PEARC17 Student Program committee plans for diverse cohort of 66

The Practice & Experience in Advanced Research Computing Conference Student Program is pleased to announce that 66 students will attend PEARC17 in New Orleans, July 9-13, 2017.

PEARC17 Student Program Chair Alana Romanella (Virginia Tech)

“Since this is PEARC’s maiden voyage, we’re especially pleased at the number and diversity of students who qualified to participate,” said Student Program Chair Alana Romanella (Virginia Tech). “It was our goal to attract candidates from a variety of research domains and demographics that are traditionally under-represented in computational and data science degree programs and careers. Adding diversity to the national advanced research computing workforce pipeline is also a priority for organizations that supported PEARC student travel, including STEM-Trek, XSEDE, Google, Micron Foundation, Science Gateway Community Institute, Echo Valley Meats, and the San Diego Supercomputer Center,” she added.

Among 46 students who will receive travel support to attend PEARC17, 32 percent are female, and 50 percent are from demographics that are under-represented in research computing academic tracks and careers. Twenty students are entirely self-funded, and those with partial support received an average of $450 from their home institutions. Fifty-one are expected to participate in the general conference technical program and in targeted student program activities, including a presentation by Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents on cybersecurity and FBI careers; an intensive collaborative modeling and analysis challenge; a session on careers in modeling and large data analytics; a mentorship program; and volunteer opportunities to assist with conference activities.


Being held in New Orleans July 9-13, PEARC17—Practice & Experience in Advanced Research Computing 2017—is for those engaged with the challenges of using and operating advanced research computing on campuses or for the academic and open science communities. This year’s inaugural conference offers a robust technical program, as well as networking, professional growth and multiple student participation opportunities.

Organizations supporting the new conference include the Advancing Research Computing on Campuses: Best Practices Workshop (ARCC); XSEDE; the Science Gateways Community Institute (SGCI); the Campus Research Computing Consortium (CaRC); the ACI-REF consortium; the Blue Waters project; ESnet; Open Science Grid; Compute Canada; the EGI Foundation; the Coalition for Academic Scientific Computation (CASC); and Internet2.

See for details, and follow PEARC on Twitter (@PEARC_17) and on Facebook (PEARChpc).

Featured photo at top of page: XSEDE15 Student Program Committee and student volunteers. PEARC17 Student Program Chair Alana Romanella (front, left). Photo by XSEDE.

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