue Waters Undergraduate Petascale Education Program is offering 17 undergraduate research internships for 2010-2011. Students will be paired with members of an existing research or educational team that is conducting petascale computing research. The program will provide students with computational thinking skills and the knowledge they need to advance scientific computing throughout their careers.

The undergraduate research internship program is also looking for additional faculty members to mentor students.

Applications will be accepted through April 16, 2010.

Selected students will receive a stipend of as much as $5,000, support to attend a two-week intensive Petascale Institute at NCSA (May 23 through June 5) and support to attend the SC10 conference and education program in New Orleans in November.

The Undergraduate Petascale Education Program is accepting proposals for instructional modules created by undergraduate faculty, as well. These modules should explore the application of multi-core and many-core computing to real scientific problems. They should be suitable for use in undergraduate science, math, or computer science classes.

For more information on these programs and to apply, see:, or contact Bob Panoff at

The Blue Waters Undergraduate Petascale Education Program is a joint effort of the National Computational Science Institute, the Great Lakes Consortium for Petascale Computation, and NCSA.

More about Blue Waters
The Blue Waters petascale computing system will have a peak performance of 10 petaflops, performance that can be attained only with more than 300,000 compute cores and a peak memory bandwidth of nearly 5 petabytes/second. Performance projections indicate that Blue Waters will sustain at least 1 petaflops on a range of real-world science and engineering applications.

Blue Waters is a joint effort of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, its National Center for Supercomputing Applications, IBM, and the Great Lakes Consortium for Petascale Computation. It is supported by the National Science Foundation and the University of Illinois.

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